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.
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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