Cheap Date Ideas

Looking for some cheap date ideas in Boston and beyond? Below are a few ideas that I’ve come up with, and don’t forget to leave your date ideas in the comments below!

Cheap Date Ideas in Boston

  • Take advantage of Free Museum Days
  • Visit the Museum of Science or New England Aquarium for free with your BPL card
  • Take a walk through Boston Common & Boston Public Garden
  • Walk/Run/Bike along the Esplanade
  • Check out a local comedy show
  • Enjoy Improv Aslyum Nightcap on Friday and Saturdays (free show at 11:30pm)
  • Enjoy live music and half-price appetizers at local dining spots
  • Hike Blue Hills
  • Play Tourist and Hit up the Freedom Trail
  • People watch at Faneuil Hall & Watch Street Performers
  • Airplane watch from Castle Island
  • Enjoy $1 Tacos, $2 burgers, and more happy hour specials
  • Visit a local brewery for cheap or free beer
  • Go on a $1 beer crawl (and see who spends less)
  • Check out vintage or local markets (like SoWa or Davis Flea)
  • Stargaze at Coit Observatory
  • Enjoy a free class, tour or event at BPL
  • Spend the (warm) day at Boston Harbor Islands
  • Enjoy free concerts at the Hatch Shell in the summer

General Cheap Date Ideas (From Anywhere)

  • Rent a movie from Redbox (and look for promo codes for a free movie!)
  • Cook dinner together
  • Take a hike!
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Make Ice Cream Sundaes
  • Take a free cooking class from Williams Sonoma
  • Attend a free Home Depot Workshop together
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Fly a kite
  • Have a picnic for lunch or dinner
  • Take a drive and explore back roads
  • Volunteer together
  • Explore Farmers Markets
  • Go to free wine or beer tastings
  • Workout together
  • Go to a matinee or cheap movie theatre
  • Karaoke or Open Mic Night (or people watch)
  • Play board games at home or a bar with board games
  • Double date for Trivia night (and hopefully win something!)
  • Sightsee and visit landmarks in your own city
  • Split Dessert
  • Ice Skate
  • Hang out at a local bookstore
  • Go to a local festival or free event
  • Attend free lectures
  • Take a dancing class at a local community center (or look for daily deals)
  • Take a scenic road trip
  • Visit movie locations and watch the movie (again)
  • Spa night at home
  • Start a TV series together (and have a marathon)

Also, if you do want to check out a nice restaurant, consider getting a (affiliate) voucher to get a certain dollar amount off when you spend a certain number. Through Tuesday, February 11, 2014, use promo code DEAL to get $25 vouchers for $4 (and more!) at

Okay, what is your favorite cheap date in Boston and beyond?