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8 Tips To Explore Boston on a Shoestring Budget in 2021

Asmita Karanje

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Are you traveling to Boston anytime soon? Then keep on reading this article that is specially made for first-timers or budget travelers looking to experience Boston at its best! Here is a list of tips you should follow starting from the best times to visit, transportation, and much more.

1. You should try to visit Boston in the off-seasons.

Summer is indeed a great season to make your visit, but due to the lovely weather, it can be crowded with tourists. The prices for food and hotels go up during this time of the year. So, the best time to visit is winter, it might be cold, but the sightseeing opportunities remain the same and you can even get some of the best hotel deals for your stays!

2. Celebrate Easter at Powisett farm

If you want to keep the kids entertained during Easter, head to Peter Rabbit’s Pizza Party and Easter Egg Roll. They can participate in a variety of crafts, including finding Easter eggs and enjoying oven-baked pizzas for as little as $12 only.

3. Get a Boston City Pass.

The Boston City Pass is a great way to explore the city if you are on a budget. It allows you to have 47% off the admission tickets at 4-5 major attractions in Boston and to skip the long queues which are a huge timesaver. The City Pass is USD 64 per person (adults) and USD 54 for children aged 3-11. The attractions included are the New England Aquarium, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Museum of Science, Franklin Park Zoo, and Boston Harbor Cruises.

4. Take a free walking tour in Boston.

Boston has a rich history and the best way to see that is by taking a free walking tour on the Freedom Trail, which goes on for 2.5 miles. You can see 16 historical sites which include Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Old Corner Bookstore, Boston Massacre Site, and Bunker Hill Monument.

5. Take the brewery tour at Samuel Adams Brewery.

Boston has been famous for its wines and beers since colonial times! So, why not see the brewing process and taste a sample at the Samuel Adams Brewery. The tours are free of charge and happen every 45 minutes.

6. Visit all the free parks and museums.

There are beautiful parks in Boston, perfect for a morning or an evening stroll. You can visit the parks like Arnold Arboretum, a paradise-like place in Boston for nature lovers with 280 acres filled with floral species! Then there are countless museums you can visit for free (some only on a given day) - Museum of Fine Art, The Warren Anatomical Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, etc.

7. Use public transportation whenever possible.

There are many options to choose from- subway, bus, or bicycle. The subway which is known as the MBTA is the cheapest and you can go anywhere by getting a 'Charlie Card' which starts at USD 2.40 for one way. You can also get the unlimited pass if you use the subway more frequently as it will cost only USD 13. You can also use the Charlie Card when using the bus. Then there is the bicycle, in which you can explore everything at a leisurely pace by renting a bicycle with a day pass costing about USD 10. Or else, there is another popular option; ride-sharing with other people with apps like Uber.

8. Vist the art exhibition at YardArt Watertown

If you love arts, you must visit this art exhibition that's premiering this year across the town to explore the artwork from over 120 artists across the country. They'd displaying them in the front yard of houses, footpaths, gardens, and porches.

9. Explore the history of Gore Place with a guide

Gore place also called "My Farm at Waltham” is offering guided walking tours of their estate - they take you down the historic times of the 18th century - providing information about how farming was done back then, the mansion and carriage house. Tickets are available for $15 and tours take place every Sat.

10. Jim Kelly Live at The Beehive

If you love live music, you should head to The Beehive at Tremont Street to enjoy the veteran guitar artist - Jim Kelly. It is a free event, but food and drinks are at your own expense.

Although Boston is quite an expensive city, it can be explored by budget travelers if the trip is planned perfectly. The city is vibrant, rich in history, has beautiful scenery and lots of delicious food options as well. Try public transportation - it is a great way to meet locals. And most of the attractions come for free, and if not getting a city pass or an all-inclusive will make you all set for an unforgettable trip.

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