My dear Lola,
Who said that traveling to the United States was expensive? Boston offers dozens of free plans for all tastes and ages.
Check out the best top 9 free things to do in Boston ¡¡without spending a single Dollar!!
Boston’s most popular tour runs from downtown to Charlestown, on the other side of the Charles River.
The 2,5 “Freedom trail” miles route was created in 1951 and it passes by 16 significant locations of the history of the United States of America.
By visiting neighborhoods like Beacon Hill or the Italian North End, and following the red bricks line that marks the route in its 2,5 miles, the main city tourist attractions are covered. From the spectacular Boston Common to the Quincy Market, perfect for a halfway stop and to do some international menu tasting; from Italian pasta to Japanese sushi, through the popular Greek Gyros or the exotic Pad Thai.
Freedom trail starting point at the Boston Common
The route ends when crossing Charlestown bridge, after visiting the North End Italian quarter and ascending the 300 steps to reach the Bunker Hill obelisk top, up to more than 220ft.
Bunker Hill at Charlestown neighborhood and the USA national flag
The tour can be done free of charge by following the red brick line marked on the streets (for more information you can purchase a brief diptych with essential information from each of the tourist attractions in the tourist information centre of Boston Common by 3$).
For those wishing to make a complete guided tour, they are organized every 30 minutes for an approximate cost of $14.
Trinity Church, one of the “Freedom trail” main stops
2 – Boston Common Park
Spectacular at any time of the year, the park is located in the city centre and it becomes the meeting zone among Boston inhabitants. Theatre during the summer months, team sports, picnic area and gathering point for young people during the rest of the year, the park is available to everyone 365 days a year.
3 – Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library stands out, not only because of its impressive structure and architectonic style, but also because it is the largest municipal library in the country and the third largest one in the United States.
It collects up to 15 million books and organizes temporary exhibitions such as the current one; Shakespeare Unauthorized presented until March 31, 2017.
4 – Sunset at LongFellow bridge, or the “salt and peper” bridge
The LongFellow Bridge is undoubtedly the best spot to enjoy the most amazing sunsets in the city. Overlooking Beacon Hill disorganized silhouette and the Charles River Esplanade large green area on the right, and the Italian West and North End neighbourhood on the left, it is the perfect place to end the day.
The bridge is also known as “Salt and pepper bridge” because of its towers characteristic shape which seem to be a Salt and Pepper dispenser.
5 – Wander around Beacon Hill streets
Beacon Hill, next to the central Boston Common, it is the city most photographed neighborhood. Its old, winding and steep streets make it the city most picturesque area (and expensive).
During Halloween days, in October, Beacon Hill is transformed into a dark zone covered with skulls and pumpkins customized by the little ones… but somehow, the night of the October 31st everything changes to become the sweetest night of the year, literally.
It is estimated that each family purchases up to 6kg of candy to distribute among those who dare to visit them.
6 – Visit Battle book shop
It may not be the oldest or the most spectacular one, but it is undoubtedly the most bohemian in Boston.
The Battle Bookstore seems to be hidden in a small alley close to the Boston Common Park (West St). Its books, which do not exceed $5, are mostly second hand copies and old editions difficult to find nowadays.
The most curious thing? Everything is outdoors exposed…. Come and have a read!
7 – Enjoy the free tour at Samuel Adams Brewery and its 4-beer tasting afterwards
Local Samuel Adams Brewery offers one-hour free tours (with a $2 suggested donation) at its small factory.
The best thing is that at the end of the tour they also offer a 4 beers tasting master class!
8 – Feel like a Harvard student while walking around its University Campus
Samuel Adams Brewery is not the only one offering free tours. Harvard University also organizes guided tours around this prestigious institution campus led by its own students.
Without any doubt, a perfect way to really know the operation and lifestyle of the internationally known university campus.
9 – Get the best view from the Prudential Tower Skywalk Observatory
If when discovering a new city, there’s no better way to do it but walking its streets … The best perspectives are always from its highest building top.
The Skywalk Observatory, located on Prudential Centre 50th floor, it offers the best city views in a 360 ° panoramic.
Audio guides are provided and included in the ticket fee in the following languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Japanese and Mandarin. As well as the free access to its Multimedia Movie Theater, which screens shorts films about Boston’s history, its city structure and organization, future plans and projections, etc.