Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for April 21-22, 2018!

Free Things to Do this Weekend in Boston

There’s so much fun and free things to do this weekend in Boston! Fingers crossed for a lovely Spring Weekend!

Cambridge Science Festival: April 13-22, 2018. Enjoy this 10-day, 200+ event festival celebrating and showcasing STEAM. Many events are free.

CraftBoston: April 20-22, 2018. Enjoy this fun craft fair and check out a lot of homemade and local goods. Tickets are $15 but Goldstar has discount tickets for $0-7.50 (affiliate link).

Free Park DaySaturday, April 21, 2018. Enjoy free admission to all national parks this Saturday for National Park Week.

Free Marine Mammal Safaris: Saturday, April 21, 2018. Save the Harbor is hosting free Marine Mammal Safaris on Saturday with availability on the 9:30AM cruise still available.

East Boston Open Studios: April 21-22, 2018. Local East Boston artists are opening their studios to the public this weekend.

Boating Open House: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9-1PM. Go for a sail and learn more about Community Boating Inc. with this free open house.

Earth Day Art Market: Saturday, April 21-22, 2018 at CambridgeSide. Enjoy this Earth Day Art Market with handmade gifts, original art, jewelry and one-of-a-kind merchandise from local and regional artists.

Spring Family Day: Celebrating our Diverse Stories: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Join the EMK Institute with activities celebrating America’s diversity. Recommended for ages 5+.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Half Off Mass Audubon Family Memberships

Mass Audubon

From now until June 30, 2018, Mass Audubon memberships are up to half off and includes many great benefits including free admission to many Massachusetts wildlife sanctuaries as well as other benefits.

A family membership is only $32 a year and includes two adults living in the same household and their children or grandchildren under the age of 18.

This is such a great deal if you plan to explore Mass Audubon properties this year, especially Drumlin Farms in Lincoln. Admission to Drumlin Farms is $9 for adults and $6 for kids, so for a family of four it would be $30 for one visit.

A membership is a great way to go for a family, especially if you plan to visit Drumlin Farms more than once and/or explore more Mass Audubon properties like the Blue Hills Trailside Museum.

We got this membership last year when we went to Drumlin Farms for this reason during their half off sale as it quickly pays for itself! Drumlin Farms is super cute to bring little ones to as well if you are looking for some day trips outside the city, and don’t forget to pack a picnic!

For more information or to purchase a membership for Mass Audubon, please head here.

Budget-Friendly Activities During April Vacation Week

April Vacation Week in Boston

Next week is April Vacation in Massachusetts and there’s a lot of budget-friendly activities to take advantage of. Hopefully the weather will (finally) be nice for a lot of outside fun as well!

Here’s a few ideas of things to do in Boston and Beyond during April Vacation Week if you or your kids have the week off:

*Please note that some of the links are affiliate links and I receive a small thank you if you make a purchase through them*

Don’t forget to check out Goldstar Boston for discount tickets and inexpensive events in the Boston area!

Let me know if I missed at fun or free events next week during April Vacation week!

Entertainment Books for $10.40 + Free Shipping For A Limited Time!


Entertainment.com

If you love coupons and/or savings at local restaurants, attractions, retailers, and more you’ll love The Entertainment Book!

The Greater Boston Entertainment  Book is on sale for $10.40 with free shipping and includes hundreds of coupons from local and national companies!

The ICA, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Odyssey Cruises, Old South Meeting House, Edaville Railroad, and more are just a few local attractions included in the book!

The book usually pays for itself with just one or two coupons. For example, the coupon for the Isabella Stewart Museum is Buy 1, Get 1 and admission is $15, so the book would pay for itself with just one use!

There are also a lot of coupons for large national retailers as well so it’s a helpful book to throw in your bag or car and look at before making a purchase.

All Entertainment Books are $10.40 + Free Shipping and the price is valid through 4/18/18 at 9AM, EST.

The majority of coupons in the book expire December 30, 2018, so the price of the book may drop $1-2 in the future but you will have less time to take advantage of the deals.

