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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and is one of the oldest cities in the US, founded in 1630 by puritan settlers from England.  It has a rich history, many colleges and universities and is of course famous for its top baseball team. 

We has compiled a list of awesome things you can do here and the best thing about them - yes they're free of course!

1. Climb up the Bunker Hill Monument 

Climbing the 294 steps that lead to the top of this monument might seem like a daunting prospect (as there is no lift) but the amazing views at the end of it are worth it. The monument is the site of the first huge battle in the American Revolution - it's an historical landmark and stands at 221 ft tall. Admission is of course free and it is open from 9am to 5pm all year round.


2. Take the Freedom Trail

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This 2.5 mile (4 km) red brick pathway is one of Boston's most popular tourist attractions and takes you on a tour of Boston's history. Starting at Boston Common it goes to Charlestown and the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, with 16 historical sites to stop at in total. There are some notable sites along the way including churches, museums and meeting houses.


3. Go to the park

There are lots of lovely parks to explore in this city, they are known as 'Boston's Emerald Necklace' and make up an incredible 1,100-acre route of nine linked parks. Once the weather heats up you can enjoy miles of free walks (or jogs) through the pretty tree lined pathways and gardens, including America's oldest park, Boston Common. This is also the start of the Freedom Trail.



4. Tour the Samuel Adams brewery

If you love drinking beer then what better way to mark your stay in Boston than by taking a tour of the Samuel Adams brewery? There is a free 45 minute tour which allows you to check out the entire brewing journey from start to finish as well as a chance to taste the many beers on offer. 




5. Check out Massachusetts State House

The grand Massachusetts State House in Beacon Hill houses the Massachusetts General Court as well as the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts. Built in 1798, the State House boasts impressively furnished rooms and chambers steeped in history. Take a free tour here, it only takes about 45 minutes and offers you insight into the building's history and heritage. It is open from 10am until 4pm on weekdays (closed on weekends and public holidays).




6. Lose yourself in a book at Boston Public Library

The well loved institution, founded in 1848, has one of the largest and most important collections of books in the US. Some of the collections include a rare baseball photos archive and many unique scrap books including one about Harry Houdini. The library also has a fine arts section and interactive multimedia exhibits on offer.


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