New England on a Budget: Deals and Tips for a Cheap Trip

Are you saving up for a New England vacation? Do you wish you could treat your kids to more day trips to New England's historic attractions and family-fun spots or escape with your sweetie for more frequent weekend getaways? Good news! Deals and savings are always available if you want to experience New England on a budget. You just need to know where to look... and you've found the right place!

01 of 09

Visit New England's 9 Best Free Attractions

Freedom Trail Faneuil Hall Boston
Media photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

There's really no excuse to sit at home when you can be boarding a nuclear submarine, viewing art masterpieces, watching potatoes become chips or beholding a Guinness World Record holder—all absolutely free! Those are just a few hints of what you'll find in our guide to the top nine things to do in New England without spending a nickel. Take a look, too, at this long list of free Boston attractions if you're planning a trip to New England's largest city.

02 of 09

Book a Stay at a New England B&B with Rooms Under $100

Blackberry River Inn CT

Kim Knox Beckius

That's right. Breakfast is included! And you'll still enjoy a New England getaway for less than a Benjamin at these seven eclectic bed & breakfast inns. If you've been putting off all-important time for two for too long, don't let money be an obstacle. Or go solo and treat yourself to a change of scenery. You probably spent more on your last pair of shoes, and a peaceful night away will do much more to boost your spirits.

03 of 09

Take Advantage of the Best Boston Discount Programs for Travelers

Boston CityPass

Kim Knox Beckius

Boston is an expensive city, so you'll need to take advantage of every deal available if you want to visit the Hub on a budget. Here are some of the best discount programs available to Boston travelers. They'll save you real dollars on attractions, dining, and shopping. Some of these programs will save you time, too, by allowing you to skip ticket lines and pack in more sightseeing.

04 of 09

Ski on the Cheap

Cheap Skiing in New Hampshire

Media photo courtesy of Dartmouth Skiway

Lift ticket prices have soared at New England's largest and most popular ski resorts, but if you're willing to sacrifice a few amenities and embrace an old-school skiing experience, you can still enjoy a day on the slopes without breaking your budget. Here's your guide to the cheapest places to ski in each of the six New England states.

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05 of 09

Buy Live Maine Lobster... Cheap!

Lobster Co-op Maine

Kim Knox Beckius

Where's the best place to buy live lobster in Maine without paying a premium? Discover the Lobster Co-op, where you can pick up fresh, cheap lobsters to cook in Maine or to take home. You can also dine right here, too, with an authentic view of lobster boats bringing in the day's catch. If you want to order lobsters for overnight delivery to your home, the Lobster Co-op has some of the best prices in the business, too.

06 of 09

Shop at New England's Renowned Outlet Stores

Strip Mall Factory Outlet Discount Stores
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From Connecticut to Maine, the region's famous outlet stores offer savvy shoppers the chance to hunt for bargains on everything from designer apparel and footwear to flour. Plan your shopping trip with this guide to outlet destinations and tips for knowing when a deal is really a deal.

07 of 09

Don't Head to Six Flags New England Without Checking These Discount Offers

VR Coaster at Six Flags New England
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You're in for sticker shock if you load the family in the car and speed off to Six Flags New England, figuring you'll just buy your admission tickets at the gate. Before you leave home, read up on ways to save on theme park admission. With a coupon or online pre-purchase deal, you'll save a bundle.

08 of 09

Know the Best Time to Dine Out in Boston

Chart House restaurant at Long Wharf.
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The Dine Out Boston promotion (Boston's version of Restaurant Week) is held twice each year in the winter and summer (March and August). These two-week events give diners the chance to appreciate chefs' creativity without blowing their meal budgets. Enjoy a multi-course lunch or dinner for a price that's easy to swallow.

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09 of 09

Pay One Price for a New England Feast

Nordic Lodge All You Can Eat Lobster

 Kim Knox Beckius

Feeding your crew can really add up when you're on the road in New England. So, seek out these top all-you-can-eat restaurants, where you'll pay a fixed price for a true feast. From a Rhode Island restaurant famous for its unlimited lobster buffet to a Maine college dining hall with ocean views and incredibly cheap yet healthy eats, these indulgent dining destinations will allow you to skip a meal—or two—after you heap and re-heap your plate.

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