For more information or to purchase a 2018 Entertainment Book, please head here.

Don’t forget to check out the Boston Discount Attraction page as I list a break down a few coupons for local Boston museums and attractions!

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for April 14-16, 2018!

Free Things to Do this Weekend in Boston

Happy Marathon Weekend in Boston!

Here are some fun and cheap things to do in Boston this weekend:

Celebrate Patriots’ Day with the Boston Marathon: Monday, April 16, 2018 from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston. Cheer on the runners of the Boston Marathon! Free.

Patriots’ Day Celebrations in Lexington & Concord: April 14-16, 2018 in Lexington & Concord. Head to Lexington & Concord to commemorate the opening battle of the American Revolution with reenactments, parades, ceremonies, and more.

John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo: April 13-15, 2018 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Check out one of the best runner’s expo in the country this weekend in Boston!

Faneuil Spring Fling: Saturday, April 14, 2018. Celebrate spring with street performers, mobile barbershop, outdoor concert, and more at Faneuil Hall from 12-9:30PM.

Swan Boats Opening Day: Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Public Garden. The Swan Boats are back for the season in the Public Garden. Rides are $4.00 for adults and $2.50 for ages 2-15.

Cambridge Science Festival: April 13-22, 2018. Enjoy this 10-day, 200+ event festival celebrating and showcasing STEAM. Many events are free.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Edaville Railroad Discount Tickets and Ways to Save

Discounts Tickets and Promo Codes for Edaville RailroadEdaville will be opening on Saturday, April 14, 2018 for the 2018 season!

Edaville Family Theme Park is located on the South Shore in Carver, Massachusetts and is a great place to take little ones for a day trip!

Regular price tickets are $37 for ages 4-59 and tickets are $32 for ages 2-3 and seniors 60+. Children under 2 are free and parking is free.

Here are some Edaville Railroad discounts and coupons available for the 2018 season to help save some money:

Also, make sure to check out the Edaville promotional calendar. There were too many special offers to name so make sure to peek at the calendar to see if any promotions align with your schedule! There’s a lot of chances to save as they have some great promotions, especially during the weekdays!

Edaville is such a fun place for children. We went for the Festival of Lights two Decembers ago when my son was under 2. He loved riding the train and loved Thomas Land even though he couldn’t ride everything quite yet.

I can’t wait to go back in the summer now that he’s a little older and loves trains even more! I’m also excited to check out Dino Land this year since it was closed last time I was there!

Have you been to Edaville Family Theme Parke before? Do you have any tips for saving money on tickets or in the park?

For more information about Edaville Railroad or to purchase tickets, please head here.

Don’t forget to check out the Boston Discount Attraction page for even more discounts and deals on local attractions and museums in the Greater Boston area!

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7 Free Tours in Boston

Free Boston Tours

There are so many great tours in the Boston area and even better, there are a few tours of Boston that are FREE! Free tours of Boston is a great way to explore more of the city without spending too much money!

Here are some Free Boston Tours to check out whether your local or on vacation:

Self-Guided Freedom Trail Tour

Seeing the historic sites on the Freedom Trail is typically one of the top things to see in Boston while on Vacation. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile, red-line route that leads to 16 historically significant sites.

Some historic sites do charge an admission fee but many others are free or free by suggested donation.

Here are the historic sites along the Freedom Trail that are free or by suggested donation:

It is also free to walk along the Freedom Trail, and you don’t have to check out every attraction along the way. Pick up the red-painted trail anywhere in the city and print out a map of the Freedom Trail, and give yourself a free self-guided tour anytime.

Free Boston Public Library Tours:

The Boston Public Library Central Branch location in Copley Square offers free architecture tours of the building.

Free tours are offered daily by trained volunteer guides and last approximately one hour for parties smaller than 8 people. Tours begin from the McKim Building vestibule, through the library’s Dartmouth Street entrance.

Below is the schedule for free architecture tours of the BPL:

  • Mondays at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

For parties of 8 or more people, please refer to information on private tours.

