Free Fitness Classes & Events in Boston for Summer 2014

Free Fitness Boston 2014

There are so many free fitness classes and events in and around Boston available this summer. No excuses now, right? Let me know in the comments below which free fitness activity is your favorite!

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Free bootcamp, yoga, zumba, salsa dancing and much more at local Boston parks in June, July, and August starting June 2, 2014. For the full schedule, please head here.

Norman B. Leventhal Park: Free Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp, and Zumba classes offered almost every weekday at Post Office Square in June, July, and August starting on Monday, June 2, 2014. For the full schedule, please click here.

Summer Yoga at Frog Pond: Starting on Thursday, June 6th, free yoga classes will occur on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel at 6:00pm every Thursday night this summer. Please bring your own mat and blocks if you can.

Bootcamp on the Greenway: Get fit with free Bootcamp from 6-7pm at the North End Greenway on Wednesday, June 4 & June 18th.

MSL Cardio Pilates Summer Bootcamp at Rose Kennedy Greenway: Free MSL Cardio Pilates Summer Bootcamp twice a month on Monday nights from 6:30pm-7:15pm on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway from June to September.

Free Salsa in the Park: Starting at 6pm on Monday, June 9, 2014 enjoy free salsa dancing this summer at the Blackstone Community Center park in the South End.

Yoga on the Green: Free Yoga on Sundays from 10am to 11am @ The Street in Chestnut Hill this summer.

Island Yoga at Spectacle Island: Enjoy a gentle yoga class on Saturdays starting on June 21, 2014 through August 30, 2013 from 10am to 11:30am. Classes are free (just bring a mat or towel) but you do need to pay for ferry fares to get to Spectacle Island.

Free Fitness at Fort Point: Various free fitness programs will be offered around the Fort Point Channel starting on June 23rd, 2013 at 5:30pm. Classes and dates vary throughout the summer.

Free ReWire Tuesdays: Free fitness classes in the North End every Tuesday night in July from 6:30-7:45pm.

Healthy Fit and Fun from the Esplanade Association: The Esplanade Association partners with organizations across the city to bring fitness and fun from July 7, 2014 to September 12, 2014. Here’s the schedule:

  • Community Walks: Mondays at 12pm
  • Free Zumba: Tuesdays at 6pm at the Hatch Shell. Sponsored by Healthworks
  • Sunset Yoga: Wednesdays at 6pm at the Fielder Field. Sponsored by Athleta
  • Run Club: Wednesdays at 6:30pm at Marathon Sports: 671 Boylston Street. Sponsored by Marathon Sports Boston
  • Tai Chi: Thursdays at 9:30am at Fielder Field. Sponsored by The Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute.
  • CrossFit: Thursdays at 6pm at Fielder Field. Sponsored by The Reebok Foundation
  • Dancing in the Park: Thursdays at 6pm at the Hatch Shell. Sponsored by Arthur Murray Dancer Center.

Donation Yoga: Branching Out Yoga offers donation yoga the first and third Sunday of the month at Arnold Arboretum (near Dawson Pond) from 9-10am.

Hatha Yoga at Intercontinental Hotel: Free one hour yoga class on Saturdays at 9:30am at Intercontinental Hotel’s waterfront lawn.

Nike Boston Run Club: Free Run Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 9am.

Porter Square Run Club: City Sports sponsors a run club for 3 and 5 mile loops every Saturday at 10am, which meets at Porter Square.

Back Bay Run Club: City Sports sponsors a run club every Tuesday at 6pm, which meets at City Sports Back Bay.

Wednesday Run Group: Marathon Sports sponsors a run group every Wednesday night at 6:30pm which meets at their Boston, Brookline, and Wellesley store locations.

lululemon athletica Run Club: Every Monday run 3-8 miles along the Charles River. Meet at the lululemon store at the Prudential Center at 6pm then after the run reward yourself at the Back Bay Social Club for free apps, drinks, and good company.

November Project: Work out with a positive support group every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for free workouts through the November Project.

If you are looking for even more fitness this summer in organized calendar form, check out Little Miss Runshine’s Free Fitness Calendar or the Boston Moves Community Calendar.

