From Swan Boat rides to bike rides to kayaking on the Charles, Boston is filled with fun (and cheap) things to do in the spring. Check out 25 of our season picks — all under $25.
1. Take a bike ride
Spend a sunny day exploring the city on two wheels.
Need a bike? Rent one from Urban Adventours. For $25, you’ll receive a two-hour rental, which includes a bike, map, lock, and a bike map.
2. Stop by Faneuil Hall
A visit to the historic Faneuil Hall allows you to get out and enjoy some of the key aspects of Boston all at once: mild weather, history, shopping, street performers, and (of course) food.
3. Walk the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
Explore the mile-long Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a series of four parks connecting the North End, the Wharf District, Dewey Square, and Chinatown.
To walk the entire path without retracing your footsteps, start at either Chinatown or the North End.
4. Ride a swan boat
Since 1877, the Paget family’s iconic swan boats have taken passengers on picturesque voyages through the Public Garden’s peaceful lagoon. You can check out the historic Swan Boats of Boston this spring starting on April 19, with services running through the end of the season on Sept. 21.
Tickets cost $3 for adults and $1.50 for children between the ages of 2 and 15.
5. Unclutter your life and earn some extra cash
Do some spring cleaning.
Go through your closet, basement, attic, and junk drawer and have a yard sale of your not-so-prized possessions.
Don’t have a yard? Try selling on eBay.
6. Explore Boston’s historic trails
Get a glimpse at the past as you take a nice walk through Boston on one of the city’s many heritage trails.
The city also has a Women’s Hertiage Trail that celebrates the important roles women have played in Boston’s history.
Pictured: A guide takes a group of sightseers on a tour of the Freedom Trail.
7. Watch a Red Sox game
If there’s one feeling synonymous with spring, it’s the excitement surrounding another season of baseball at Fenway. While it may be a little tough scoring a game ticket for under $25 (though upper bleacher seats run $12, they’re scarce), it won’t cost much to congregate with other die-hard fans. You’d be hard pressed to find a bar like the Cask N’ Flagon (pictured) or Game On! not simulcasting the game.
8. Trivia night
You don’t have to be “Jeopardy!’’ champion Ken Jennings to have fun at your local pub’s trivia night.
Try testing your knowledge at PJ Ryan’s in Somerville (pictured), which has a pretty tough pub quiz every Tuesday night at 10 p.m.
9. Head to the circus
Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!
Check out the 36th season of the Big Apple Circus at City Hall Plaza on March 28 to May 11. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.
10. Have a game night
Board games aren’t just for kids.
Grab a group of friends and spend a rainy spring day with a classic like Monopoly or Scrabble.
11. Get sultry at the Havana Club
Feel hot, hot, hot.
Dance away the winter blues and welcome warmer weather with salsa lessons at the Havana Club in Central Square. For $12, you get an hour long lesson followed by four hours of dancing. Lessons start at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, no partner required.
12. Kayak on the Charles
As the rivers around Boston warm up this season, grab your paddle and take to the waterways.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers adult, single kayak rentals starting at $15.
13. Go read a book
Sit by a window and watch the rain fall on the city inside the cozy confines of the Boston Public Library.
While reading books can always be done free of charge, the BPL offers a variety of programs and author talks.
For a detailed list, visit www.bpl.org/news/upcomingevents.
14. Watch the flowers bloom
There are dozens of public gardens across metro Boston where you can see nature work its magic.
15. Relax at Jamaica Pond
Jamaica Pond, sandwiched between Jamaica Plain and Brookline, is ideal for simply relaxing. Bound by a 1.5-mile-long walking path, this idyllic pond may be small, but still features boating and even fishing. Rowboats are available for rent at $10 per hour and sailboats are $15 per hour.
16. Join a kickball league
Looking for a fun alternative to baseball as the temperatures rise this season? Join one of Massachusetts’ several kickball divisions spread across Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston and get some exercise. Registration is open now and games get under way on diamonds across metro Boston starting in April.
17. Go to a museum
Boston has a myriad of museums just waiting for you to explore this spring.
Head to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to check out some of the world’s forgotten, ancient creatures. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-18.
18. Do some market shopping
The SoWa Open Market kicks off its 10th year on Sunday, May 4, featuring a huge selection of indie designers and artists, food trucks, specialty food vendors, and more. The market will be open every Sunday from May to October, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
19. Dine al fresco
Warmer weather means the return of outdoor dining.
20. Hit the lanes
Channel your inner Jeff Lebowski this spring and hit the lanes over at Kings in Back Bay.
Tuesday through Thursday, bowling costs just $5.50 per person per game before 6 p.m.
21. View an exhibit at the MFA
March 21 through July 6, the Museum of Fine Arts will be featuring “Dragon and Clouds’’ a collection by Japanese artist Soga Shōhaku, as well as several other exhibitions. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for students, and free for youths aged 7-17 weekends and weekedays after 3pm. Children 6 and under enter for free.
22. Fly a kite
After all the blizzards Boston’s been hit with this past winter, you’re probably sick of sitting inside.
Break out of the confines of your couch this spring and try flying a kite at one of the city’s scenic parks.
23. Attend a midnight movie
In need of some late-night fun? Go see a midnight movie at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Some upcoming showings include “The Room’’ Joss Whedon’s “Serenity’’ and more classic hits.
24. See the stars at the Coit Observatory
Looking to spend a balmy spring night outside and learn something in the process?
Climb to the top of Boston University’s Coit Observatory and look to the sky in search of stars. The observatory hosts a free open night every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
25. Check out EarthFest
Head to the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell this spring if you want to rock your socks off at Radio 92.9’s 21st annunal EarthFest, one of the country’s largest, free radio station concerts.