5. Brewery tours and tastings
Sam Adams Brewery offers tours of the Jamaica Plain facility with discussion of how founder Jim Koch brews the beer. Tours and tastings occur on Monday-Thursday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., starting every half hour. Similarly, Harpoon Brewery hosts tastings every weekday at 4p.m., with additional tastings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2p.m.
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25 free things to do around Boston
1. Soak up the energy of Harvard Square <br> Harvard Square is not only home to the esteemed Harvard University, but also to more than 300 registered street performers.
5. Brewery tours and tastings <br> Sam Adams Brewery offers tours of the Jamaica Plain facility with discussion of how founder Jim Koch brews the beer. Tours and tastings occur on Monday-Thursday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., starting every half hour. Similarly, Harpoon Brewery hosts tastings every weekday at 4p.m., with additional tastings on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2p.m.<br> <br> Get more information about Sam Adams Brewery <br> Get more information about Harpoon Brewery
6. Fine Arts for free <br>As part of “Free Community Days,” the Museum of Fine Arts offers days of free admission. See the museum’s web site for a complete listing of which days are free. Meanwhile, girls named Isabella get in free at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The museum also offers free birthday admission.<br> <br> Get more detailed information about the MFA <br> Get more detailed information about the Gardner Museum
9. Tour the Massachusetts State House <br>Explore the Massachusetts State House, the oldest building on Beacon Hill, with a 45-minute tour. Tour season lures visitors from across the globe to the gilded dome of the State House. Officials say about 90,000 visitors tour the building’s interior each year.
10. Visit an art gallery on Newbury Street <br>Paintings by Rolling Stone guitarist and artist Ronnie Wood hang on the walls at Newbury Fine Arts on Newbury Street during an opening gallery reception. More than 15 art galleries line either side of Newbury Street.
11. Walk along the Freedom Trail <br>Get a real taste of history by taking a self-guided tour along all or part of the 2.5 mile trail. Just follow the red-brick or red-painted line from the Visitor Information Center on the Boston Common and enjoy the 16 historic stops along the way, including Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s house, and the Old North Church.
14. Tour the Boston Public Library <br>The library features rotating art exhibits, extraordinary architecture, lectures, movies, workshops and more. There is a free Art and Architecture Tour of the building Sundays at 2 p.m., Mondays at 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.
16. Walk through the North End <br>Explore the rich Italian culture that thrives in the North End. Don’t miss authentic Italian bakeries and restaurants, with foods like these assorted desserts from Mike’s Pastry.
18. Historic Beacon Hill <br>Take a walk and get lost down narrow cobble brick roads in the historical Beacon hill area.
20. DCR deals <br>All parks within Route 128 run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation are free* to enjoy. Looking to escape the city on the cheap? There is a way to gain free admission to all the parks in the state. Stop by your local library and pick up a day pass good for free parking at over 50 facilities in Massachusetts. Visit the DCR web site for a complete listing of parks and beaches. <br> <br>*Exceptions: Boston Harbor Islands, Nantasket Beach, Nahant Beach
21. Take a stroll along the harbor <br>Take in a stroll along the not-so dirty water of the Boston. The Boston Harborwalk is a broad public walkway that has been cleaned up and highlighted by cafes, artwork, and access to water taxis and ferries. You can take a self-guided tour of any part of the 40-mile path, which stretches from Charlestown to South Boston, by downloading an audio guide onto your iPod or other MP3 player.
22. Relax on the grounds of the Christian Science Center <br>A perfect place for reading and relaxing.
24. Visit the Mount Auburn Cemetery <br>Those looking for a historically rich and beautifully landscaped retreat should visit “America’s first garden cemetery,” Mount Auburn Cemetery. Located on the border of Cambridge and Watertown, the cemetery features classical monuments.
25. Visit the Old North Church <br>At the Old North Church you can view the steeple where the two lanterns were hung that signaled Paul Revere to take his famous ride, and sparked the Revolution.