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Beantown for a Buck

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It is possible to enjoy Boston without spending a fortune.  In fact, many of the city's most famous destinations can be enjoyed gratis.  That's what happens in towns that have as much history and beautiful outdoor space as Boston does. The following places and activities are completely FREE and open to the public, so there's really no excuse not to check them out. Enjoy!  
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North End

I love anything involving pasta and/or cheese, so naturally I'm a huge fan of the North End, Boston's little Italy. I like to come here when I want to get away from the pretentious, New-Englandy-ness of Boston and pretend I'm in Italy, wandering the cobblestone streets of the old world. And you really...

Public Garden

Willow trees, swan boats, statues and tulips. These are the things that come to mind when I think of the Public Garden. What a wonderful place for a stroll, picnic, or mid-afternoon nap. And it's no wonder you can always find newly engaged couples taking their awkward photos here--the scenery is...

USS Constitution Museum

I'll admit that I didn't actually know much about the USS Constitution before I visited, but I'm a born-and-raised New Englander, so naturally I'm an avid sailor and love anything nautical. But did you know that the USS Constitution was launched in 1797? 1797, and it's still afloat and commissioned...

Charles River Esplanade

I love love love the Charles RIver Esplanade. It is a fitness nut's paradise, with beautiful riverside paths perfect for walking, running, biking and roller blading. And there's even a section reserved for strength training with a cushioned area for stretching and yoga, pull-up bars, and various...

SoWa Open Market

Every Sunday from May to October, artists, farmers, foodtrucks and shoppers gather in the South End for this fun and vibrant outdoor market. I love just walking through the place and seeing what's on offer. And it's fun to talk to some of the artists themselves, and to hear a little more about what they...

Mount Auburn Cemetery

When a friend of mine first proposed that we visit the Mt. Auburn cemetery, I wasn't really sure what to think. I'd heard of the Granary Burial Ground, with Sam Adams and Paul Revere, but not Mt. Auburn. And wouldn't a cemetery be depressing? Not so! The Mt. Auburn cemetery feels more like a park or...

Institute of Contemporary Art

I like the ICA because it's different every time you go. And I just love the some of the weird, oddball stuff that's on display here. I may not always understand the exhibits here, but I can still enjoy them. And I like the way the ICA always seems to feel fresh and exciting; it isn't your typical, stuffy...

Hostelling International - Boston

While Hostels are huge overseas, they don’t seem to have really caught on in the US yet (we American’s aren't ones for sharing), so I was really curious to check out Hostelling International’s property in Boston to see what it was all about. I've stayed in some seriously sketchy hostels in my time, so I...

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

I'm taking off a star, since this is maybe one of the most crowded, touristy spots on the planet, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a good time when I come to Faneuil Hall. There energy there is off the charts. And while the place is crawling with vendors trying to make a buck, I find you can really still...

Samuel Adams Brewery Co

The Sam Adams Brewery Tour and tasting is the perfect thing to do with visitors from out of town. It's incredibly Bostony, the tour guides a clever and fun, and the tasting is pretty solid--especially when you consider the fact that tours are technically free, with a $2 suggested donation (which...