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Explore the history of Boston without breaking the bank at some of these local sites

Traveling can be expensive, especially if you’re interested in sightseeing. Boston is a beautiful New England city with a rich history and lots to see. Historical sites  dating back to the American Revolution fill the entire city. Luckily, if you’re planning a visit to Boston, there are a handful of affordable ways to see the city.

Freedom Trail

If you’d like to explore the city on foot, the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail takes you to 16 historical sites in Boston, including the Liberty Tree and the site of the Boston Massacre. You’ll see everything from museums and churches to cemeteries and parks, all reflecting back on the events of the American Revolution. The trail received its name in 1951 and has been open to the public ever since. It takes about 90 minutes to walk the trail; you can explore on your own for free or you can purchase a guided tour. Certain stops along the way, like Faneuil Hall, offer free presentations from history experts throughout the day.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Dive into nature and science at the Harvard Museum of Natural History — the most-visited attraction at Harvard University. The museum first opened in 1998 and represents three different research museums. The first, the Harvard University Herbaria, specializes in plant life with millions of specimens from around the world. The Mineralogical & Geological Museum has more than 200,000 rock and ore specimens, as well as a meteorite collection. The Museum of Comparative Zoology has more than 21 million specimens including mammals, marine invertebrates and more. General admission is $12 per adult and includes all of the featured exhibits.

USS Constitution

One of the stops on the Freedom Trail, the USS Constitution deserves its own visit. Known as “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, serving as a historic landmark in the Boston Harbor. Right next door, the USS Constitution Museum gives you some insight into the ship’s history. You can explore both sites free of charge. However, if you do visit the museum, there is a recommended donation.

Revere Beach

One perk of staying in Boston is that it’s right by the Atlantic coast. Revere Beach, just north of downtown Boston, is considered America’s first public beach, established in 1896. Not only does it offer a beautiful view of the Massachusetts Bay, it also has dozens of fun attractions, restaurants and shops that are sure to keep you and your entire family entertained for the day. You can embark on active adventures like sea kayaking, canoeing, fishing or boating. If you want to save money, you can simply lie out and enjoy the summer sunshine.

 Boston is a breathtaking city with waterfront views and history stretching back for centuries. Save some cash during your trip by visiting one of these affordable attractions.

This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.


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