Why Buy a Go Boston Card Instead of a Boston CityPass?

Smart Destinations’ Go Boston Card and the Boston CityPass are the two biggest all-inclusive products in the Boston market. They both have their pros and cons, and both are popular with visitors. Yet despite often being part of the same conversation, these products offer very different benefits. In fact, when you consider attributes like included attractions, ease of use, maximum potential savings, and flexibility, the Go Boston Card is a clear winner.

Let’s start with a few comparative points, then get into specifics about savings.

Included Attractions

Go Boston Card

There are simply too many to list them all here, but here’s a brief selection of the top tourist attractions available through the Go Boston Card program:

Boston CityPass

  • New England Aquarium
  • Museum of Science
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Skywalk Observatory OR Harvard Museum of Natural History

As you can see, the Go Boston Card includes all of the same attractions as the Boston CityPass, without the need for any exclusionary choices. You can see as much as you can fit into your schedule!

How You Save

The Go Boston Card advertises that it can save you up to 55% on combined admission prices, and their website offers several examples of real customer itineraries and how they saved on their vacations. If you want to maximize your savings, there are tons of attraction combinations that will really add up the savings.

In fact, one of the best things about this pass is the flexibility – you create so many personalized itineraries and still get your money’s worth out of this pass. You can save over $300 per couple!

Boston CityPass advertises that it can save you up to 47% on combined admission prices. Because there are only five options, they don’t offer any real customer experience on their site. In order to maximize your savings, you have to visit all of the included attractions and be sure to choose the more expensive one for your either/or choice.

The real downside here is how limited you are in personal attraction choices. You only have two possible itinerary combinations, and that’s with only one variable. The most you can possibly save is $85.90 per couple.

How Do I Use Them?

Both products work in similar ways, in that they serve as your admission ticket to the included attractions. The Boston CityPassis a booklet of paper tickets that can be shipped or picked up in person in Boston. Attractions tear off the paper ticket when you visit, and you hold onto the booklet for future admission to the other attractions.

The Go Boston Card comes with a variety of options. You can choose a physical card (the size and shape of a credit card) that can either be shipped or picked up in person in Boston, or you can choose to receive instant delivery of their digital pass. It’s the same pass with all the same benefits, but you can use it on your smartphone for admission to all of the included attractions. If you like the instant part but not the digital part, just print out the pass and present the paper copy to attractions. Many customers prefer the digital option because of its speed and convenience.

What’s the Real Difference?

The big difference here is going to be in your style of travel. If you prefer a kind of “do it all, see it all” attitude, then the Go Boston Card is best for you. You’ll get more value the more you do, and the longer increments you buy the card for, the more you can save on combined admission prices. You also get one free bonus attraction for 3-, 5-, and 7-Day cards, featuring premium activities like a Whale Watch, Red Sox tickets, and the Boston Duck Tours. The most popular card is the 3-Day Go Boston Card.

If you only want to see a very specific, limited set of attractions, then the Boston CityPass might be a good choice. However, you have a lot fewer options, which don’t even include some of the most significant historical sites in the city. You’re also out of luck if you want to see both the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Skywalk Observatory. There are no bonus attractions with CityPass. At the end of the day, this product just doesn’t offer the same flexibility, variety, and convenience that the Go Boston Card does.

Extra Details

The Go Boston Card also includes attractions in Cape Cod, Lexington, Concord, Salem, and more, so you’ll really get a feel for the whole Boston metro area and its rich historical heritage.

Both products come with additional coupons for savings on dining, shopping, and/or other attractions.  However CityPass only has discounts at a few of the museum shops as well as Macy’s. Go Boston Card gives you discounts at about 20 restaurants, shows and shops (including Macy’s).

Both products also come with basic details like directions and contact information. The Go Boston Card includes a free, full-color guidebook with your purchase. This includes information on the local mass transit system (the MBTA), details about local neighborhoods, and some facts about free points of interest and historical sites.

As mentioned above, the Go Boston Card offers your choice of 4 premium bonus attractions, including a Whale Watch, Red Sox Tickets, Gray Line Boston Tours, and the Boston Duck Tours.

Last Thoughts

Trying to decide between a Go Boston Card and Boston CityPass? Think about what you want out of a vacation, what your style of travel is, and what your budget is. Both products also have crucial differences in available attractions, the way the passes work, how much you save, and what’s included in your total experience. Ultimately, the Go Boston Card just seems like better value for your money.

Explore the Blue Ridge Region of North Carolina with the Go Blue Ridge Card

Visitors can now experience everything the Blue Ridge region of western North Carolina has to offer with fully pre-paid access to nearly 30 top attractions. Smart Destinations’ newly launched Go Blue Ridge Card lets customers explore the Blue Ridge Parkway with convenience and value. The card was developed in partnership with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

Blue Ridge Highway

The card is available in 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day limits, which begin the first time you use the card. Smart Destinations president, touts the Go Blue Ridge Card’s ability to let customers craft a personalized experience. “Visitors can choose the combination of attractions that suits their own interests and schedule,” she says, “whether they want to take a white water rafting trip, explore the Linville Caverns or hop on the Tweetsie Railroad.” A full-color guidebook is included, complete with detailed descriptions of each attraction and maps to help you navigate the area.

Enjoy convenient, pre-paid admission to these popular Blue Ridge attractions: Biltmore, Emerald Village, Lake Lure Tours, Chimney Rock Park, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Rockhouse Vineyards, The Health Adventure, Loafers Glory Rafting & Tubing, Asheville Historic Trolley Tour, Smith-McDowell House Museum, Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Tweetsie Railroad, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) raft trip, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, Banner Elk Winery, The Historic Orchard at Altapass storytelling hayride, The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Mystery Hill, Mountainside Theatre: Unto these Hills… A Retelling, Wildwater Rafting trip, Smoky Mountain Jet Boats, Dillsboro Rafting trip, Great Smokey Mountain Fish Camp with Tubing, Oconaluftee Indian Village, Ghost Town in the Sky™ Rose Creek Mine, Wheels Through Time Museum, and Smoky Mountain Trains Museum.

Lake Lure from Chimney Rock

The Go Blue Ridge Card is also good for discounts on dining at Spear’s BBQ and Grill at Linville Falls Lodge, NOC Relia’s Garden Restaurant, the Balsam Mountain Inn restaurant, Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery, Chimney Rock Park Sky Lounge and the Old Rock Café Restaurant. Enjoy savings at stores and attractions including Grove Arcade ARTS & Heritage Gallery, the Historic Orchard at Altapass, Mast General Store, Banner Elk Winery, Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Living Museum, and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Or save on adventures like Smoky Mountain Jet Boats and Blue Ridge Day Hiker.

Purchase the card online from Smart Destinations or any number of distribution partners worldwide, or pick one up in person at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Street. Find directions at www.exploreasheville.com.