Boston Tourist Pass

With a history that stretches back almost 400 years, a strong sports culture, close-knit ethnic neighborhoods, and more than 250,000 college students flooding the city every September, Boston is a vibrant destination with attractions to suit every traveler.

Internationally renowned museums like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Institute for Contemporary Art attract visitors and scholars alike. Between the Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots, there’s always a local team to root for (and a rival to root against), and pretty much everyone claims citizenship in Red Sox Nation.

The Freedom Trail winds through downtown Boston and leads visitors past significant historic sites like the location of the Boston Massacre, the Paul Revere House, and the U.S.S. Constitution. The Freedom Trail also highlights the ways in which Boston has changed over time— the Boston Massacre happened in the middle of what is now known as Downtown Crossing, a bustling area adjacent to the financial district that’s full of shops and restaurants. And Paul Revere’s house is within shouting distance of scores of restaurants, bakeries, and cafés in the North End, which has been home to a close-knit Italian American community since the early 20th century.

Boston is a very walkable city, with reliable public transportation including trains and trolleys that reach out to the inner suburbs and commuter rail lines that extend west to Worcester, south to Rhode Island, and north almost as far as the New Hampshire border. Driving in Boston—and Boston drivers— gets a bad rap, but it’s true that the city’s curlicue streets and lack of a grid system can give you nightmares if you aren’t used to it.

Most of the students leave in the summer, but they’re replaced with international and U.S. tourists taking advantage of New England’s precious few months of perfect weather. Fall in New England is always gorgeous, and it’s no exception even in the city.

Smart Destinations offers the Go Boston Card, which is good for unlimited admission to more than 70 Boston attractions for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days. Their Go Select Pass get discounts on as many attractions as you want to choose.

And CityPass also has a Boston program. Their pass gives you admission to five of the most popular attractions, the aquarium, MFA, Museum of ScienceSkywalk at the Prudential Center, and either the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the JKF Library and Museum.

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Top Boston Tourist Passes

Boston CityPASS: Five of Boston and Cambridge’s biggest attractions are available for one low price, and you have 9 days to use your tickets.

Go Boston Card: Explore Boston at your own pace while saving precious vacation dollars. Receive free admission to popular Boston attractions, and enjoy discounts on shopping and dining around town.