For more information about BPL’s Free Architecture tours of the central branch, please head here.

Free Tours of Massachusetts State House

Enjoy a free tour of the Massachusetts State House! Free tours of the State House are Mondays-Fridays from 10-3PM, with no tours on holidays. Advance reservations are requested for conducted tours and you can call 617-727-3676 to arrange for a tour for groups from one to fifty people.

For more information about free tours of the Massachusetts State House, please head here.

Fort Point Channel & Boston Harborwalk Free Audio Tour

Explore the Fort Point Channel and Boston Harborwalk with a free audio tour right on your iPod or media player. Walking time is roughly an hour and daylight self guided tours are recommended.

These free walking tours are set to an original soundtrack of aquatic beats and rhythms and a great way to explore the water at your own pace.

For more information and to download the Fort Channel audio tour, head here and head here for the Boston Harborwalk Audio Tour.

Free Guided Tours from the National Park Service

The National Park Service offers free guided tours seasonally of some historic sites in Boston. Free tours are offered during the warmer months and usually require a free ticket reserved in advance.

There are also free talks available year round and are available to any size group.

Groups of 10 or more need to head to the reservation page before joining a tour or program.

For more information or to view the complete schedule of free guided tours from the National Park Service, please head here. *Please note that this information hasn’t been updated for 2018 yet*

Free Tours of Boston Public Market

Take a free one-hour guided tour of the Boston Public Market to learn about their unique story, explore the space, and meet the makers of the Boston Public Market.

To reserve a free tour, please e-mail Malia Maier, Marketing Coordinator at mmaier@bostonpublicmarket.org to schedule your Boston Public Market tour.

For more information about free tours of the Boston Public Market, please head here.

Free Samuel Adams Brewery Tours

Enjoy free tours (with suggested donation of $2) of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain and learn how Samuel Adams is made and receive free beer samples too! Free tours are Mondays-Saturdays from 10-3PM with Fridays tour ending at 5:30PM.

Guests must be 21+ with ID (bring passport if outside US & Canada) to have samples on tour. Free tours depart every 40 minutes with no reservations available but arrive early in the day to avoid a long wait.

For more information about free tours at the Sam Adams Brewery, please head here.

Also, Don’t forget to check out the Boston Discount Attraction page for even more discounts and savings on tours in Boston and Ways to Save on Boston Duck Boat Tickets for discounts on one of the most popular tours in the city!

There are so many free tours in the City of Boston. Did I miss any? What is your favorite free tour in Boston?

 

Deals and Discount Tickets for The Boston Duck Tours

Discount Boston Duck Boat Tickets

This post was originally published on April 10, 2017 but updated on April 8, 2018 to reflect new ticket prices for the 2018 season as well as updated offers.

The Boston Duck Tours can be fun experience for kids, Boston tourists, and more!

The Duck Boat tour is 80-minutes in length and depart from the Prudential Center, The New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science. However, sometimes you can get better deals if you leave from one location over another. (There’s usually less deals and specials from the New England Aquarium location, for example).

Tickets for the Boston Duck Tours are $41.99 for adults, $33.99 for adults 62+ and military members, $27.99 for children ages 3-11, and $10.50 for children under 3, including newborns.

Ticket prices do no include the 5% Convention Center Fee and online orders are subject to a $2 per ticket fee and phone orders are subject to a $3.50 per person ticket fee.

Luckily, there are a few different ways to save on Duck Tour Tickets in Boston:

*Some links may be affiliate links and I receive a small thank you for purchasing through my link, so thank you!

LivingSocial and Groupon previously had daily deals for Boston Duck Tour tickets with LivingSocial being the likely bet, but I haven’t seen any offers in over a year or more, and have seen more promotions for locals than I have in the past, so they may stopped promoting through the sites altogether. However, it’s worth keeping an eye on the daily deal sites, just in case.

Let me know if I missed any great deals or discounts for the Boston Duck Tours in the comments below!

Have you taken a Boston Duck Tour before? Will you be going on a duck boat soon?