8 Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Boston

If you’re feeling the love but your budget isn’t, don’t be blue. We have eight fun and cheap date ideas to heat up your winter’s weekend. Each of these free events takes place in the greater Boston area. 

Do you know of other inexpensive Valentine’s weekend events? Spread the love in our comments below! 

Sunday, February 14, 9 a.m. to noon
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Every Sunday morning, the museum opens its doors to Massachusetts residents at no charge. The collections celebrate the natural world and the human place in it. Rare minerals and sparkling gemstones are on display with a historical exploration of the animal world.

Larz Anderson Park
Newton Street, Brookline

An afternoon on the snow-covered hills of this popular sledding destination brings out the kid in everyone. Pull on your winter boots and mittens, cozy up on your favorite toboggan, and get ready for a day of youthful laughter. 

Chinese New Year Parade and Cultural Village
Sunday, February 14, 12 to 3 p.m.
2 Boylston Street, Boston

Welcome to the Year of the Red Monkey! Enjoy a colorful celebration in the streets of Boston starting with the annual Lion Dance Parade. The procession includes costumes, dance and music. Take in the Cultural Village at the China Trade Building with its craft activities for all ages. 

Sunday, February 14, 12:05 p.m.
250 Jackson Street, Lowell

Every Sunday at 12:05, the theater presents a family-friendly movie. The Valentine’s Day feature will not be announced in advance, but organizers guarantee it will be rated G or PG. Families are invited to come and go as they please during the presentation.

Sunday, February 14, 1 p.m.
Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave., North Easton

Take in the fresh winter air together with an easy three mile walk led by a park ranger or Walking Club volunteer. Presented by the Massachusetts DCR, the program is designed for ages 16 and older. If you drive, there is a $5 per car parking fee.

Sunday, February 14, 2 p.m.
700 Boylston Street, Boston

If your true love is into literature, art or architecture, take a stroll through the famed halls of the Boston Public Library to learn more about this historic landmark and its collections. The tour lasts about an hour and will begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance.

Ice Skating
Sunday, February 14, 8 to 10 p.m.
Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Rink, Charlestown

If you own ice skates, take advantage of free public ice skating sessions offered at Massachusetts DCR rinks. Hours vary by location, and you can find a complete list here. The sweetheart hours at this Charlestown rink are perfect for an after-dinner Valentine’s Day spin. 

Sunday, February 14, 3 to 4 p.m.
Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford

The Community Chamber Concerts provide an opportunity to connect with the Boston Symphony Orchestra through the beauty of orchestral music. This presentation is followed by a coffee and dessert reception with an opportunity to meet the musicians. 

With these fun and cheap date ideas, you are sure to impress your Valentine with how well you manage money while having a good time. For more money-saving ideas, join us for our daily budget-boosting tip by following #CUSave2016 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


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MaryJo Kurtz
MaryJo Kurtz

MaryJo Kurtz is the assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Hanscom FCU.

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