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Sightseeing on a Budget in Boston

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.

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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 14 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 14 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Boston Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Boston Food & History North End Freedom Trail Walking Tour

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Combine two attractions Boston has to offer—delicious food and rich history—on this tour that starts in the popular North End and continues along the Freedom Trail. Snack your way through this historic Italian neighborhood, trying fresh bread at a hidden bakery and enjoying an Italian salumeria. Once fortified, walk the Freedom Trail to discover the rich history of the American Revolution and experience the modern city Boston is now.
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  • 5 hours
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Boston CityPASS

Boston CityPASS

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Experience Boston’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Boston CityPASS. Visit the popular New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science. Plus choose 2 admissions between the following 3 attractions Boston Harbor Cruises, Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Franklin Park Zoo to complete the experience. This Boston CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days from date of first use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from the attractions is not included. Attractions may be required to verify proof of COVID-19 vaccination before allowing entry. Please review attraction requirements before visiting Boston.
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  • 9 days
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$67.00
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with Harbor Cruise Option

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit nine of Boston’s top attractions — like the USS Constitution, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and Fenway Park, to name a few — on a 1.75-hour loop. Select your pass, then board at any of the nine stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary from a professional tour conductor. Upgrade your experience to include a Boston harbor cruise.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour in Small-Group

Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour in Small-Group

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Get to know Boston through its food on this small-group walking tour limited to 12 people. With a guide, you sample seafood, Italian dishes, and other fare as you explore the city's North End neighborhood. Along the way, learn about the history of the area.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Signature Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

Signature Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy Boston from the water while dining on a delicious buffet lunch on this cruise. See an array of top landmarks including Bunker Hill, the World Trade Center, and the site of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. After lunch, head up to the top deck—the largest outdoor patio deck in town.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston Premier Odyssey Dinner Cruise
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Boston Premier Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston with an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This 2-hour expedition on Boston Harbor features a three-course meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sun set, then take a stroll under the stars and enjoy the view of the illuminated Boston skyline at night or head to the dance floor for music and fun in the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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  • 2 hours
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Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

Go City: Boston All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions and Tours

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Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with Go City's Boston All-Inclusive Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, over 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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Go City: Boston Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

Go City: Boston Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

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See more of Boston for one low price by purchasing the Boston Explorer Pass by Go City. Enjoy great savings off regular prices as you get admission to your choice of two, three, four or five Boston attractions, picking among top city highlights like a Fenway Park Tour, Boston Sunset Cruise, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, New England Aquarium and much more. An included digital guide helps design the perfect itinerary. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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Sweet & Savory South End Neighborhood Food Tour
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Sweet & Savory South End Neighborhood Food Tour

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Discover the South End in a fun and memorable way with this Sweet & Savory Food Tour. Make your way through this iconic Boston neighborhood, stopping for treats like Venezuelan appetizers and French-Cambodian cuisine. As you walk, admire the architecture and learn about the area’s rich cultural history. Your guide will share insider knowledge and point out hidden gems along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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