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Boston Tourist Passes | Which One is the Best to Buy?

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This post provides a comparison of the various Boston attraction discount passes.  Boston is a bustling city with many wonderful museums and historic sites to visit. However, the cost of attending many of those attractions can really add up. To help mitigate the costs, a number of companies have created Boston tourist passes which offer entrance to popular attractions at a discounted price.

Before You Buy
Prepackaged Passes
All-Inclusive Go Boston Card
Explorer Pass 3 or 5 Attractions
Build Your Own Pass (à la carte)
Bus/Trolley Packages
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Where to Watch the Boston Marathon (and Other Visitor Tips)

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where to watch Boston MarathonApril is a great time to visit Boston to watch the Boston Marathon (or run it, if you’re so included) and enjoy the other Patriot’s Day events in Boston. Patriot’s Day is an official holiday in Massachusetts (and Maine) and that weekend is full of celebrations and events. It recognizes the first battle of the American Revolution in Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, the morning after Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.

where to watch Boston Marathon

This year, the Boston Marathon is April 16, 2018.  The race actually starts in Hopkinton, Mass so its only the last leg that is in Boston.

Where is the best place to watch the Boston Marathon?

There are a lot of great places to watch along the more then 25 miles of the race. If you have the means to get out of the city, Heartbreak Hill between Miles 20 and 21 in Newton is the notoriously difficult part of the race or you can head to Wellesley to join in with the students at the Scream Tunnel.

By the time the runners get to Boston they are on the last part of the course, meaning you can get some actitivites in in the morning, like our Freedom Trail Walking Tour, before you need to head down to grab a spot – unless you want to see the winners. They are fast.

If you want to stay in Boston, two of the favorite spots are:

  • Kenmore Square
  • Boylston Street

Kenmore Square:If you can find a spot … this is one of the most energetic places to watch. The Red Sox game will be letting out as some of the later  runners come by so it turns into a big party. You’ll see runners come by from 10am-5pm so if you want to avoid the doubleheader of crowds, get there after the Red Sox game has started (11:05am) and leave before it ends!

Boylston Street

Just across from the Boston Public Library is the Boston Marathon finish line. You can see it year round painted on the Boylston Street. You’ll find this is the most crowded place to watch so only go if you don’t mind crowds. Take note that the Copley Green Station is closed on Race Day, so you’ll need to arrive another way. The Hynes Convention Center Stop on the B, C, D lines will be the closest stop and just follow the crowds. You should start to see the first runners around 10am and then it’s all day long from there.

If you want to see the racers cross in a more relaxed manner (for you, at least) grab a drink at Solas, an Irish pub near by with a second floor. You won’t be the only one with this idea so get there early.

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Boston Public Library Tours | Visitor’s Information

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The Boston Public Library is a gem of architectural design in Boston and the best way to visit it is with one of their Free Art and Architecture Tours.

Be sure to look into other Things To Do in Boston while you’re visiting! Our post has kid and budget friendly suggestions, as well as the top things attractions and Boston must-sees.

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Visiting Lexington & Concord from Boston

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Visiting Lexington & Concord from BostonThe first shots of the Revolutionary War (War of Independence, depending on which side you were one) were fired as the sun rose over Lexington, Massachusetts. While visiting Boston, you’ll be inundated with Revolutionary War history and sites, but why not start from the beginning?

Leaving Boston, you can follow the British foot steps, but don’t worry you don’t have to take a horse! Getting to Lexington and Concord from Boston is simple.

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Symphony Hall in Boston (and How to Tour for Free!)

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Symphony Hall BostonSymphony Hall is one of the country’s premier concert halls and it’s a beautiful Boston landmark. It is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and if your budget and time allows, we highly recommend attending a concert. Symphony Hall was built in 1900 as one of the first auditoriums to be designed with acoustics in mind and is still one of the best sounding venues in the world.

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Top 11 Things To Do in Boston (and a few extra for 2018)

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This post has information on the best things to do in Boston. Below you can find links to information on the city’s top attractions, museums, points of interest, kid-friendly activities, food, self-guided tours of various neighborhoods, and suggestions for things to do at night.  Each link leads to a much more comprehensive page on that particular topic.  Be sure to consider one of our pay-what-you-wish tours to explore these neighborhoods.  

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Best Lobster Places in Boston

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Best Lobster in BostonLooking for the best lobster, lobster roll, or seafood places in Boston? It’s actually one of the most common questions we get from guest visiting our great city is: Who has the best lobster/lobster roll? 

Whoa!  Tough question as there are many great places to get lobster and lobster roll in Boston, but few that are great.  What you want to look for is price for lobster and size (how much lobster there is) in the lobster roll.


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Tour the Massachusetts State House

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Tour the Massachusetts State HouseBoston is the “hub of the solar system” (or so said Oliver Wendell Holmes) – but what the nickname actually refers to is the Massachusetts State House.

It’s actually the New State House, but completed in 1798 it’s not all that new. On land that was once owned by John Hancock, it’s the oldest building on Beacon Hill in Boston.

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The Best Events (and Things To Do) in Boston | March 2018

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This post lists top events and things to do in Boston in March as well as things to do at night,  family friendly events and activities for the budget conscious. March in Boston is warming up, but you’ll also find you have the museums to yourself and some great winter time activities.

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