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Fun (Cheap) Things to Do Around Boston!


Have you ever been hanging out at Simmons and you feel like you've seen and done everything in Boston? Are the places around Simmons College too expensive for you that every time you want to do something fun, you have to rethink your activities?

There are actually many great, cheap, and fun places all around Simmons that can be enjoyable for everyone. One great option right in the heart of Boston is canoeing on the Charles River. Whether you want to explore a quieter Charles upstream, or see the city from a different perspective downstream, canoeing in the Charles River is a great experience to share with family and friends. A plus of this activity is that you don't need any previous experience, you just need clothes that you don't mind getting wet, $17/hour for a canoe or $19/hour for a kayak (both can fit 2 people, so $8.50-$9.50/person is a steal!), and a great attitude.

Another great activity in Boston is to go to the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Symphony stop on the Green Line. This is an orchestra performance of classical music. I know what you're thinking, "Classical music? Aren't those tickets hundreds of dollars??" However, there is a cheaper alternative; Tuesday and Thursday concerts have rush tickets (last-minute availability, no seat choice) which are sold starting at 5 PM on the day of the concert for $9.

Another adventurous (free) activity to do in Boston is to go to Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum. This is located at the Forest Hills stop on the Orange Line and offers world-renowned beautiful plants and trees. You can just go there to walk around, or you can bring a picnic basket and enjoy nature at its best! For more information, you can go to their website.

The last exciting (free) activity that is very close to Simmons College is Public Open Night at the Observatory at Boston University. How many of us wanted to become astronauts when we were younger? This night gives people a chance to learn about astronomy and observe the night sky through telescopes. These Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting, at Coit Observatory at 725 Commonwealth Ave. For more information, you can go to their website.

Sometimes doing the same things in Boston can get boring, but if you look around, you can make your own fun with the simplest of activities. So stop being bored in one of the most exciting cities in America, and start exploring!

By Neha Shah on April 30, 2012 10:00 AM
Category: Exploring Boston