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Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
1. Boston Common and Public Garden (Cost: Free / Time: 1 hour)
Stroll across Boston Common - Beantown's answer to Central Park - and take in the beautiful foliage. Watch little kids splash in the duck pond or play frisbee with the locals. Spare the cost of a ticket to ride the swan boats and instead sit by the water's edge and see the swans collect under the weeping willows. Continue walking across the park to the Public Garden, where in summer the flower displays should not be missed. Snap a photo or two for at least one wedding party.
2. Newbury Street (Cost: Depends on your Willpower / Time: 1-2 hours)
While Newbury Street caters to the rich and famous, you don't have to have a great deal of disposable income to enjoy window shopping on the trendiest street in Boston. While the street boasts the likes of Chanel, Louis Vittouin and BCBG, you can also peruse the sale racks of old favorites like Gap, American Eagle and Urban Outfitters. The street also has a number of thrift and secondhand shops that shouldn't be missed - but remember to keep your line of sight down, most of the good spots are below street level.
3. Boston Theatre (Cost: Half-price off retail/c.$20+ / Time: 2-3 hours)
The hub's theatre scene is not to be missed, especially the "Broadway in Boston" series that brings the best of NY to Boston. For last minute, half price tickets to all available shows, go to one of two "BosTix" ticket booths in Copley Square or Faneuil Hall. Cash only.
4. Lunch at Faneuil Hall (Cost: $5-10pp / Time: 1 hour)
While the city is full of delicious restaurants and outdoor bistros, your best bet on a budget or with a family is lunch at Faneuil Hall, where 50+ vendors sell every cuisine possible. Not only will you save money on a traditional sit down dinner, but everyone in the family can eat what they like. My vote? The chowder in a bread bowl available from a number of vendors. If dessert is your pick, don't miss the gelato.
5. Tour of Fenway Park (Cost: $10-12 / Time: 1-2 hours)
While almost every summer visitor to Boston wants to see the Red Sox play, tourists and locals alike know that rising ticket prices have made this almost impossible for the budget conscious traveler. Instead, take in a tour of Fenway Park for a fraction of the cost. While Green Monster seats from a scalper could run you a few hundred dollars, you can see the view for free as part of your tour. If you can't resist taking in a game after the tour, go for a standing room seat for under $20 - if the weather's borderline or if the Sox are losing, you'll most likely find a seat anyways.