Believe it or not, it is possible to have a fun day in Boston without spending a dime! Whether you’re looking for a cute date night activity, a cool hangout spot, or just something too do on a weekday or weekend, here are 10 things to do in Boston right now that are fun and completely free.
If you’ve ever wanted to take a closer look at the night sky above us, look no further than Public Open Night at Boston University’s Coit Observatory, located on top of the Physics Research Building. Every Wednesday, as long as the weather is clear, BU’s astronomy department hosts observation nights, starting at 8:30pm during the spring and summer months. You’ll be able to see the night sky and learn about astronomy along the way! Read more about the weekly event here.
2. Spend some time at the Boston Public Library
Is there any activity more peaceful than wandering through the Public Library? Particularly during the hotter moths, the Library is a great spot to cool off and sit down, or to check out some new books and get some reading done. While you’re there, consider stopping by the Library’s Tea Room for afternoon tea or evening cocktails.
At the ICA, youths 18 and under always receive free museum admission. Plus, every Thursday the museum offers free admission to everyone, which is available online at 10am on the day of the event. If you snag tickets quickly, it’s an excellent weekday or weeknight activity!
5. Stroll through Boston Common and Public Garden
We’re truly lucky to live in a city with such a gorgeous and well-maintained green space in a central location! A tiptoe through the tulips or a stroll through the Common are two underrated activities, perfect for a daytime walk or a date night. This summer, you can even watch free Shakespeare performances in the Common – this year’s production is Much Ado About Nothing.
The Kelleher Rose Garden is a fantastical floral gem in the heart of the Back Bay Fens, and it’s free for everyone to enjoy. It just recently opened again for the season, and its rose buds will bloom from May to June this year.
Back for its seventh season, the free outdoor workout series Seaport Sweat runs from May 2 through September 29 this year. The community-driven series offers nearly 200 fitness classes from award-winning fitness instructors. You’ll feel great after getting some sunshine and endorphins!
8. Visit the Worcester Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month. With a new exhibit “Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity,” plus a large permanent collection, this museum is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Find it at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.
Boston’s favorite outdoor interactive space is open as of May 5th, and it’s the perfect spot to relax. Entry and access to the space – including the iconic glowing swings – are free to all, and many of their events throughout the summer will be free too.
Massachusetts residents can get free admission every Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (from September through May). You’ll have to provide proof of residency, but you’re free to explore the museums after that! Find more information here.
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