- The list below includes 632 free or cheap things to do in or near Newton, Massachusetts, including 111 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Movie Theaters, History Museums and Playgrounds.
- From Cold Spring Park to Hammond Pond Reservation, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Newton and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Boston, Lowell, Cambridge and Salem.
There are many activities that Cold Spring Park hosts, with different areas for tennis, soccer, basketball and softball. A running trail circles the park, which also contains a dog park as well as a seasonal farmer's market.
Consisting of a large pond surrounded by woodland, Hammond Pond Reservation offers visitors recreational activities like hiking and fishing. The trail at the pond passes by caves, groves, swamps, gardens, and more.
The Newton Center Park & Playground features five clay tennis courts, regulation and junior baseball fields, elementary soccer fields, basketball court, play area with swings, and fenced toddler play area with swings and a recreation center.
The 6-acre Forte Memorial Park is a recreational park that has a pre-school play area with swings. The park also features a city memorial site, a lighted basketball court, bocce ball courts, and a stage performance area.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and more boat types for rental. This full-service shop also carries new and used boat types for purchase, and free demos are offered. Shuttled river trips are an option, and group bookings are available.
Boating in Boston serves the Lakes District of the Charles River, and offers rentals of various kinds of watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. The facility also offers classes and tours.