Spring Break on a Budget: 7 Reasons to Visit Boston

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Boston beckons us this spring with a slew of cultural, historical, and outdoor activities that won’t break the bank. From free beer to cheap bike rentals and sports-themed hotel packages, here are seven reasons to book a spring break in Boston.

1. Boston By Bike: Voted one of the most bike-friendly cities by Bicycling magazine, Boston takes full advantage of its interconnected streetways and bike-happy residents to maintain safe paths for cyclists and encourage more city-wide events. The Bluebikes system is a great affordable option for exploring the town on a weekend getaway. ($6/casual 24-hour period.).

2. Sports and Hotel Packages: Known as much for its history as for its dedicated sports enthusiasts, Boston’s Inn At Longwood (342 Longwood Ave.) offers hotel and sports packages for fans looking to catch a few games in the city. From April through the Fall, guests can pick up Bruins, Red Sox, or Celtics tickets with a one night stay at The Inn (starting at $220) with deluxe accommodations available. Be sure to check the website for booking information and eligible games. Museum of Fine Art packages are also available for Yankee fans.

3. Historical Tours: Get in some exercise and explore the lesser known historic enclaves in one of the oldest cities in America through a guided tour. The Freedom Trail Tour ranges from $6.50-12, and The Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon St.) on Beacon Hill, The Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St.), and The Old North Church (193-5 Salem St.) offer free guided tours. Many of the locations on The Freedom Trail Tour are also available at no cost, so visitors are encouraged to inquire about the stops.

4. Boston Brew Tours: Lager lovers can hit the Samuel Adams Brewery (30 Germania St.), which offers daily tours and tastings which range between $10-$60. Or visit the Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave.) on weekdays for a complimentary tasting of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers, and a learning session on the company’s history and its brewing process. (A weekend visit to Harpoon will run you $5).

5. Stroll Along The Boston Harbor: Stretching 40 miles from South Boston to Charlestown, The Boston Harborwalk lines the city’s newly minted waterfront and features an MP3 audio tour available for free download on the Harborwalk’s website. The tour shares the city’s history while showcasing the neighborhood’s art galleries, cafes, and recreational facilities.

6. Stargazing At Coit Observatory: The Coit Observatory at Boston University (725 Commonwealth Ave.) opens its doors to the public for free stargazing every Wednesday at 8:30pm in the spring and summer months, weather permitting. Public Open Nights give spectators the chance to view the night sky through binoculars and telescopes while learning about their origins.

7. Sea-ing Boston at Sunset: Departing from Long Wharf, the Boston Harbor Cruise offers a lot of bang (literally, you can watch the USS Constitution fire a cannon at sunset) for a little buck. Seafarer’s can enjoy a 90-minute narrated sightseeing tour and a twilight-lit skyline for just $34.95.

How to get there: Consult oM’s public transit guide to Boston.

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