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We all know that there are plenty of ways to save on a vacation — fly and book air travel early in the week, get a room with cooking facilities, and watch what you spend on souvenirs, among many other things.
However, for your next trip to Massachusetts, there are a number of budget-friendly ways to have fun, including a collection of free and low-cost things to do in Boston. So, the next time you visit the Bay State, consider adventuring along the following wallet-friendly activities.
1. Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is completely free, and runs from the Boston Common over to Charleston at the Bunker Hill Monument. Along the way you’re going to spot plenty of historic sites, including Paul Revere’s home and the Old South Meeting House, among many other must-see attractions. The Freedom Trail Foundation also offers a number of discounts and values, as well as a roundup of special hotel packages for those looking to stay over night in the city.
2. Boston Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum of Boston presents an opportunity to educate your children on the topics of science, culture, the arts, and more. It’s open Saturday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for adults is $14, and kids aged one and under get in free. Plan your visit on a Friday evening after 5pm and everyone gets in for a dollar.
3. Walden Pond State Reservation
Henry David Thoreau thrust this locale into the national forefront with his literary work of the same name. It’s located in Concord, entrance is free, and parking costs just $5. It’s a great way to introduce yourself and your kids to the wonder of nature in Massachusetts, along with the inspiration of one of America’s most famous thinkers.
4. Harvard Museum of Natural History
The Harvard Museum of Natural History has a range of exhibits featuring the Glass Flowers collection with approximately 4,000 hand-blown botanical displays. The museum also boasts plenty of programs designed for kids of all ages. Admission is $12 for adults and kids under three get in free.
After all, seeing the great state of Massachusetts is awesome, but doing so for pennies on the dollar is even better.
What ways can you think of to save on a Massachusetts vacation?
David Bakke is a contributor for Money Crashers where he shares tips for credit cards, frugal travel hacks, budgeting, and more.
For more budget-friendly fun in Massachusetts, check out our 50 Under $50.