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Boston on the cheap, but with lots of fun!

6 Jun 2006  Been there done that
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 24 votes

How to have fun in Boston and not spend a fortune

We all have done it before. Planned for a nice weekend away, but by the time all is said and done you realize that you have spent a kings ransom! well help is here. I will show you that it doesn't cost a fortune to enjoy a fun weekend away.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Braintree, Boston
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Where To Stay
    Motel 6 Boston South - Braintree, Braintree, Massachusetts

    The Motel 6 is the perfect answer to the high high hotel prices in Boston. For about $72.00 a night you'll get a clean room, free local phone calls and morning coffee. It's right opposite the T, Boston's subway system which will put you in downtown Boston in 30 minutes for only $2.00!

  • 2. Transportation

    Forget renting a car in Boston, it's way to expensive and parking will kill ya. Instead take the "T" , Bostons public transportation system. Boston has a good subway, trolley and bus system. You can get to ANY tourist place you want very easily. A 1 day visitors pass is $9.00, and a 7 day pass is only $15.00

  • 3. Beacon Hill
    Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts

    Beacon Hill is fun to stroll around. The ritzy, beautiful historic, 19th century, red-brick neighborhood's homeowners include Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz. This National Historic District is exceptionally well-preserved, with well maintained charming houses, low-traffic streets paved with cobblestones and gas-lit street lighting. Louisburg Square, is an area not to be misssed. The cost, $0 the best thing. The MBTA Red Line Charles MGH Station is the closest "T" stop.

  • 4. Boston Public Gardens

    The 24-acre Boston Public Garden, established in 1837, was the first botanical garden in the U.S. It's lush flower gardens provide glorious color, cool shaded green grass, park benches to read or people watch from. No visit to Boston would be complete without a stroll in the Garden, which is maintained by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the Friends of the Public Garden. The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest "T" stop.

  • 5. Swan Boats
    Swan Boats, Boston, Massachusetts

    A Boston institution, the Swan Boats are located in the Boston Public Garden. The Swan Boats driver paddles passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon for a 15 minute peaceful cruise. At only $2.75 it's a bargain. The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest "T" stop. From this stop, it is a easy four minute walk through the Public Garden.

  • 6. Freedom Trail
    Freedom Trail, Boston, Massachusetts

    The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red brick or red painted line that travels through Beacon Hill, downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown. It passes sixteen nationally significant historic sites, our country's cherished places where American patriotism and American democracy were born. The beginning of the Trail is at Boston Common Visitor Center. Guided 90 minute walking tours of the Freedom Trail with a costumed character costs $12.00. Don't bother paying for a guided tour though, it's very easy to amble along at your own pace, you can stop along any of the attractions anytime you want. Cost, again $0. The MBTA Green Line or Red Line Park St Station is the closest "T" stop.

  • 7. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Massachusetts

    Faneuil Hall Quincy Market place is a collection of old stone wharehouse buildings, with Faneuil Hall as the center piece. It's an electic selection of shops and resturants. A great place to stroll around, shop, eat, people watch, or rest while on the Freedom Trail. Restaurants as well as the shops can be expensive though, but it costs nothing to browse. The crowds and environment make this a great urban space. The MBTA Blue Line Govt Center or Orange Line State St Station is the closest "T" stop.

  • 8. Harbour Cruise

    For a real cheap harbor cruise the best deal in Boston, don't spend your money on those commercial tours. Instead take the "T" inner harbor ferry between Long Wharf and the Charlstown Navy Yard. For only $1.70 you'll get a great view of the skyline, Logan Airport, and the harbor. It's a short ride only about 10-15 minutes. If you do the Freedom Trail this the perfect way to get back downtown without having to re-trace your steps and all that walking. The MBTA Blue Line Aquarium Station is the closest "T" stop.

  • 9. Good Cheap Eats
    Pizzeria Regina, Boston, Massachusetts

    Pizzeria Regina in Boston's quaint north end, Little Italy neighborhood is a MUST. It has been a Boston institution since 1926. It's nothing fancy, drab brown walls and formica tables, but it's the pizza you're after. Expect a line, sometimes down the the block but oh is the wait worth it! Split a large cheese for $11.99 and order a mug or two of Moretti's and you're in heaven. One thing to keep in mind is that they only accept cash. The MBTA orange Line and Green Line Haymarket Station is the closest "T" stop.

  • 10. Free Beer
    Boston Beer Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

    The original Sam Adams brewery. Learn the history of the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Sam Adams Beer. The Boston Beer Museum is fabulous. Located in the original brewery, you will learn how grain, yeast, barley, and hops turn into Americas BEST beer. At the end of the tour you get to sample the famous brew. Admission is free, but they request a $ 2.00 donation to charity. The MBTA Orange Line Stony Brook Station is the closest "T" stop

  • 11. Esplanade / Hatch Shell

    The Hatch Shell is famous for the concert he Boston Pops gives here every July 4th. It is also home to many FREE events all summer long. Everything from the friday night flicks, a family friendly movie to oldies concerts, jazz concerts, classical concerts. It seems as if there is something going on allmost every other day here. Grap a blanket and enjoy a night under the stars. The MBTA Red Line Charles MGH Station is the closest "T" stop.