1. Visit the city’s best museums
Yes, you can gaze upon world class art collections for free. Every Wednesday from 3-4pm, the venerated Museum of Fine Arts allows guests to enter for a voluntary contribution ($5 minimum). On Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm, admission at the Institute of Contemporary Art is also free. And don’t forget: everyone gets a free pass into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on their birthday, and anyone with the name Isabella gets in for free, now and forever.