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    Boston Pass: which one to choose? A quick guide

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    You have planned a trip to Boston and you don't know if you will be able to see all that this city can and would like to offer you? Surely, if you have a travelogue or a map where you usually write down all the attractions, Boston, like all large American cities, will require you to compile a very long, too long list. What you need, in addition to a good guide and a strong ability to make decisions, is the classic and very useful pass, and this article can help you to orient yourself in the choice of “Boston pass” best suited to your needs.



    Attention: Pass characteristics may vary over time (e.g. number and type of attractions, as well as savings percentage). We therefore invite you to check on the official website, indicated in the article, for any changes.

    Index

    • Boston City Pass
      • Attractions included
      • Prices
      • How much do you save?
      • Where to buy the Boston City Pass
    • Go Boston Card All Inclusive
      • Attractions included:
      • Prices
      • How much you save:
      • Where to buy it:
    • Boston Explorer Pass
      • Prices
    • Build Your Own Boston Pass
    • Boston Fun Pass

    Boston City Pass

    Similar to the others City Pass designed for big cities, the Boston City Pass is a useful book of 5 admissions that will give you the opportunity to enter, at discounted prices, the 5 most famous and popular Boston attractions. The duration of the booklet is 9 days, so you won't be short of time to organize a quiet visit. But be careful because, in one case, you will have to choose between two attractions: one will exclude the other, and you will risk being left with an inch of your nose!


    Attractions included

    • New England Aquarium
    • Museum of Science
    • Skywalk Observatory
    • Harvard Museum of Natural History or Old state house

    Prices

    The pass costs $ 56 for adults and $ 44 for children ages 3 to 11. You can buy it directly on the official website (but not only as we will see!). After checkout, you can choose whether to print the pass from your home, or to collect it at the affiliated points in Boston. The pass expires if not used within 6 months from the date of purchase.


    How much do you save?

    If you buy the Boston City Pass, you will save up to 45% compared to the combined full price of the ticket offices, unless there are sudden changes in fares.

    • Banco Pro: the Boston City Pass has a duration of 9 days, which is more than enough to organize the visit of the 5 attractions included in the booklet in complete peace.
    • Cons: let's assume that your stay in Boston is just two days net: are you sure you should take the Boston City Pass? Maybe you could only see 2 or 3 attractions, and the total savings would be minimal, if any!

    Where to buy the Boston City Pass

    The main channels are the following (check them to see where it is more convenient to buy it):


    • Official website
    • Expedia
    • Viator

    Go Boston Card All Inclusive

    If you are the type of person who likes to have a huge choice, the Go Boston Card All Inclusive is the one for you! It is a pass of varying duration, which will allow you to enter a shortlist of ben 41 attractions of Boston, including museums, aquariums, zoos, mini-cruises and so on, plus skipping the annoying queues at the entrance. Choose according to your needs, but above all according to the duration of your stay in Boston: 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days.

    For example: if you buy the Go Boston Card valid for 1 day, and you will be quick in the visits, you can choose how many attractions you want, as long as you have energy, or until you have equalized the expenses. Borrowing from a very popular formula in the restaurant world, we could define this card as a sort of All-You-Can-Visit! There are also special offers for families.


    Attractions included:

    • New England Aquarium
    • Hop-on/off Trolley: 2-day pass
    • Fenway Park Tour
    • Museum of Science
    • Salem Witch Museum
    • Old state house
    • Museum of Fine Arts
    • Harvard Museum of Natural History
    • Freedom Trail Walking Tour
    • Franklin Park Zoo
    • Paul Revere House
    • MIT Museum
    • Boston Children’s Museum

    … and many others. The full list is aa This Page.


    Cards valid for 3, 5 and 7 days allow you to add three premium attractions (but pay attention to the period in which you will go to Boston because they are all seasonal):

    • Boston Duck Tour
    • Whale Watching at the New England Aquarium, presented by Boston Harbor Cruises
    • Boston Red Sox game (selected dates)

    Prices

     Here is the detail of the standard prices, however subject to seasonal variations and offers from operators:

    • 1 day: adults $ 57; children (3-12 years) $ 39
    • 2 days: adults $ 79; children (3-12 years) $ 59
    • 3 days: adults $ 115; children (3-12 years) $ 79
    • 5 days: adults $ 149; children (3-12 years) $ 105
    • 7 days: adults $ 175; children (3-12 years) $ 119

    Included in the price is a full-color Boston travel guide and a variety of discounts for shops and restaurants. After the purchase, you will be sent a voucher by email, which you can exchange once on the spot for the Card and the guide.

    How much you save:

    Savings are high: an average of 55% in relation to the cumulative admission price.


    • Banco Pro: the great versatility of the card, which gives you the possibility to modulate your choices according to your needs, and the days of stay.
    • Cons: sometimes having too much choice does not help to enjoy a holiday: this type of card could put on you the enthusiasm to see everything, with the risk of missing the best.

    Where to buy it:

    Here are the online sites where to buy the card:

    • Official website

    Boston Explorer Pass

    This pass allows you to choose between 3, 4 or 5 attractions from a selection of 19 that you can see at this link. What changes compared to the previous pass is therefore the basic philosophy: from a pass linked to the days of stay you pass to a pass linked to the number of attractions you want to visit. Orienting yourself towards this choice therefore requires a greater awareness of what can be seen in Boston.

    Prices

    • 3 attractions: adults $ 65; children (3-12 years) $ 45
    • 4 attractions: adults $ 85; children (3-12 years) $ 55
    • 5 attractions: adults $ 99; children (3-12 years) $ 65

    Depending on the chosen attractions you can get to a savings up to 35%. You can purchase the pass through the Official site. Once you have activated the pass with the first visit, you have 30 days to use it.

    Build Your Own Boston Pass

    It allows you to save 20% if you choose to include at least two attractions from a list of 36 (which you can view here). Depending on which and how many attractions you choose, the price, and therefore the savings, will change significantly.

    Opting for this choice therefore requires one in-depth study of Boston attractions and more planning of your itinerary. On the other hand, it will allow you to go and save exactly where you need it most, avoiding it unnecessary waste.

    Once you have activated the pass with the first visit, you have 30 days to use it. You can purchase the pass through the Official site.

    Boston Fun Pass

    This special card will allow you to enter 3 attractions at an advantageous price, saving around 30%. The attractions to choose from are the following:

    • New England Aquarium
    • Skywalk Observatory oppure Fenway Park Tour
    • Museum of Science oppure Museum of Fine Arts

    In this case, the pass has a fixed duration of 30 days starting from the first use. Always buy it on Official site.

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