Ever feel like going out in Boston drains your bank account? While living in the city is a dream for many reasons, Boston is the 4th most expensive place to live in the US, which can make having fun feel intimidating and expensive while on a tight budget. This summer, take advantage of these great options that get you out of the house and into the gorgeous Massachusetts summer weather.
1. Visit the Bunker Hill Monument
Head over to Charlestown and visit the Bunker Hill monument and museum. Free and educational, this area has beautiful greenery surrounding it, and you can feel confident knowing you are getting your steps in walking to the top!
2. Walk, or rollerblade, on the Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade has everything you could want for an outing on a nice day: food, playgrounds, a view of the water. Take an afternoon to walk, bike, blade, scoot, (really, whatever floats your boat) in the fresh air; after a year cooped up inside, moving your body on a beautiful day is a sure-fire way to improve your mood. Even better, the Hatch Shell is virtually guaranteed to start having concerts again as Boston opens back up.
3. Picnic at the Arnold Arboretum
This Harvard botanical research institution doubles as a free public park. Trees, plants, and flowers of all types cover this 281-acre preserve. Want to go out to eat with your friends, but don’t want to pay Boston patio prices? Grab your favorite groceries and have a picnic! Picnics are great for a first or four-hundredth date, and that little extra effort to make it special will mean the world to whomever you take.
4. Explore Castle Island
Don’t let the name deceive you, there are no castles on Castle Island. There is, however, the granite bastion Fort Independence, which is one of the oldest English-founded forts in America. Even if revolutionary history is not your cup of tea, Castle Island boasts a beach, harborwalk, and playgrounds, so there is something to suit all interests and ages.
5. Go on a scavenger hunt
Think scavenger hunts are just for kids? Wrong! Grab a group of your friends, and enjoy running around the city trying to find someone wearing your college’s sweatshirt, collecting strangers’ signatures, or anything you please. As hard or as easy as you want, nothing is more satisfying than checking things off your list.
Though the call to sit on a patio and eat expensive food still rings, hopefully this list helps you go forth and conquer your summer while still managing to save money.