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I recently spent some time in Boston and I knew before I left for my trip, that I was going to want to visit many of the popular attractions while I was there. As I was doing some research about the prices for each place that I wanted to go, I realized that it was going to be quite the expensive adventure if I didn’t find a great deal beforehand.
Well, it was right after that, that I stumbled upon the Boston Go Card! This little card is absolutely amazing, and it saved me quite a bit of money! There are a few different options available, but the all-inclusive one offers the best deal, especially if you want to see lots of attractions.
There are forty-two attractions on the all-inclusive Boston Go Card list and I purchased the three-day pass for $119. The pass was valid for the day that I first used it plus the following two days, and while I could have printed the pass out, I chose to have it handy within the free Go City Card app on my phone. This way I wouldn’t lose it with all the fun I was planning on having.
Here are the exciting places that I went to with the help of this fabulous little card:
Hop On Hop Off Bus
My Go Boston Card included a ticket for the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus and it was valid for two days. This was a lifesaver, as I could get off whenever I wanted to stop at an attraction and get back on right afterward. I couldn’t tell you how many steps this saved me!! Hey, Boston is a huge city!
Freedom Trail Walking Tour
As I just said, Boston is huge, and that was evident as I took the Freedom Trail Walking Tour. However, I quickly found out that this tour didn’t cover the entire two-and-a-half-mile trail. We only did a mile of it as we saw eleven of the sixteen sites. It gave me an idea of what to expect on the rest of the trail though, and don’t worry, I did do the entire length before leaving the city!
USS Constitution Cruise
This cruise takes forty-five minutes to complete and it took me right up to the USS Constitution, which is also known as Old Ironsides. I was able to tour the ship and the Naval Museum before climbing back onto the other boat for my ride back. During my trip, I also saw the Bunker Hill Monument and the Boston Tea Party Boat.
Salem Witch Museum
This museum took me back to 1692 when the witch trials were held in Salem. The museum is full of exhibits that include information about what a witch was, pagan midwifes, and the entire history of the infamous witch hunt.
Old State House
The Old State House has many historic rooms that are filled with artifacts and art, and I even had the opportunity to sit in the Royal Governor’s chair within the King’s Council Chamber! Some of my favorite items within this attraction include the red velvet coat that was worn by John Hancock and tea from the Boston Tea Party. As you enter the Old State House you are given a name of a historical figure and play a sort of game with the others in your tour. My very excited boy here was given John Hancock. Here he stands next to his real-life characters, real-life coat he wore. 🙂
The New England Aquarium
The aquarium has three floors and in the very middle of it is a massive aquarium that extends from the bottom floor to the top. While looking at the aquarium on each floor was fun, it was really interesting when I reached the top and could look down into it. I saw humongous turtles swimming around all the fish. Of course, my fun started long before I entered the aquarium, as I spotted seals swimming around out in front. Behind the aquarium, I was able to watch sea lions perform and I even got a glimpse of the newest baby sea lion, whose name is Ron.
Paul Revere House
Paul Revere left this very home on April 18, 1775, to ride through the night to share the news that the British were coming. During my visit, I learned that Revere had sold the home in 1800 and it was renovated as it became a candy store, then a cigar factory, bank, and eventually a fruit and vegetable business. Thankfully, his great-grandson bought the property in 1902 and the building was eventually restored back to the family home. The house is small, but the history that I saw and heard about inside was amazing.
I found so much to see and do within the MIT Museum and I could have easily spent an entire day there. I wandered around as I looked at high-tech artifacts, kinetic sculptures, underwater robotics, holograms, and more. There was so much to learn, and I felt that my brain was full of useful and mind-boggling information by the time I left.
Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium
My favorite part of this space was the three-story stained glass Mapparium globe, which contains a 3D global map of the world. This space is full of special effects as I stood there as lights illuminated, music played, and stories were told. The library was a little more low-key with artifacts, letters, and other documents.
American history comes to life inside the Concord Museum and I was amazed as I walked past American Revolution artifacts that included one of the lanterns that hung outside the Old North Church during Paul Revere’s infamous ride. I spent quite a bit of time viewing the furniture, art, clocks, textiles, and more from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, but I was very impressed when I found the collection that focused on Henry D. Thoreau.
Louisa May Alcott House
I remember reading Little Women as I was growing up, so I was super excited to walk through and see the Louisa May Alcott House. This house was built in 1690 and it has been preserved to look exactly like it did when the Alcotts lived there. I could almost hear the characters of Little Women come to life as I saw where the family put on their little shows.
The inside of the Buckman Tavern looks exactly as it did when the Lexington militiamen were there waiting for the British troops to arrive. I noticed the bullet hole that was made by a British musket in the front door as soon as I arrived, and I quickly learned that John Buckman was the owner of this tavern on that fateful day. His picture hangs on a wall inside the tavern today.
House of Seven Gables
This wooden mansion was constructed back in 1668, and while the inside is beautiful, my favorite part was climbing up the secret staircase. A tour of the Nathaniel Hawthorne House was also included, and this is the home where the famous author was born. I couldn’t leave without taking a stroll along the gardens, where I was able to look out towards the Salem Harbor.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Boston, but I know that if I hadn’t found the Boston Go Card, I wouldn’t have been able to experience all that I did. If I were to see all these attractions without the Boston Go Card, I would’ve spent at least double what I ended up paying!
If you are planning a trip to Boston anytime soon, please get the Go Boston Card. You won’t be disappointed, and you will have the trip of a lifetime!
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Karie Babbitt is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer. Mother of three boys and one girl. She has raised a family of six on a single income for over twenty-five years. She will share how she budgets so she can travel to show her kids all fifty states before they leave her home. Her parenting fails and successes, budgeting tips, food and living life in bliss.