Free Admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum BostonThe Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering free admission on Thursday, February 26, 2015 starting at 11am to help beat those winter blues!

Free admission will be timed every 30 minute with the last entry at 8pm and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only a specific number of visitors will be admitted at a time due to capacity regulations.

For more information, please head here.

If you can’t make it for Free Admission on Thursday, head to my Boston Discount Attractions page to find out about all the discounts and offers offered by the museum regularly.  

H/T Adam at BHATI Blog!


Boston Museums with Free Admission Every Day of the Week

Boston Museums Free Admission Days

Taking advantage of Museum Free Days is a great way to see and visit Boston on a budget!

I have a page on Boston on Budget that tries to list every discount and deal for every Boston attraction, but I know it can be a little overwhelming especially if you are just looking for a free museum to visit or are looking for plans for a specific day!

Below is all the museums in the Greater Boston area that has free (or practically free) museum entry on a specific day of the week or every day of the week. Enjoy!


The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is free on Wednesdays after 4pm (suggested donation of $25)
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Harvard Museum of Natural History offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year with ID
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year with ID
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA is free the first Wednesday of every month for visitors (no large groups)
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773


The Institute of Contempory Art (ICA) has Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5-9pm
100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA is free on Thursdays from 5-9pm
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301


Boston Children’s Museum offers $1 admission (almost free!) from 5-9pm every Friday night thanks to Target!
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210


Harvard Art Museum is free for Massachusetts residents from 10am to 12pm on Saturdays (Free daily for Cambridge residents!)
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Boston Fire Museum from 11-6pm on Saturdays admission is free but donations are appreciated
344 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA offers free admission on the first Saturday morning of each month (10am-12pm)
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609


Harvard Museum of Natural History offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology offers Massachusetts residents free admission every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Always Free Museums:

U.S.S. Constitution: The U.S.S. Constitution Museum is free (with suggested donation for $5-10 per adult) and guided tours of the boat are free.
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, MA 02129

Boston University Art Gallery is free daily (closed on Mondays).
855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Commonwealth Museum is free during open hours (Monday-Friday 9-4:45pm).
220 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125

Otis House is free for Boston residents
141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114

Waterworks Museum is free during open hours which vary depending on season.
2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467

Museum of Bad Art in Brookline is free 10am to 10pm from Monday-Thursday and until 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays at Brookline Access Television. The Somerville location is free with a movie ticket and the Dedham location is temporarily(?) closed.
46 Tappan Street, Top Floor, Brookline, MA 02445

The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA is always free when they are open (Wednesday-Sunday 1-4pm).
189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA 02331

Also, Boston Library Cardholders can receive discount and free admission to some of Boston’s best museums. For example, BPL cardholders can receive free admission for up to four people for the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium. You do need to make reservations in advance (especially during vacation weeks and other popular days) but it’s very easy to receive free admission! Any Massachusetts resident can become a Boston Library Cardholder too.

Bank of America Cardholders can also receive free admission to many museums like the MFA and MIT Museum the first weekend of every month with Bank of America’s Museums On Us program.

Don’t forget to check out Boston Discount Attractions page for so many other great discounts on Boston Museums, Attractions, Fun, and more!

And please let me know in the comments below if I missed any free museum days in the Greater Boston Area! Thanks!

Discount Tickets to Events at Boston Symphony Hall

Boston Symphony Hall Discount Tickets

Have you been to an event a Boston Symphony Hall before? If you are looking to attend an event for the first time or the tenth time, you may be interested in some discount tickets to Symphony Hall performances!

Charles Dutoit will be leading BSO on March 4, 2015 and discount tickets are starting at $19.50 with full price tickets starting at $39! If that show doesn’t work for you, keep an eye out on Goldstar Boston because new shows and dates are always added.

Also, if you’d rather, you can catch the Longwood Symphony Orchestra for free (just pay service fees) for certain dates at Jordan Hall in Boston.

Have you seen the BSO at Boston Symphony Hall before?

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Goldstar. Please see my disclosure policy here if you have any questions.

$5 Admission to the Zoo for February Vacation Week

zoo new england

If you are looking for something budget-friendly and fun to do February Vacation Week, Zoo New England is offering $5 admission from February 16-22 at both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

The $5 admission price is not available with online ticket purchases. For more information for $5 admission at Zoo New England this week, please head here.

Also, don’t forget to check out my Budget-Friendly Ideas in Massachusetts for February Vacation Week for even more great and inexpensive things to do this week!

Budget-Friendly Ideas for February Vacation

Massachusetts February Vacation Ideas on a Budget

Believe it or not, next week is February Vacation in Massachusetts. If you are staying put in MA, I feel ya.

Below are a list of suggestions for budget-friendly things to during February Vacation week if you and/or the kids have the week off.

What do you plan to do during February Vacation week? Do you have any budget-friendly suggestions that I may have missed?

Please leave any other inexpensive ideas in the comments below!

5 Cheap Date Ideas in Boston for the Winter

Date Ideas in Boston for the winter

Are you looking for some date ideas in Boston for during these cold and snowy winter days without spending too much money?

Below are 5 Date Ideas in Boston for Valentine’s Day weekend and during the cold, winter months!

1. Visit an Art Museum: The Museum of Fine Arts is free with suggested donation on Wednesday nights after 4pm and the ICA is free on Thursdays from 5-9pm. Also, there are other discounts and free museum days for art museums in Boston such as next Saturday, 2/21/15 at the MFA.

2. Enjoy the Boston Science Museum or New England Aquarium: If you have a Boston Public Library Card (any Massachusetts resident can get one) you can request free passes to the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and much more! You do have to request passes in advance, especially for popular days. However, this is a great way to check out Boston Museums for free!