Also, as mentioned before on the blog, fitness is not my specialty. Please make sure you do your due-diligence and research these free programs before you head out. Some events are rain or shine, but some free classes are weather permitting and may be cancelled at the last minute.

If I missed any free fitness classes, run clubs, or other free fitness programs or made any errors on the list above, please let me know in the comments below. Thank you!

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Summertime at The Street with Free Yoga, Free Music & More!

Summertime at the Street

If you live near Chestnut Hill, you may be interested in the Summertime @ The Street which kicks off Sunday, June 1, 2014.

On Tuesday evenings, The Street will be hosting kid-friendly fun with changing activities from 3-5pm. On Thursday evenings from 6-8pm, The Street will be hosting Acoustic evenings with various performers. On Sundays, there will be free yoga from 10am-111am and a free music series from 12-2pm.

For more information about Summertime @ The Street, please head here.

Free Boston Event Tickets from the Comp Train!

Goldstar Comp Train Tickets

Update Friday 5/30: More Comp Tickets have been added!

Goldstar Boston’s Comp Train is back with free tickets to awesome events and attractions in Boston and beyond!

Complimentary tickets tend to go fast- so make sure you book soon if there’s an offer you are interested in! I know last time the Free Blue Man Tickets were gone before noon, so keep that in mind!

To check out all the free tickets and more on the comp train, please head here. Good luck!

Tip: You can also see all free tickets quickly right on Boston on Budget Half Price Tickets tab, and it is automatically sorted by cheapest tickets first!

*I am an affiliate partner of Goldstar Boston, please see my disclosure policy here.

 

Free Fun Fridays with Free Attractions Every Friday!

Free Fun Fridays

In less than a month, Free Fun Fridays will be back in full swing with 66 museums and cultural venues free every Friday this summer thanks to the Highland Street Foundation! Below is the schedule below or you can also find a free printable schedule for 2014:

July 25, 2014: The Freedom Trail Foundation, Battleship Cove, Children’s Museum in Easton, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Danforth Art

August 1, 2014: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, American Textile History Museum, The Discovery Museums, Hancock Shaker Village, Concord Museum, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

August 8, 2014: Boston Harbor Islands National Park, The Greenway Carousel, Clark Art Institute, Wenham Museum, USS Constitution, Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Volleyball Hall of Fame, Fuller Craft Museum

August 15, 2014: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Plimoth Plantation, Garden in the Woods, Museum of Russian Icons, Fitchburg Art Museum, Historic Deerfield, Reagle Music Theatre

August 22, 2014: Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of African American History, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Old Manse, Berkshire Museum, Emily Dickinson Museum

August 29, 2014: Buttonwood Park Zoo, Ecotarium, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Museum, Griffin Photography Museum

This is a great way to check out local Massachusetts attractions for free! You do not need to be a Massachusetts resident or print a coupon to join in!

Are you looking forward to Free Fun Fridays? What is your favorite free attraction this year?

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long!

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Kids can bowl free this summer at many bowling alleys across Massachusetts and the U.S.!

Registered children can bowl two free games each day for a value of $500 over the summer period. This program does not include the cost of shoe rentals.

There are also some program terms, but you can read them and find more info here. Over 20 bowling alleys in Massachusetts are participating too!

Sounds like a perfect activity for a rainy summer day!

Feature Friday: Blue Hills Reservation

Blue Hills Hike SM

Every Friday, I feature a fun and budget-friendly option in the Greater Boston area. The “Feature Friday” is typically mentioned on the Cheap Eats list, Free Things to Do in Boston, or Discount Attractions. However, there’s so much budget-friendly ideas on my pages, I thought it would be fun to feature something budget-friendly and different each week. Also, each Feature Friday is something I have personal experience with or took advantage of recently! Enjoy!

Blue Hills Reservation is a state park South of Boston which stretches across six towns! Blue Hills is a great spot for hiking and outdoor activities outside the city, but still close enough to catch great skyline views:

Boston Skyline from BH small

Typically when I’ve been to Blue Hills in the past, I usually head to the Blue Hill Observatory or closeby; However, I had never been near the entrance right off Exit 6 (South Shore Plaza Exit) on 93, and I wanted to check the Quincy end of Blue Hills out.

