Boston on a Budget

Written by: Rachel Stankus

Boston is a great city because there are so many things to do; if there were a list it would be endless. That being said, it may be tricky to find things to do on a college student’s budget. Below are a list of Boston activities and attractions that are practically free. Because who doesn’t love free things?

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115


This museum has been open since 1876 and welcomes more than one million visitors each year. The MFA has a University Membership Program which allows students free admission with a valid student ID. It’s the perfect place to go on a rainy day. Click here to see if your school is one of the many participants in this program!


The Lawn on D

420 D St, Boston, MA 02210


This attraction, located in South Boston, is open during the spring and summer. Here, you can listen to live music, play lawn games, and swing on light-up swings, all for free! Food and beverages are also sold at the concession. So grab your friends, and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.


Boston Public Library

700 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116


This library was established in 1885 and is the second largest in the U.S. Here you can get a free guided tour of the building, or grab a cup of coffee from one of the three cafes located throughout the library. Whether you’re catching up on homework, studying for finals, or reading a good book, you can easily find the perfect spot to spend your afternoon here.


Faneuil Hall

4 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109


Faneuil Hall is the perfect place to go with a group of friends for the evening. There are endless restaurants to choose from, unique places to shop, and non-stop street entertainment. Unless you choose to shop or eat, it is completely free!


Boston Public Garden

4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116


This was the first public botanical garden in America, established in 1837. It’s perfect to spend a sunny spring day enjoying nature and people watching here. Just grab a book, sit by the pond, and soak in the sun.


Coit Observatory

 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215


This observatory is located at Boston University and is open to the public most Wednesday evenings. Here, you can observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars while learning some astronomy. While there is no admission fee, still be sure to reserve your ticket here before spots fill up.


Now if you want to spend the day in Boston, but don’t want to hurt your bank account, you can check out the attractions listed above for some cheap fun. There’s something for everyone to do in the city. How can you not love it?

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