It's Summer Vacation 101 with these budget-friendly Boston diversions

Summer means travel, and if there's one city that has an overflow of college students -- and diversions to entertain them -- it's Boston. Money College blogger Abby Wise took to the road; here's her report from Beantown on 10 entertaining options that won't break your bank, but will make you feel like a million.

1. Swing by the Beehive for dancing and live music. Musicians play modern takes on classic jazz, blues, R&B and reggae every night. The Bohemian restaurant welcomes all ages and usually has no cover fee, but be prepared to purchase food or drinks. The high-energy stage welcomes local, national and international musicians.
Estimated cost:$10-$20

2. Closet word geeks rejoice! Every Tuesday night Highland Kitchen hosts a spelling bee where contestants go head to head to compete for wordy wisdom. The letters start flying at 9 p.m. sharp, but be sure to grab a bite from the kitchen before hand. The restaurant specializes in meats of all kinds from burgers and steak to chicken and pork, but also offers plenty of veggies and salads for the vegetarians out there.
Estimated cost: $8-$20

3. For a night out at the movies, but away from the multiplex, check out Coolidge Corner Theatre. The non-profit theater caters to independent films and occasional throwbacks. For a few extra dollars, attend a Coolidge Corner Theatre event, which usually includes a guest speaker before the showings. Recently, a Harvard professor lectured about aggressive behavior in humans and primates before a viewing of "Fight Club." Check out matinees, which run before 4 p.m., to save a couple of bucks.
Estimated cost: $7-10

4. For some live rock 'n' roll, head to Paradise Rock Club. The venue hosts popular and up-and-coming musicians that have included Kings of Leon, Tom Petty and Coldplay. Most shows are college-kid friendly; the cost of tickets ranges depending on the band, but the average performance sets you back around $25. The club also offers a casual menu, listing items such as wings, sliders and sandwiches.
Estimated cost: $25 (more for popular performers)

5. Get in touch with your artistic side at the Museum of Fine Arts, Botson on one of their free days this summer: June 20 and July 30. The museum hosts a variety of special events from lectures to film screenings on various evenings. For those over 21, sip on a cocktail while enjoying art and live music on the first Friday of each month from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The museum also hosts monthly, expert-led wine tastings every last Wednesday. Student bonus: save $2 on regular admission price.
Cost: Free-$20

6. Get your study on at Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Located on the famous shopping stretch of Newbury Street, the bookstore offers a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of books to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The spot's often filled with students and hipsters sipping on coffee or tea and biting into one of the cafe's dishes, which include meals such as omelets, salads and sandwiches. The bookstore also provides daily specials, which range from enchiladas to chili. Unlike typical bookstores, Trident stays open until midnight and even serves wine and beer at the cafe.
Estimated cost: $5-$20

7. Music addicts flock across the Massachusetts Avenue bridge to Cambridge, seven days a week for live performances at T.T. the Bear's Place. The venue plays a range of genres from indie rock to goth and draws in a variety of viewers to match. The intimate atmosphere lets audience members experience performances up close. Nirvana even graced their stage in 1990, playing for about 11 onlookers.
Estimated cost: Free-$10

8. Bukowski's Tavern, named after the barfly author himself, offers cheap eats and a large variety of beers for those of age. Order a hot dog for under $5 or one of the Boston-famous burgers for under $10. Although a dive bar, the food quality and the cooks' knack for cooking burgers just right will convince you otherwise.The place gets packed late at night so arrive early for the best service and remember to stop by the ATM before visiting as the spot takes cash only.
Estimated cost: $5-$15

9. Add a bit of magic to your night at the Mystery Lounge on Harvard Square. The stars put on a lively show, mixing comedy and magic tricks. The performance announces itself as the longest running comedy and magic club in Boston. Each show goes from 8-10 p.m. The goofy magicians leave the audience laughing and wondering just how they pulled off the night's array of tricks.
Cost: $10

10. To satisfy that sweet tooth, head to Lineage for one of their mouth-watering desserts. Try the strawberry mousse, lemon cheesecake or flour-less chocolate cake. It's no surprise thatBoston Magazine named Lineage's creamy, butterscotch pudding Best Dessert in 2006.
Cost: $8


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