Visiting Boston is like riding in a time machine watching American history unfold. While there are undoubtedly plenty of ways to spend your money here, there are also numerous classic attractions that are inexpensive and perfect for families. Here are four of our favorite budget destinations.
Budget Attractions in Boston
Paul Revere House
On January 1, 1735, Paul Revere was born in the North End, Boston. He was a successful Silversmith, a member of the Sons of Liberty and later in history for his “Midnight Ride” to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the approaching of the British troops. Thus, the two were able to avoid arrest.
Paul Revere House on 19 North Square was purchased in 1770, was the house he left for the famous ‘Midnight Ride.’ His great-grandson repurchased it a hundred years later, intending to preserve it, and it still stands today. It is considered the oldest building in Downtown Boston and, to many, their favorite part of the Freedom Trail. Admission fees are $5.50-$6 for adults and $1 for children between the ages of five and seventeen.
Old State House/Old South Meeting House Combo
Old State House was known as the Town House when it was constructed in 1713. Today, it has become a museum. Many visitors directed their focus here as many drastic events in Massachusetts were taking place both here and in the vicinity, including the Boston Massacre.
Old South Meeting House was built as a church in 1727. It was remembered as the meeting place for the planning of the famous Boston Tea Party. Today it’s another historic site along the path of the Freedom Trail and a venue for special events.
Revolutionary Spaces combine the two sites to allow visitors a close-up look at American history. Admission fees run from $14-$15 for adults and $8 for children. Visitors only need to pay once to visit both locations.
USS Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution, also known as the ‘Old Ironside’, was one of the six frigates built to protect those U.S. merchant ships from being harassed and attacked by the British and French in the Atlantic and the Caribbean in the 1790s.
The USS Constitution Museum opens daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed on major holidays. Ship hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday, and major holidays. A suggestion admission fee is $10-$15 for adults and $5-$10 for children.
Boston Athenaeum, on 10 ½ Beacon Street, is open to members and visitors. Artworks from special collections can be found on the first floor, and its admission fee is $6-8 for adults, free for children (ages 12 and under) and is free for everyone on the second Saturday of every month. A $40 Day Pass for those who want to have all members’ floors experience. Reservations for various tour groups are available for $5-$10 per person.