6 Things To Do In Boston For Under 10 USD

cheap things to do in boston

Boston is a one-of-a-kind city full of unique things to see and do. If you are traveling on a budget (or simply looking for more affordable ways to enjoy the city) check out this list and learn how you can make the most of your trip to Boston.

1. Visit the Arnold Arboretum (free)

cheap things to do in boston | visit the arnold arboretum (free)

On a sunny day, spend the afternoon enjoying Harvard’s stunning arboretum. If you are lucky enough to be in Boston during autumn, this is a must. The bright colors and leaf-covered lawns are gorgeous. One visit to the Arnold Arboretum and you will understand why autumn in New England is so famous.

2. Explore Boston’s rich history along the Freedom Trail (free)

cheap things to do in boston | explore boston’s rich history along the freedom trail (free)

Boston is home to some of the most important moments in the history of the United States. Learn about it all as you walk the Freedom Trail from the Massachusetts State House to the USS Constitution. While walking the Freedom Trail is free, it is worth the 16.50 USD (15 EUR) ticket to see inside the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House along the trail.

3. Take the water taxi during sunset 3.25 USD (2.97 EUR)

cheap things to do in boston | take the water taxi during sunset 3.25 usd (2.97 eur)

There are a few water taxis that cross the river, each at different prices, throughout the day. The ride is okay during the daytime, but for the same price you can ride during sunset and catch an incredible sight. The river turns gold in the light of the setting sun and the view of the Boston skyline is truly spectacular.

4. Stargaze from the Charles River Esplanade

cheap things to do in boston | stargaze from the charles river esplanade

Sitting on the Esplanade is one of the most magical ways to spend a night in Boston. Depending on the weather it can either be silent or full of local Bostonians, but it is worth a visit regardless of who else is or is not there. Seeing the water sparkle under the moonlight and listening to the hum of the city behind you is an amazing experience.

5. Get a drink at America’s oldest restaurant (varies)

get a drink at america’s oldest restaurant (varies)

While dinner at Union Oyster House will cost quite a bit, you can always stop by for a drink. It won’t cost nearly as much and you can still brag that you have sat inside the oldest restaurant in the United States.

6. Eat at Faneuil Hall (varies)

eat at faneuil hall (varies)

When you do get hungry, head around the corner to Faneuil Hall. This historic hall is full of food vendors of all varieties. Whatever kind of cuisine you are craving, you are almost guaranteed to find it in Faneuil Hall.

Explore Boston without going broke

Boston is a wonderful city where history and modernization come together. With this handy list of things to do in Boston, you can experience everything the city has to offer without spending all of your money. Hopefully this list will help you make the most of your time here. Now go enjoy this gorgeous city!

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Sarah Dittmore is a freelance blogger and travel addict. Though currently living in California, she is constantly on the road and in search of her next adventure. Sarah has visited over 25...Read more

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