8 Free Things You Should Do in Boston Before Summer Ends

By Lisa Occhino

We all know that warm weather days in Boston are numbered, so make the most of it with these eight things you can do in the city on a college budget (yes, we define “college budget” as free):

1. Explore Boston’s public art.

public art

Click here to view an interactive map that shows where all the art is located throughout the city.

2. Save yourself 12 bucks and go see a free outdoor movie instead.


Fridays at the Hatch Shell, Saturdays at Prudential Center’s South Garden until the end of August! All movies begin at sundown. Don’t forget a picnic blanket!

3. Go to the Museum of Fine Arts.


It’s always free if you show your Berklee ID, and there’s free admission on Wednesdays after 4pm for everyone else. We recommend visiting before August 4th to see the Samurai exhibition before it closes!

4. Take advantage of Free Ferry Days.


The next one is on August 9th, and the ferry can take you to either Spectacle Island or Georges Island. Tickets are first come, first served – click here to learn more.

5. Check out the incredible street performers at Faneuil Hall.

street perfomers - photo by Sean Smyth

Photo credit: Sean Smyth of boston.com

Daily performances from 11am-7pm.

6. Browse through the vintage market, artist studios, and galleries at SoWa Open Market.


Open every Sunday through October, 10am-4pm. Click here for more details.

7. Visit the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, and more for free with a library card.


Did you know you could use your Boston Public Library card to reserve museum passes? Reservations fill up very quickly, so hop on it!

8. Go to the esplanade, sit on the docks, and take in Boston’s beautiful cityscape.


Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments below what your favorite free summer activities in Boston are!