Boston residents and out-of-towners never have to worry about getting bored. The city has a number of culturally significant places that you can visit after work and on the weekends, when you have more time. The foundations of the city go back to 1630, when it was given its name by Protestant colonists. Since then, a number of immigrants have made the city their home. Note that all the places that we have mentioned here can be visited for free.
The Museum of Fine Arts
Boston’s iconic Museum of Fine Arts holds as many as 450,000 pieces of art, ranging from avant garde art work by Mexican artists to the mummified remains of ancient Egyptian royalty. It has one of the largest collections in the world. You might be happy to know that you can visit this repository of the world’s culture for free after 4 pm on Wednesdays. Entry is free for youngsters between the ages of 7and 17 years after 3 pm on weekdays, and is free all day on weekends and on school holidays (public).
The State House
The State House was built on the land which once belonged to the first governor of Massachusetts, John Hancock. Guided tours and admissions to the State House are free, but you may have to reserve a spot in advance.
The USS Constitution is the oldest afloat warship in the world. If you happen to be in Boston on the 4th of July, make your way to the harbor and you can see the ship being taken out. You can also embark on the ship on other days (Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 3.30 pm). Do not forget to visit the museum on the ship. The guided tours are free.
Samuel Adams Brewery
How many of you have visited a brewery? Not many hands will go up, we are sure. Incidentally, Boston is home to the Samuel Adams Brewery, which also has a glorious past. Samuel Adams, was a brewer, a patriot and one of the founding fathers of the United States. If you want to see the process that goes into making the world’s oldest brew, here is your chance. You can also smell signature hops and wet your lips with special malts. Both the tasting and the tour are free, but for the tasting, keep your ID with you.
The Hatch Shell
Game for some free flicks and outdoor music? If you are, visit the Hatch Shell, by the shores of the Charles River. The place hosts a number of free outdoor music events. When summer comes, the State Department of Conservation and Recreation also throws in free concerts and projects movies.
This is only a small list of what the city has to offer. Some of the other historically and culturally significant places that you can visit for free in Boston are the Bunker Hill Monument, the Museum of African American History, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Fire Museum and Coit Observatory among others.