Boston attraction savings comparison of CityPASS Explorer Pass GO card

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If you are planning a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, then I’m sure there are a lot of attractions you would like to visit, but you also would like to save money in the process.  Luckily, you can see multiple attractions without having to break the bank by buying a Boston pass which gets you admission into multiple Boston area attractions at a significant discount.  The only thing about this is, how do you decide which one to buy?

Today I’m going to discuss 3 great Boston passes: Boston CityPASS, Boston GO Card and Boston Explorer Pass.  In the following chart, I will show you which attractions are included in which pass.  This is a great way to help determine which one you want to buy if there are particular attractions that you know are a must visit for you.  For example, if the Franklin Park Zoo is the attraction you most want to visit you can see it is only covered by the Boston GO Card; if you really want to go on a Boston sunset cruise, this is only covered by the Explorer Pass, etc.  Then I will discuss how each card works (how many attractions you can visit, how long the pass is valid) as well as pricing information for each Boston attractions pass.  Hopefully you can use this information to help yourself plan an amazing Boston vacation.

Go CardCityPASSExplorer Pass
Price infoPrice infoPrice Info
Boston Children’s MuseumXX
Boston Bike RentalX
Boston Duck TourXX
Boston Harbor CruisesX
Boston Sunset Cruise (seasonal)X
Buckman TavernX
Cape Cod Canal CruisesX
Charles Riverboat CruiseX
CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Sightseeing TourXX
Concord MuseumX
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US SenateXX
Fenway Park TourXX
Franklin Park ZooX
Freedom Trail Walking TourXX
Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryXXX
Harvard Walking TourX
House of Seven GablesX
Hyannisport Harbor CruiseX
Institute of Contemporary ArtX
Isabella Gardner MuseumXX
JFK Presidential Library and MuseumXX
John F. Kennedy Hyannis MuseumX
LEGOLAND Discovery CenterXX
Liberty Ride Bus TourX
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard HouseX
Mary Baker Eddy Library / MappariumX
MIT MuseumX
Museum of Fine ArtsXX
Museum of ScienceXXX
New England AquariumXXX
New England Aquarium Whale WatchX
Old South Meeting HouseX
Old Sturbridge VillageX
Otis House MuseumX
Paul Revere HouseX
Peabody Essex MuseumXX
Peabody Museum of Archeology and EthnologyXX
Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower IIX
Red Sox Game Ticket (subject to availability)X
Salem Witch MuseumXX
Samuel Adams Brewery TourX
Six Flags New England & Hurricane HarborX
Skywalk ObservatoryXXX
Swan Boats of Boston (seasonal)X
USS Constitution CruiseX


Boston Go Card:

Please note that the Boston Duck Tours, New England Aquarium Whale Watch & Red Sox game tickets are only available with the 3, 5, or 7 day card.

You can get unlimited visits to each attraction during how many days you buy a ticket for (so if you buy a 3-day card, you get unlimited visits for 3 days).

1-Day Card: $56 for adults, $39 for children

2-Day Card: $77 for adults, $59 for children

3-Day Card: $113 for adults, $79 for children

5-Day Card: $142 for adults, $109 for children

7-Day Card: $170 for adults, $129 for children

Boston CityPASS:

Unlimited visits to all attractions during a 9-day period, except that you can’t visit Harvard Museum of Natural History and take a Boston Harbor Cruise; you have to choose between them.

Adult: $59

Child: $47

Boston Explorer Pass:

With the Boston Explorer Pass, you have to choose between the activities.  It’s valid for 30 days starting with the first attraction you visit.

Boston Explorer 3 Choice: $72 for adults, $49 for children

Boston Explorer 4 Choice: $92 for adults, $59 for children

Boston Explorer 5 Choice: $109 for adults, $69 for children