3. Check out a Brewery or Wine Tour: Head to Sam Adams Brewery for a free tour (and free beer samples) in Jamaica Plain or pay $5 for a tour of Harpoon Brewery for a fun and inexpensive date idea. If you’d rather a little more romance, check out the Boston Winery in Dorchester with wine samples, pizza samples and a tour of the winery for $10 on Saturdays.

4. Laugh at a Discount Comedy Show: There are so many comedy shows in Boston and there are some great choices on a budget! I had a great date night at Laugh Boston and bought my tickets through Goldstar Boston. Tickets through Goldstar Boston were actually free and I just had to pay a service fee of $6 each. Also, comedy clubs like Improv Boston have free shows during open mic nights and more!

5. Take a class together: Stores like Williams Sonoma offers free technique classes and would be a cute way to spend time together for free learning something new! Also, check out your local community college or local town for cheap classes that would be perfect for date nights like dances classes and more!

Also, if you are looking for ideas exclusively for Valentine’s Day weekend in Boston, all National Parks will be free from February 14-16, 2015 and may be a good chance to enjoy a National Park for free if you can take a break from shoveling!

Also, check out daily deal sites like Groupon for discount local activities and restaurant deals for more date ideas. Even better, use promo code LOVE20 to save 20% off Groupon deals through 2/10/15! Also, always has food vouchers for local Boston restaurants and more so make sure to check them out as well!

If you are looking for even more date ideas in Boston, make sure to head here! Also, don’t forget to check out the Boston Cheap Eats page for happy hour deals and specials, which would make for a great appetizer and more before or after an activity!

What is your favorite cheap date idea in Boston for the winter?

*This post contains affiliate links to Groupon and Please read my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

Congratulations New England Patriots!

UPDATE: Due to weather, the Patriots Parade has been POSTPONED to Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Congratulations to the New England Patriots!!! Woohooo! Whew. What a game.

Cue the Duck Boats!

Tomorrow, February 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. Wednesday there will be a Patriots parade starting at the Prudential Center and ending at City Hall Plaza. There will be 25 Duck Boats filled with Patriots players, families, and personnel to celebrate the Super Bowl win. However, unlike previous celebrations, there will be no rally at City Hall.

Also, Dunkin Donuts has extended their When the Pats Win, You Win promotion due to Monday’s snow, so you can grab a FREE Coffee on Tuesday too!

Will you be celebrating the Patriots Super Bowl win tomorrow?


New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

Super Bowl Parties, Events and the Best Deals in Boston!

Lets Party Bill

Woohoo! The Super Bowl is finally here!

If you are looking for some cheap and fun places to cheer on the Patriots on Sunday, here’s some local Boston Restaurants and Bars with great Super Bowl promotions and deals!

Papagayo: Head to any Papagayo before kickoff with a reservation (and purchase a drink) and if the Pats win, your bill will be free! Your bill will be discounted 50% if not.

The Tap Trailhouse (Faneuil Hall): Get a noble dog and freedom trail ale for $10. If the Pats win, get a gift card for every point the Pats score for your next visit (must be in by first quarter)!

The Living Room (North End): .35 Jumbo wings on game days during the season

Clerys (South End): Enjoy this annual football party with a $25 ticket (per person) which includes tax & gratuity, a guaranteed table, your choice of any two beers, an appetizer sampler platter during the first half & a pizza buffet at half time

Kings (Back Bay): NFL Apps and pitchers specials and giveaways every quarter

The Merchant (Downtown/Financial District): Half-price apps during the game and $6 venison chili!

Olde Magoun’s Saloon (Somerville): All-you-can-eat BBQ tailgate party from 5-9pm for $14 per person.

East End Grille (Somerville): Enjoy a Superbowl party from 6:30pm to 11pm with free parking, giveaways and a free munchie buffet at half time!

Johnny D’s (Somerville): Cheap sliders, hot dogs, wings, nachos and more! Doors open at 4pm.

Shop the newest New England Patriots fan gear at Fanatics!

State Park (Cambridge): .25 wings during the Super Bowl

Bukowski Tavern (Cambridge location): Score three mini hot dogs (alligator smoked sausage with cilantro creamed corn sauce, bison with Sriracha ketchup and jalapeno Dijon, and venison with a chervil, basil, cucumber, and tomato relish) for $10 from coin flip to final second of the game. [Press Release]

Restaurant dante (Cambridge): Complimentary pomodoro bruschetta at the bar & high tops. Also, whenever the Patriots score, they’ll send around arancini with porcini risotto, mozzarella, and truffle honey.

BOKX 109 (Newton): Enjoy a buffet-style spread of wings and more for $25 per person at the bar and $10 pitchers.

Captain Fishbones (Quincy): .50 wings, half price pizzas, $4 sausages, and a complimentary buffet during halftime.

Cagney’s Restaurant & Pub (Quincy): Free mac & cheese starting at 3pm, free half time buffet, giveaways and more!

Maggy’s Lounge (Quincy): $2 Cheese Pizzas and $15 buckets of beer

Asia Palace (Weymouth): All-you-can-eat buffet for $10 per person

Strega Waterfront and Strega Prime (Multiple locations): Half-price appetizers in bar/lounge. Source.

Legal Sea Foods (Multiple locations): Takeout offer on Super Bowl weekend: Get six “Souper Bowls” of Clam Chowder for $12 at Legal Sea Foods takeout counters (regularly $21.95).

There’s also a lot of ski areas that offer discount lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday if you’d rather be on the slopes. You can find ski deals through Liftopia (affiliate) here.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great Super Bowl deals or events in Boston and beyond.

Where will you be watching Super Bowl 49?