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The Go Boston Card – Is it worth it?

If you made it to this post, then you’re wondering whether you should buy the Go Boston Card. My general recommendation is YES! However, to ensure that you get the most value from the pass, you ought to do some quick calculations. You can compare the total entrance costs of your Boston attractions against the cost of the pass.

So what exactly is the Go Boston Card and how does it work?

There are a few different options to fit everyone’s need based on the time you’re spending in the city. The all-inclusive option gives access to 43 of Boston’s best attractions over a fixed number of days for a flat fee. Alternatively, you can pay one fee for 3 to 5 attractions or build your own pass for use during a 30-day period. You buy the pass online and either print or download the mobile app. Then, activate the pass by entering your first attraction. It also includes “skip the line” access to sites. All you have to do is show the Go Boston pass at the attraction and you’re good to go.

How I used the Go Boston Card

I visited the city of Boston with my family ( one 7-year-old kid who does “the floss” included). We spent 4 nights in the city and purchased 3-day all-inclusive passes for 3 adults ($119 each) and 1 child ($79). During that time we visited:

  • New England Aquarium Whale Watch Cruise ( Adult $56, Child $35). Reservations recommended for this one as it sells out fast.
  • New England Aquarium (Adult $28, Child $19)
  • City View Hop On Hop Off 2 day tour (Adult $43, Child $19)
  • Skywalk Observatory (Adult $20, Child $14)
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Adult $25, Child $10)
  • USS Constitution Cruise (Adult $25, Child $21)
  • Lego land (Adult $23, Child $23)
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium (Adult $6, Child $4)

For an adult, all these attractions would cost $226, giving a savings of $107 (47%). For a child the same attractions would cost $126, this translates to a savings $47 (37%). The pass also comes with a guidebook to assist with the planning of your activities. Don’t forget to factor in the time needed for meals and transit between attractions. Plan your time well and you will be able to fit in even more activities during your stay in Boston. We put little to no effort on time management and was able to accomplish the listed activities.

The Verdict

As you can see from the math, the all-inclusive pass does provide a lot of savings, especially for a short stay. Don’t let the Go Boston Card dictate your plans, but rather use it to save money during your time in the city. The pass gives access to many of the top Boston attractions that you are likely to do anyway. I hope you enjoy your trip!


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6 thoughts on “The Go Boston Card – Is it worth it?

  1. Why not, this is a great advantage for a long weekend trip to Boston.

    I’m glad to have found this post because usually, I’m not the researcher but rather the spontaneous visitor.
    I think another advantage of checking out this offer is to get a quick view of all the attractions the city offers.
    I’m sure my daughter would love the wale ride and without your post, I wouldn’t even have known this exists. thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Stefan,
      I’m glad that you enjoyed it. Whale watching was one of the highlights of this trip, it’s really fun. The card really does offer a lot of value, i think it’s a great way to see a lot of Boston for less than full price. Hope you visit soon!

  2. Yes I enjoyed the article. As for me, I like traveling a lot and I believe it’s one of the best investments one can make. Usually, the major issue comes from having sufficient funds but as you have mentioned above, with a Go Boston Card, one can surely save a reasonable amount and still enjoy time in Boston.

    I do look forward to travel Go to Boston some day. Thank you for the clarification, it has given me courage to enjoy my vacations whilst saving money as well.

    1. Yes, it’s definitely a way to save some money on the things you were going to do anyway. There are a lot of activities and like I said, if you plan your time, you can get so much value out the pass.

  3. This Go To Boston card sounds great, especially for having a flat fee and being able to build your own pass. Thanks for sharing your experience showing how it’s used and places that are available to see. The savings are excellent and I’ll take note for when I visit Boston.


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