As one of the United States’ oldest and most culturally rich cities, Boston is a haven for inquisitive tourists. Discover the story of America’s fight for independence on the Freedom Trail, tuck into creamy clam chowder at Quincy Market or support the Red Sox at Fenway Park. However you choose to spend your time, Go Boston can give you savings of up to 55 percent on more than 40 of the city’s top attractions. Better yet, pass holders pay a once-off price in advance which leaves them with nothing to pay at the gate.
How Does it Work?
There are three different versions of Go Boston passes – the All-Inclusive Pass, the Explorer Pass, and the Build Your Own Pass. Decide which of these best suits your requirements, then purchase your pass online via the Go City website. During the checkout process, you’ll be able to state how many adult and how many children passes you need. When payment is complete, your pass will be delivered via e-mail. You can either print it out at home or download the free Go City app and use it on your smartphone. When you get to your chosen attraction, simply present your pass for scanning and enter without having to pay anything on the day.
Top Tip: If planning your own itinerary seems daunting, you can purchase one of Go City's pre-built packages. These offer savings of up to 20 percent and are valid for 30 days.
The All-Inclusive Pass
The most popular pass is the All-Inclusive Pass. You decide how many days you want to sightsee (the company offers one-, two-, three-, five-, and seven-day passes). Then, pay a once-off fee and visit as many of the included attractions as you can in that time. There are 44 attractions to choose from, and you can decide which ones you want to visit as you go. There’s no limit to how many you can do except for time and your own motivation.
Most attractions can be visited once a day, although some can only be visited once during the pass' lifetime. The more you visit, the more you save. As a real-life example, one customer purchased a two-day pass, visited five attractions and saved 32 percent overall; while another customer visited eight attractions on a two-day pass and saved 70 percent. If you choose a three, five, or seven-day option you’ll also get admission to one premium attraction (see below).
Passes are activated the first time you use them and must be used on consecutive days.
The Explorer Pass
The Explorer Pass is a great alternative for those who like to sight-see at a more laid-back pace. Pick a three, four, or five-choice pass and get admission to the corresponding number of attractions from a list of 21 different options. You don’t have to choose what you want to do in advance – instead, you can wake up, see how you feel and decide on the day. With this pass, you can save up to 35 percent on admission fees, with more expensive attractions offering the best savings. You can only visit each attraction once, and the pass is valid for 30 days after activation.
The Build Your Own Pass
If you already know exactly what you want to see and do in Boston, the Build Your Own Pass is the one for you. This option lets you choose specific attractions in advance from a list of 40 options. As long as you choose two or more, you’ll receive a 20 percent discount on the combined price at checkout. Your dollar savings depend on the price of the attractions you choose. For example, Paul Revere House has a gate price of $5, so you’ll only save $1. Six Flags New England has a gate price of $71.99, so you’ll save $14.39. This pass is also valid for 30 days after being activated.
Examples of Included Attractions
Premium attractions are available to all three-, five-, and seven-day All-Inclusive Pass holders, who have the opportunity to select one of four memorable options. Get a ticket to a Blue Man Group show, or take an amphibious tour of the city on the Boston Duck. In season, you can also enjoy close encounters with humpbacks on a New England Aquarium Whale Watch trip or cheer for the city’s beloved baseball team with a free Boston Red Sox Game Ticket. Some of these premium attractions are also offered by the Explorer and Build Your Own passes.
Attractions that are available to all pass holders are varied enough to suit all interests. Educate yourself with a visit to one of Boston’s unique museums, including the Salem Witch Museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Join a guided tour of the Freedom Trail or Fenway Park; or entertain the kids with a visit to attractions like Franklin Park Zoo and the New England Aquarium. All-Inclusive Pass holders and Build Your Own Pass holders have access to a slew of additional attractions as well.
Go Boston Benefits
Reasons to purchase a Go Boston Pass include:
- Major savings on admission fees, leaving you with more cash to spend on dining out and accommodation.
- Paying a once-off fee in advance makes it easier to budget accurately for your trip.
- Select attractions allow you to skip the ticket line, saving you precious time.
- The pass is valid all day, with no peak time restrictions.
- All passes include a free 50+ page guidebook, available in English, Chinese, and Spanish. The book contains detailed information about each attraction including opening hours and reservation requirements.
- You’ll also receive a printable PDF map of Boston, showing all 44 attractions.
- The pass entitles you to extra discounts at various dining, shopping and entertainment outlets including the New England Aquarium IMAX, Hard Rock Cafe and the Nantucket High-Speed Ferry.
- Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Things to Consider
There are a few caveats to consider as well:
- If you purchase an All-Inclusive Pass, remember that it is valid for the given number of calendar days, not 24-hour periods. This means that if you activate a 3-Day pass in the evening, you will only have two days left to use it. Visit your first attraction in the morning to get the most out of your pass.
- Some attractions may charge extra for special exhibits or upgrades, which are not covered by your Go Boston Pass.
- Children’s Go Boston Passes are valid for kids ages 3 to 12. If your chosen attraction charges for younger children, you will have to pay for them at the gate.
- Some attractions (and especially premium attractions) require reservations. These are marked in the guidebook, so be sure to read it carefully to avoid disappointment.
- All passes expire one year from the date of purchase, so be sure to start using yours before then.
- All passes are non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.
How to Get a Go Boston Pass
Prices start from $63 for a one-day All-Inclusive Pass or $78 for a three-choice Explorer Pass. Build Your Own Passes vary in price depending on the attractions you choose. The easiest way to get your Go Boston Pass is to purchase it online ahead of your trip. However, if you’re already in Boston and you’re having trouble connecting, you can also purchase All-Inclusive and Explorer Passes from a range of physical locations including the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, the Visitor Information Center at Copley Place Mall and Harborside Gifts at Boston Harborside Cruises.
All passes are protected by a Risk-Free Guarantee, which gives you 30 days to return unactivated passes in exchange for a full refund.