8 Last Minute, Budget-Friendly Boston Staycation Activities

As the days of summer are dwindling, so are our entertainment budgets. Having fun and enjoying the last month of the season doesn’t have to be expensive or require a passport. We’ve compiled some family-friendly activities in Boston and beyond that are also budget-friendly:   

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Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

If it’s entertainment you’re after, you’re in luck. Classic family-friendly movies are shown each Friday at the Hatch Shell until August 25th. Movies begin at sunset but plan to get there early to reserve a spot and play lawn games with other cinema buffs!  


Free Fun Fridays at the ICA

Head to the Institute of Contemporary Art for Free Fun Friday and take in Nari Ward’s Sun Splashed installation, Gillian Wearing, Steve McQueen’s Ashes, or the ICA Collection’s New Acquisitions. Other activities include art-making, music, and performances.

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Hike at Blue Hills Reservation

Looking for something with a bit more physical activity? Pack a lunch and head to Blue Hills for a hike and picnic with the family (with scenic views as the reward!) Choose from a shorter, scenic hike or a more advanced path if you’re looking for a good workout. Map out your route here beforehand.


Tour the City via Hubway

Prefer a more leisurely type of exercise? Then Boston’s rideshare program called Hubway may be more your speed. With bicycle docks extending to Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, choose your adventure around your favorite neighborhood (and where you plan to eat!) At only eight dollars per day, Hubway provides one of the most wallet-friendly options for those looking to explore the city.  


Visit the USS Constitution Museum

Tour the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel currently afloat. The USS Constitution was built here in Boston’s own North End and now resides in Charlestown. Learn about the role Old Ironsides played in both war and peace for a small suggested donation between five to ten dollars.

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Walk the Freedom Trail

Explore Boston’s extensive history with a two and a half mile walk with stops at 16 notable sites. Whether it be The Old North Church, State House, or the USS Constitution you’re looking to learn about, participants are welcomed to join the tour at the beginning, middle, or even the very end.


Star Gaze at the Coit Observatory at Boston University

If you’re after something a bit more dreamy, head to Public Open Night at the observatory starting at 8:30 pm on Wednesdays to learn about astronomy with professional grade telescopes. As space fills quickly, reserve your ticket prior to arriving to ensure admission!

You don’t need an extraordinary budget to have a great time during summer in Boston. Whether it’s sights around the city, the best beaches, or yummiest scoops, we’re happy to provide the latest and greatest within the community.