By Danielle Hogan, Elizabeth Quincy and Casey DiBari – Arts Editor & 1851 Staff
When the weather warms up this spring and the flowers begin to bloom, students may be in search of new and exciting things to do in the city on a budget. If you’re eager to explore the city, five affordable places to visit in Boston are:
Old North Church
If you’re seeking a trip back through history, the Old North Church is just the place. It’s the birthplace of the expression, “One if by land, two if by sea,” where Paul Revere looked to find two lanterns lit in the Church as a signal of the British invasion by sea which was the beginning of the American Revolution. The church is still in operation and hosts educational tours to inform what life was like for the people of Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Near the church is a themed shop called Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, named for Captain Newark Jackson who operated the shop in the 1700’s. The employees dress in colonial outfits and give demonstrations on how the chocolate was made at the time, which makes for a really captivating, tangible journey into the past, as well as a delicious treat.
The Old North Church offers tours at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through May. Pricing for students is $5.
Tour of Boston
If you’re willing to splurge a little, something fun thing to do is the Old Time Trolley Tours of Boston. Old Time Trolley has an all day, hop-on, hop-off trolley that has twenty stops around the city. The pick up times start from 9:00 a.m., and continue to around 7:00 p.m. The trolley tour operates year round, aside from holidays. A ticket to the trolley comes with free access into the Old Statehouse Museum, as well as $10 off admission to the Boston Tea Party museum.
The Old Time Trolley also offers a harbor cruise, which is a ride around the Boston harbor admiring historic sights. Boats leave the harbor at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. most of the year, with a 5:00 p.m. slot in the summer.
The trolley is $39.95, the harbor cruise is $28.95, but with the package deal to buy both a ticket to the trolley and the cruise brings the price of the cruise to $18.95. However, this deal is for spring only!
Museum of Fine Arts
When the weather is too chilly to stay outside in the city, hanging out inside the Museum of Fine Arts is a good choice. The MFA is free for Lasell students, great for exploring on a budget. The MFA holds 450,000 pieces of art varying from ancient Egyptian to contemporary. They also feature exciting exhibits, as seen on http://www.mfa.org
The Boston Common is a park in downtown Boston. Taking the Green line from Riverside or Woodland stops to Park Street will drop you right at the edge of the Common. This spot is also good for exploring on a budget; in nice weather the park is a good spot to go for a picnic, walk around the Public Garden, or take fun photoshoots with friends. Occasionally the park hosts events such as concerts and cultural festivals.
Castle Island and Fort Independence
Castle Island is a small peninsula along the Boston Harbor. There’s walkways and paths that people walk or bike around. On the 22 acre island, Fort Independence is the oldest fort in British North America. Free tours run from sunrise to sunset on Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.