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Blog: Boston on a Budget

Interested in a fun free day touring extraordinary architecture and murals? Then The Boston Public Library should be your next stop. Located less than ten minutes from our South End hotel, the Boston Public Library offers a free tour of its space.

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Until the weather thaws, we suggest staying indoors for your weekend fun and heading to the New England Aquarium, just a short drive from our South End hotel. With more than eighty African, Rockhopper and Little Blue Penguins, the museum is designed in a way that the penguins can be seen from anywhere in the aquarium.

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If you want a top-notch tour of Boston without having to break the bank, Free Tours by Foot is exactly what you’re looking for, with name-your-own price walking tours of the city, where the tour is technically free and visitors pay what they feel at the end of the tour, ensuring that the guide strives to do their best on every tour, and they do, earning Free Tours by Foot a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

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Winter in Boston means that the beloved Frog Pond in Boston Common has been frozen over and is now open for ice skating!

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The chilly winter weather is beginning to make itself at home, but luckily, there's plenty of inexpensive indoor activities for visitors to check out. ... View Details >
Nothing says Fall like Halloween and nothing says Halloween like pumpkin carving! On October 17th, from noon to 3pm, you can unleash your inner pumpkin artist by heading to 75 Chestnut, one of Beacon Hill's most charming restaurants, for their 10th annual Pumpkin Fest, where visitors of all ages can carve, decorate or paint some pumpkins. ... View Details >
If you want a beautiful view of the city without dealing with crowds, skip the streets, grab a paddle and head for Charles River. This nine-mile stretch is open to kayaks and canoes, which can be rented from Charles River Canoe and Kayak whenever an outing on open water moves you.... View Details >
Hanging out with the stars sounds like it would be expensive, but in Boston, you can do it for free! ... View Details >
Boston is one of the centers of American history, and while you can see many artifacts and relics of our history in the city's museums, there's also somewhere you can go to see the men behind the legends for yourself. ... View Details >
While a tour of the Massachusetts State House might sound a little dry, we assure you, the storied history of the building and of the state itself is anything but. ... View Details >
Stroll just a few blocks north of our Boston hotel and you'll find yourself in one of the city's most iconic (and oft photographed) green spaces.... View Details >
If you're a craft beer lover, nothing beats the one-hour brewery tour at Boston's own Sam Adams Brewery, where you can learn the history of the brand, experience the entire craft brewing process and enjoy free tastes of a few of their award-winning beers. Tours and tastings are free but it's a good idea to get there early to cut your wait time. ... View Details >
You've heard of The Museum of Fine Arts (free every Wednesday night between 4:00pm and 9:00pm) you've most likely heard of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum (free if your name is Isabella) you've maybe even heard about the Institute of Contemporary Art (Free on Thursday nights from 4:00 to 9:00pm) but did you know that Boston... View Details >
This summer the Berklee School of Music has started a new music series featuring Musicians from the school. Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the summer The Berklee School of Music will have free concerts from 12:00 to 2:00pm and they will take place at 100 Summer street. Below is the remaining schedule of concerts View Details >
Summer is upon us and with that Boston starts big with two major events scheduled, First up is the Boston Harborfest which runs July 2nd to July 6th. The Boston Harborfest is a Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution. Next up is a Boston... View Details >
Free Fun Fridays is the annual summer program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation that opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in and around Boston. This year, 60 museums and cultural venues will participate in the program which Begins June 28th and runs through August 30th,... View Details >
Did you know that just a short walk down East Berkeley St from 40 Berkeley is the SoWa open markets? The Market is broken up into 4 sections, The Food Truck Court, The Farmers Market, The Arts Market and The Vintage Market. With so much going on the SoWa Market has something for everyone. ... View Details >
If you're in the Boston area, you know its cold outside right now. This doesn't have to keep you stuck in your hotel room throughout your trip. Boston is home to plenty of indoor winter activities and events. Here are some great choices. Public Open Night @ the BU Astronomical Observatory Enjoy observing the sky... View Details >
Boston may seem like an expensive city to live in or visit. However, if you want to see the best Boston offers, backpacking through the city may be the best choice. Not only will you save money, but you will also see the true charm of the city. Traveling through Boston on a budget is... View Details >
The holiday season is around the corner and staying in the Boston area provides an opportunity to enjoy some of the best holiday events, including tree lighting. The city comes alive during the holiday season and many great events will be found throughout the Boston area. Here are some upcoming tree lighting events to kick... View Details >
When you book your stay directly with 40Berkeley, you gain access to the Free Pass Program. This program provides a free pass to one of the top Boston attractions. Enjoying Boston on a budget just got much easier.... View Details >
Traveling to Boston during the fall provides plenty of great activities and events. If you play to come into the city during September and October, you can find plenty to enjoy. Check out the list 40Berkeley has collected for you to choose from.... View Details >