Sightseeing on a Budget in Boston
Boston may rank as one of the most expensive US cities to visit, but there are still ways to enjoy it on a budget—without having to compromise on what you see and do. Whether it’s a hop-on hop-off trolley outing or a walking tour that includes food tastings, here’s how to get the most for your buck in Beantown.
Take a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Boston’s hop-on hop-off trolley tours are convenient and inexpensive ways to get your bearings and explore the city for one price, without having to pay for multiple cab or bus journeys. Tours typically include stops at Boston’s top attractions, including the USS Constitution and Fenway Park, and often come with extras, such as entry to the Old State House and other popular activities.
Book an Attractions Pass
Clock up savings while you sightsee by purchasing a Boston attractions pass such as the Go Boston Card. Valid for a set period of time, the cards entitle you to admission or discounted admission to your choice of a list of attractions, all for one price. Attractions passes typically also give you access to tours such as hop-on hop-off trolley circuits, Freedom Trail walking tours, and discounts and deals at restaurants and retailers.
Select a Super Saver
Super Saver tours are ideal for checking off Boston’s must-do activities while saving money. They combine two top-selling tours for a discounted price, so you pay less than if booking them individually. Options include whale watching cruises teamed with entry to Boston’s New England Aquarium and 2-day combos that explore revolutionary and Civil War sites on one day and a Boston trolley tour the next.
Choose Tours and Cruises that Include Food
If you’re already planning to delve into particular areas of Boston, such as the North End, add extra value by booking tours that cover both the neighborhood highlights and cuisine. Choices range from walking tours focused on history and food in the Italian neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and the North End to forays into the South End quarter that include food stops. The same goes if you want to take a boat trip around Boston Harbor—many combine sightseeing from the water with an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet or 3-course dinner.