We are proud to offer our newest, affordable sightseeing option – AUDIO TOURS. Can’t make one of our guided Boston walking tours? No problem. We have partnered with Atlantis Audio Tours to provide you with a convenient way to experience our tours. Currently, we only offer our Freedom Trail Tour in this format, but we hope to offer many more this summer.
Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.
Here is how it works:
Download our free Boston walking tour app on (iTunes) or (Android).
Download any audio tour(s).
Enjoy the tour(s).
Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating and playing in the Boston.
Listen to a sample of our Freedom Trail Tour (the Old South Meeting House)
This post will provide useful information about Fenway Park tours, including reviews, tour highlights, and tips on choosing the right one for you. We also provide tips on discount tickets and the best way to reach Fenway.
This post lists top things to do in Boston in May as well as things to do at night, free activities and family friendly events. Be sure to look at what’s going on in Boston in April, or things to do all year round!
This post explains the reviews the various Boston bus tours available to you, including hop-on-hop-off trolleys, amphibious vehicles, themed tours and day trips. We also provide tips on discounts and value.
This post provides a comparison of the various Boston attraction discount passes. Boston is a bustling city with many wonderful museums and historic sites to visit. To help mitigate the costs, a number of companies have created Boston tourist passes which offer entrance to popular attractions at a discounted price.
If at first glance the tourist passes seem too pricey, be sure to calculate the estimated cost of visiting all the attractions you hope to see. When properly planned, these tourist passes can actually save you a lot of time and money.
We recommend deciding on what you want and have time to do first before choosing which pass you would like. In other words, don’t necessarily let the pass decide for you where to go.
We’ve broken down the details of two of the most popular companies offering tourist passes — Boston CityPass and Smart Destinations Boston — to help you decide which pass is the right fit for you.
As you look at the variety of options keep in mind your budget, interests, and stamina. Everyone’s tastes are a little different, so not all packages are right for all people.
Remember Our Tours
Don’t forget about all our “name your own price” walking tours of the city! For a full list of our tours offered, check out our calendar.
Choose from several different pre-built packages that give you discounted access to several different attractions for a one-time fee. With these packages, you are guaranteed to save between 30%-43% and can visit each place once over a 30 day time period.
Prepackaged passes are great if you know what you want to do before you arrive. The savings per attraction are on the high end for tourist passes, however, if you have more interests, you might find better savings overall with the other discount pass options.
City Pass and Smart Destinations are the only 2 companies offering discounted prepackaged passes in Boston.
The CityPass is a booklet of 4 admission tickets that can save you 43% off ticket prices to Boston’s top attractions and lets you skip the long lines at the front door.
Attraction Admissions Included in the Boston CityPass:
For the CityPass, we suggest that you purchase tickets online, or at any of the attractions listed above (though you’ll need to stand in line). Once you buy, you can show your tickets on your mobile device at the gate and get fast VIP entrance. Easy!
Benefits of the CityPass
If you have ample time in Boston and intend on visiting all of the attractions listed, then the CityPass is a great way to explore on a budget. The 9-day time frame makes the pass perfect for anyone planning a long trip.
Also, the opportunity to skip lines could potentially be a huge time saver, especially if visiting Boston during the busy months. However, if you are pressed for time or not particularly interested in all 4 attractions, it might be better to look elsewhere.
Things to consider before buying the Boston CityPass
Traveling with kids? Some museums offer discounts to children under the age of 18. For example, The Museum of Fine Arts is $25 for adults, but $10 for those 7-17 and free for ages 6 and under. Also, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is $12 for adults but $8 for those 18 and under.
Smart Destinations Packages
Additionally, Smart Destinations, which focuses on larger tours passes (see below) also offers several pre-packaged activities passes that give you discounts to the most popular attractions in Boston. These are especially great options for families who need to buy multiple tickets and who are looking for more family-friendly options:
Boston Family Fun Pass
Entrance to New England Aquarium and your choice of Skywalk Observatory OR Fenway Park Tour, and Museum of Science OR Museum of Fine Arts
These particular passes are best suited towards people who are interested in seeing a number of attractions without the restrictions of a 1-3 day time limit. If you’re already planning to visit some of the sites listed above, then these attraction passes are a great way to save — especially as a family!
Smart Destinations is another fantastic company that offers 3 different options for tourist discount packages in Boston.
The first is all-inclusive and based on the number of days, while the second and third options let you build your own experiences. Each offers unique perks, so be sure to read about each.
All cards come with a risk-free, money-back guarantee. If your plans change or you do not activate your pass(es) within one year, you get a full refund, no questions asked. Alternatively, they also offer great discounts on specific attractions.
Rather than buy a pass for a specific number of days, Smart Destinations also allows you to purchase passes that give you entry into a certain number of popular sites for a discounted rate.
The Go Boston Card is a pass designed to give you discounts of up to 55% on 41 different attractions, from museums to tours, customizable for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days. This is a great option if you plan to visit a number of attractions on a given number of days. The more days you choose, the more value you can extract out of each day.
To make the best use of the Go Boston Card, you’ll need to plan your day’s itinerary. Luckily, you’ll get a guidebook with your order that helps with planning. The guidebook also includes restaurant suggestions and is a great tool for planning your exploration of Boston.See a full list of attraction discounts included here.