We ended up parking near a trail and hiked up with my dog and shot a few skyline pics along the way. We ended up on a few different trails and it was fun to see another side of the mountain I hadn’t been on.

Blue Hills is a great way to spend a few hours in a peaceful setting still very close to the city. (We didn’t come across many people during our late-morning Sunday hike.)

I would say the best and easiest way to get to Blue Hills is by car. However, you can take the MBTA bus or commuter rail (depending on schedules) if you do not have a car. If you need directions to get to the mountain, please head here(Entering Blue Hills from Quincy was really easy, but we did take a scenic drive through Blue Hills before we decided to park.)

For more information about Blue Hills, please head here or here.

Have you been to Blue Hills before? Do you have any tips to share?

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Cheap(er) Boston Hotels and Summer Travel: Hotels.com Promo Code!


Book your summer trip today and save $50 on a $300+ hotel booking with code MOREMONEY! Book by 6/1/14, Travel by 11/19/14

If you are looking to book a hotel room this summer, you may want to check out Hotels.com. They are one of the first sites I typically check when I’m dreaming of a future weekend getaway.

If you decide to spend $300 or more on a hotel booking, you can use promo code MOREMONEY (valid until 6/1/14) to save $50 on your next booking. You do need to travel before November 19th, 2014 to receive the $50 savings but works perfect for spring, summer and even some fall plans!

Keep in mind the $300 amount is for the entire hotel stay, so if you are staying for the weekend and find a rate for $159, you would be able to apply the discount. ($159 x 2 nights = over $300!)

I was a little curious to see what was available for the upcoming memorial day weekend, and I noticed a lot of the (Boston) listings showed the promo code underneath the hotel. This was a nice feature because I had an idea what hotels would accept the promo code and ones that probably wouldn’t (a lot of the Boston ones did in my quick search).

For more information or to book a hotel for a future getaway, please head here.

P.S. JetBlue currently has a summer sale for flights starting at $55 out of Boston. 🙂

Note: I am an affiliate partner of Hotels.com so I get a small thank you if you book through my affiliate link above. Please see my disclosure policy here

 

 

Boston Harbor Dinner Cruises: Discounts and Deals

Boston Harbor Dinner Cruises

If you want to dine on Boston Harbor, you may want to take a Boston Harbor cruise. The two biggest options are Odyssey Boston and Spirit of Boston.

I will say I haven’t been on a Boston Harbor cruise (not counting ferries) since college, where I did work aboard one of the ship’s for one summer in college. I also rode the boat as a guest (senior week, employee perks, etc.) but I never rode the other cruise ship for whatever reason.

I won’t go into the specifics of what cruise ship may or may not be better, since I have only been on one boat, and my opinion may differ as a former summer employee. (Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve actually rode the ship.)

I will say as someone who is frequently motion sick (roller coasters, airplanes, and anything really), I never got seasick aboard a dinner cruise, and I’ve been on quite a few.

I did want to share a few discounts if you do decide to go on a Boston Harbor Cruise. A cruise alongside the harbor can be something unique and fun, but can be expensive, especially on beautiful summer nights.


Restaurant.com: Both Odyssey and Spirit Cruises have vouchers available on Restaurant.com for $25, with a minimum spend of $37.50. $25 vouchers go for $10 at regular price, but promo codes are often available to lower costs. (Tip: Click the banner above and if there is a current promo code, you will see it right below the search box).

Goldstar Boston: Goldstar Boston has discount tickets for both the Spirit of Boston and The Odyssey starting at $53, depending on cruise dates and more.

Odyssey Cruise Groupon: Groupon has a daily deal for a three-hour dinner cruise aboard The Odyssey for select cruises starting at $68. Make sure to read the terms and conditions first to make sure it’s a good fit.

Entertainment Book: Discounts for both the Spirit of Boston and Odyssey are in the 2014 Greater Boston Entertainment Book. (When I get my 2014 book in a few days, I will let you know the exact terms.)

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great deals or discounts for any Boston cruises. Have you been on a Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise before?

This post does contain a few affiliate links from third-party sites; please see my disclosure policy here.