Now that you have moved to Boston, it seems like everyone wants to come visit. Of course, there are tons of things to do — theater and concerts to see, museums to visit, and oh the classic Duck Tours — but how do you entertain everyone without draining your bank account? Luckily there are lots of fun and cheap things to do in Boston if you know where to look. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Buck a shuck
Everyone knows New Englanders are proud of their oysters, so take your guests out to an oyster happy hour where everyone can slurp salty delicacies and, if you like, try some of Boston’s craft brews. The list of great places to eat is pretty extensive, but you could head to the Boston Public Market if you’re interested in a walking tour, Bastille Kitchen, La Brasa, Waypoint, and so many more food retailers and restaurants.
Bike the Rose Kennedy Greenway
If you have bikes, easy — just check the official map to locate the nearest entrance and point yourselves towards the Greenway. There you’ll find food trucks, the Trillium Garden beer garden, the Greenway Carousel, and a number of historical features along the way. The Greenway also traverses a number of parks where you can sit and eat a picnic lunch. Don’t have a bike, or need more for your family? Boston’s BlueBikes program will rent you a bike for the day for $10. Download the app and you can find bikes all over the city!
Show them the view from the Observation Deck at Independence Wharf
Once upon a time, there were way more observation decks open to the public, but this is one of the last. Just off the Harbor Walkway, this 14th-floor observation deck is open to the public if you bring your ID. You can show off your knowledge of the harbor and Boston’s landmarks as your visitors ooh and aah at the stunning views.
Take in a show or movie at the Hatch Shell
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Boston on the weekend, you can often find free outdoor movies around the city. If your visitors come with kiddos in tow, the Hatch Shell often shows family-friendly movies while the Boston Harbor Hotel puts up an inflatable screen to show more adult-oriented classics. Many of Boston’s neighborhoods also have local screening venues, so see what’s available in the parks near you.
Get your sweat on with The November Project
If you’re going to let someone yell at you to run faster or jump higher, it’s probably best you do so in a big group somewhere outdoors in the city. There’s slightly less pressure that way, right? Get your early morning workout at one of many locations in the city. Run the Harvard Stadium stairs, hit the hills at Summit Ave., and keep your eyes open for rotating locations. Workouts occur all year long, so no excuses. Not interested in an athletic sweat fest? Many of Boston’s best yoga studios have deals for those taking their first class.
Tour the Taza Chocolate factory
This is one of the most delicious and fun things to do in Boston on a budget: once Boston’s well-kept, hipster chocolate secret, Taza now occupies a 17,000 square foot factory where they make their craft stone-ground chocolates. Get an education in why the stone ground is the best, tour the grinding room, learn about how cacao is sourced, and then hit the factory store to sample. No guarantees you won’t walk out with way more chocolate than you really need; after all, moving to a cold climate (which… Boston is a cold climate) requires a little extra insulation.
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