Calculate Cost Per Hour:
You need to calculate the cost per hour of each tour and attraction to make sure that you are getting the best value possible, and you should make your calculations based on the actual best price and not the retail price.
Likewise, the suggested amount of time for each attraction and tour is usually the best case scenario and you may very well find that you need more time than is indicated and you may experience fewer options than you planned. You need to calculate travel time between attractions as well as time for lunch and dinner.
Unlike the All-Inclusive Pass, the Explorer Pass lets you choose either a 3, 4 or 5 attraction bundle to see over 30 days that can save you up to 35% on admission. Unlike the All-Inclusive Pass, the Explorer Pass has only 19 attractions to choose from compared to 41 for the All-Inclusive Pass. However, like the All-Inclusive Pass, there’s no need to decide what you will see before you arrive in Boston.
You will like this pass if you are certain that you want to see at least 3 of the attractions listed on their website, but don’t want to feel pressure to have to visit as many things as possible to get the value out of your pass. If your plans change or you do not activate your pass(es) within one year, you get a full refund, no questions asked.
The 35% savings is probably the very best you could get by choosing the most expensive options. As we wrote previously, it’s probably a mistake to let the card dictate what you will do. The Explorer Pass offers just 1/2 of the attractions and tours that All-Inclusive Pass offers, so be sure to take a look at what is available before deciding on either.
Build Your Own (2+ Attractions) Boston Pass
If you know the places you want to visit and are looking for a discount, check out the Build Your Own Boston Pass from Smart Destinations (think – à la carte). Choose 2+ attractions and receive discounts of up to 20% on admission.
In some ways, this pass is the middle ground between the two previously mentioned Smart Destination passes, as it lets you decide how many options to choose but also has more options like the all-inclusive pass. The drawback here is that your savings are will likely be lower.
Before You Buy:
This pass option offers less of a discount but is a good deal if you plan on only visiting a few attractions during your Boston visit or if the attractions that you choose are not expensive enough to justify the cost of the Explorer Pass. The price for this pass varies based on the attractions you select, and the number of people in your party.
If you’d prefer a bus or trolley tour, there are several different packages to choose from as well. Each of the 3 tours explores different aspects of Boston including a general history of the city, the Boston Tea Party, and Boston’s haunted history. These are a great way to maximize your time in the city if you’re only in Boston for a few days. Each offers great savings, though the Boston Old Town Trolley Tour is the most budget-friendly.
Boston Old Town Trolley Tour
All day hop-on, hop-0ff tour of Boston’s most historic sites with free admission to Old State House and $10 Off Admission to Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
April is a great time to visit Boston to watch the Boston Marathon (or run it, if you’re so included) and enjoy the other Patriot’s Day events in Boston. Patriot’s Day is an official holiday in Massachusetts (and Maine) and that weekend is full of celebrations and events. It recognizes the first battle of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, the morning after Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.
This year, the Boston Marathon is April 16, 2018. The race actually starts in Hopkinton, Mass so its only the last leg that is in Boston.
Where is the best place to watch the Boston Marathon?
There are a lot of great places to watch along the more then 25 miles of the race. If you have the means to get out of the city, Heartbreak Hill between Miles 20 and 21 in Newton is the notoriously difficult part of the race or you can head to Wellesley to join in with the students at the Scream Tunnel.
By the time the runners get to Boston they are on the last part of the course, meaning you can get some actitivites in in the morning, like our Freedom Trail Walking Tour, before you need to head down to grab a spot – unless you want to see the winners. They are fast.
If you want to stay in Boston, two of the favorite spots are:
Kenmore Square:If you can find a spot … this is one of the most energetic places to watch. The Red Sox game will be letting out as some of the later runners come by so it turns into a big party. You’ll see runners come by from 10am-5pm so if you want to avoid the doubleheader of crowds, get there after the Red Sox game has started (11:05am) and leave before it ends!
Just across from the Boston Public Library is the Boston Marathon finish line. You can see it year round painted on the Boylston Street. You’ll find this is the most crowded place to watch so only go if you don’t mind crowds. Take note that the Copley Green Station is closed on Race Day, so you’ll need to arrive another way. The Hynes Convention Center Stop on the B, C, D lines will be the closest stop and just follow the crowds. You should start to see the first runners around 10am and then it’s all day long from there.
If you want to see the racers cross in a more relaxed manner (for you, at least) grab a drink at Solas, an Irish pub near by with a second floor. You won’t be the only one with this idea so get there early.
This post lists top things to do in Boston in April as well as things to do at night, free activities and family friendly events. You can also check out our guide to March or May! Or just see what we recommend to do in Boston All Year Round.
The first shots of the Revolutionary War (War of Independence, depending on which side you were one) were fired as the sun rose over Lexington, Massachusetts. While visiting Boston, you’ll be inundated with Revolutionary War history and sites, but why not start from the beginning?
Leaving Boston, you can follow the British foot steps, but don’t worry you don’t have to take a horse! Getting to Lexington and Concord from Boston is simple.
Symphony Hall is one of the country’s premier concert halls and it’s a beautiful Boston landmark. It is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and if your budget and time allows, we highly recommend attending a concert. Symphony Hall was built in 1900 as one of the first auditoriums to be designed with acoustics in mind and is still one of the best sounding venues in the world.