• 1/2 Price Ticket to Shows: Looking for last minute tickets to a Broadway show? Two BOSTIX booths located in Faneuil Hall and Copley sell unreserved tickets at half price every day at 11am. Students can arrive 1 hour early at most venues in Boston for student rush tickets priced at $25.
  • Attraction Passes:

Go Boston Card: If you're eager to see iconic (and pricey) tourist attractions, the Go Boston Card is a popular way to save money and time. It provides all-access admission to over 50 attractions in and around Boston for just one low price. Experience attractions like the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, a Boston Harbor Cruise, Trolley Tour, and Fenway Park Tour while saving up to 55% over what you would spend by purchasing seperate tickets.  

The card comes in 1, 2, 3, 5, 7-day increments for Adults (13+) and Children (ages 3-12).  Plus it includes shopping and dining deals at local establishments for added savings. There are several ways to purchase it - via the Go Boston Card website (for shipping or INSTANT delivery to a mobile device), or locally at the Visitor Centers on the Boston Common and in the Prudential Center. 

Go Select Boston: The Go Select Boston pass is yet another money-saving attraction pass on the market and is competitive with the Go Boston Card. With this pass, you have the power -- meaning that you get to build your own pass that includes admission to only the attractions you want to visit. You have 30 days to visit the attractions chosen, so there is no rushing around. Best of all, you ALWAYS see a savings no matter which combination of attractions you select for your pass.  Ideal for savvy travellers who know what they want to see and wish take their time enjoying the sights.  

Trevii : Automatically calculates which of the above passes is the best for your trip itinerary. For calculation, Trevii considers age-dependent discounts, time-dependent free tourist attractions, such as, Institute of Contemporary Art's Free Thursday, and "pay-what-you-wish" days such as Museum of Fine Art's "pay-what-you-wish" Wednesday.

 

  • Boston Athenaeum: Free admission to the first floor to view exhibits.  Free tours given on Tuesday and Thursdays at 3:00 by reservation.
  • Boston Public Garden and the Swan Boats of Boston: The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston’s most beautiful season.

    For over 120 years, the Swan Boats have appeared in the Public Garden Lagoon every April. For a small price, leisurely patrons can enjoy a 15 minute peaceful cruise and absorb the splendor of the Boston Public Garden’s many botanical wonders.
  • Boston Public Library: Some of Boston’s own residents haven’t stepped inside this gorgeous library. The marble staircase leads to several highly detailed rooms with high ceilings, beautiful detailing, and gorgeous artwork on all the walls. Mosaic inlets and an open courtyard with a fountain rising and falling make this an ideal setting for a light stroll. The Library 's interior also has a cafe and Novel, a fine dining establishment.
  • Farmer's Market @ Haymarket:  Haymarket is Boston's great open-air market, where vendors hawk everything from fruits and vegetable to crabs and fish just off the boat. On Friday and Saturday the market crowds several blocks as vendors bark at you, cluck and chatter. This market is nothing like your local supermarket; it’s loud, noisy, hectic and best of all, cheap. The market is located behind the Fanueil Hall Marketplace.
  • Free Boston Tours with Free Tours by Foot.  Their guides work solely for tips, so you can decide what you would like to pay or can afford.  

  • Free Newspapers: Newspapers have a rich history in the city of Boston, home to the first newspaper in America, Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick, and the second newspaper in America, Boston News-Letter. Today, Boston overflows with newspapers ranging from the satirical to the serious. However, none are as helpful to travelers as Boston’s free Newspapers. Papers like the Weekly Dig, Boston Phoenix, Stuff at Night, and Improper Bostonian contain calendars detailing local events, movies, concerts, and club nights. These magazines, found in bars, coffee houses and in street-side receptacles provide the best information on what’s happening in Boston day-to-day.

  • The Freedom Trail: Follow the 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail in Downtown Boston and be led to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure. The Freedom Trail is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution.  You can follow the red brick trail on your own and stop to read the historic placards that tell the story of what you are seeing, or take a tour with a guide. If you choose to go on your own, you can buy an inexpenive guide at the Boston Common Visitor Center (148 Tremonet Street) to enrich your experience. There is an excellent posting on budget tips and coupons for Freedom Trail visitors here.  A really good, comprehensive guidebook for is available on Amazon here.
  • Granary Burying Ground: Adjacent to Park Street Church is the Granary Burying Ground, where many notable Americans are interred, including Patriots John Hancock, Paul Revere, James Otis, Robert Treat Paine, and Samuel Adams. Also buried here are the victims of the Boston Massacre, as well as whole families of settlers ravaged by fire and plague.