14 (Inexpensive) Things to Do This Summer


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Looking for something to do this summer?  We’ve compiled a number of (relatively) inexpensive options to get you started.  Enjoy the beautiful weather & all that Cambridge/Boston has to offer!

Catch a Red Sox Game—Spring time in Boston means one thing….the return of the Red Sox!  The Sox are off to a great start this season, so get cheap bleacher seats and cheer on the home team!  Check redsox.com or stubhub.com for tickets.  Don’t forget to grab a Fenway Franks & say hello to Wally the Green Monster!

Tour Fenway Park—If a game doesn’t fit into your schedule (or price range) it shouldn’t prevent you from seeing one of Boston’s most iconic landmarks!  Tours of Fenway  leave daily during the summer and are relatively inexpensive.  You’ll learn about the history of the park & one of MLB’s oldest franchises.

Catch a Show—There are TONS of music & performance venues in the Cambridge area.  Looking for an alternative (and inexpensive) music show—try Club Passim, The Middle East, or TT The Bear’s Place.  The Cantab Lounge in Central features Bluegrass Tuesdays!  Don’t forget to check out the summer schedule at the American Repertory Theater and the Cambridge Performing Arts Center.

Visit a Museum—There are so many wonderful museums to visit in the area, try to see them all (and look for great deals)!  The Boston Children’s Museum is just $1 on Friday nights.  You can also get discounted tickets for many area attractions through Harvard’s Innings & Outings!  Harvard is also home to a number of exquisite museums (many are free to students)—for information visit here.

Go on a Hike—Hiking is a great way to get some exercise, while getting a new perspective on New England summer!  We’re a short car ride away from amazing hiking in New Hampshire, Vermont, & Maine.  Don’t want to go that far?  The Fellsway in Malden is close option for a nature enthusiast.

Visit the Public Garden—Boston’s Public Garden, the first botanical garden in the United States, is a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon.  The Garden is famous for its beautiful flowers and trees, but also for the Swan Boats!  There are also a variety of events held in the Garden during the summer—visit here for the full schedule.

Hit the Beach—Take the Blue Line out to Revere and enjoy the beach!  It may not be as glamorous as Miami, but it’s still sand beneath your toes on a warm summer’s day!  Take a picnic lunch & a Frisbee–you’ll be set.  Also, the beaches of RI and the Cape are a quick car ride away!

Paddle on the Charles River—Get one of the BEST views of Harvard & Boston!  Charles River Canoe and Kayak rents out a variety of boats at very reasonable prices.  Great for all ages & skill levels.

Tour Boston/Cambridge on Foot—Brush up on your local history with one of the many walk tours in the Boston/Cambridge area.  Tours include the Freedom Trail, North End, Beacon Hill, and Harvard Square.  It’s a wonderful way for gaining a deeper appreciation of our city!

Go Candle Pin Bowling—You can go bowling anywhere, but candle pin bowling is a New England specialty!  Two quick T-stops to Davis Square and you can enjoy an evening of bowling & pizza at Sacco’s Bowl Haven.  It can get pretty busy, so call ahead if you’re looking to bowl!

Celebrate with the Pops—Every 4th of July the Boston Pops perform at the Hatch on the Esplanade, which draws enormous crowds!  Bring a picnic & a few friends to enjoy an evening of great music and fireworks.  Not into the HUGE crowds?  The Pops do a FULL dress rehearsal on the 3rd!

Boston Harbor Islands—Explore the beauty of the Boston Harbor Islands!  It’s just a quick ferry ride away, and you can spend the day exploring the trails or taking a light house tour.  Feeling adventurous?  You can even camp on the island!

Outdoor Movies—Watch newly released films at the Boston Hatch Shell for free!  The movie series begins in July & shows a variety of family-friendly films.  Visit here for more information and viewing schedule.

Visit a Farmers Market—Summer is the best time to visit a local farmers market!  Every Tuesday the Harvard Farmers Market sets up near the Science Center.  For information about other local markets, visit here.  The SOWA market is another wonderful place to check out—a weekly Sunday market with fresh produce & local arts.

What are your favorite summer activities? Let us know & we’ll add them to the list!