Free Admission to Select Art Museums in Boston and More

MFA Boston Strong 2

Today, April 15, 2014 the Istitute of Contemporary Art will be opening the doors for free to reflect, inspire and heal on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The ICA is located at 100 Northern Ave and there website can be found here.

In addition to free admission at the ICA, the MFA will also be providing free admission on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 4:45pm. To Boston With Love Community Day is free and for the people of Boston and beyond.

If you are looking for another day to enjoy an art museum in Boston for free or at a discounted rate, you can find all discounts and free museum days here.

Also, according to Boston Magazine, the Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution Museum, Gore Place and Historic Newton will also offer free admission Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

The Boston Public Library (Central) is hosting free concerts in the courtyard every day this week (except April 15th) until Saturday at 12:30pm.

#BostonBetter

 

How to Save at Fenway Park: Food Deals Near Fenway

Cheap Eats Before Red Sox Game

In honor of the Red Sox back for the season, my April Feature Friday posts will be Red Sox themed! If you missed my post last week on How to Buy Cheap Red Sox Tickets, make sure to check it out!

Are you looking for restaurants near Fenway Park? How about places to eat before a Boston Red Sox game without going over budget?

Obviously eating at home or eating a homemade sandwich on the go is the cheapest option, but sometimes it’s a lot less fun. I’ve rounded up a few specials and food and drink deals near Fenway Park!

Please keep in mind that many of these Restaurants get packed before Red Sox games, so make sure to arrive plenty of time before a game to get a seat and to take advantage of these deals!

(As an example, I went to the Yard House on a Monday night and I got one the last good table at the bar at 5:15 p.m. & there was a wait for a regular seating).

Some of these deals are unadvertised during Red Sox games, but you should find that they do work– just make sure to ask first if you are not sure. If you do have a problem at a particular place on the list, please let me know in the comments below.

Yard House Happy Hour Chicken Fingers and Fries

Yard House: 126 Brookline Avenue; Select half-off appetizers and pizza from 3-6pm and 10pm-close (*Pictured above: Chicken Fingers and Fries on the Appetizer Menu for $5!)

Bar Louie: 121 Brookline Ave; Sign up for Louie’s Crew to get a free appetizer! Half Price off select apps and flatbreads from 4-7pm Monday-Friday

McDonalds: Okay, this isn’t very glamorous, but it’s cheap. Even better, download the McD App to get discounts and even free offers (like a free burger!)

Crazy Dough’s: 1124 Boylston St; $5 PBR Pitchers with pizza purchase. (Read my experience here if you want)

Little Steves Pizzeria Red Sox Beer Deal

Little Steve’s Pizzeria: 1114 Boylston St; $5 Pitchers of Cold Beer

Cactus Club: 939 Boylston St; Half Off Appetizers Monday-Thursday from 4-7pm and 2 tacos for $5 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. every night

McGreevy’s Boston: 911 Boylston St; Half-priced Appetizers Monday-Friday from 4-7pm + $1 cheeseburgers on Tuesdays and $1 make your own pizzas on Thursdays from 4-11pm

Whiskey’s: 885 Boylston St; $3 Bar Bites Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm at the bar only, .25 wings Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm (and Friday and Saturday 11:30-4pm) at the bar only and even more deals on their website here.

5 Napkin Burger Happy Hour Sign

5 Napkin Burger: 105 Huntington Ave; Slider Happy Hour with $2 sliders, $2 pork taquitos, $2 for 4 wings, and more from 4-7pm and 9pm-close at the bar only

Haru: 55 Huntington Ave;  Happy Hour Menu from 3-7pm & 10-close daily (plus $20 certificate near/on your birthday for e-mail subscribers)

Some of the places mentioned are a little bit of a walk, but you may find cheaper prices (and less crowds) away from Fenway Park.

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any great food and/or drink deals before (or after) a Red Sox game!

What is your favorite place to eat at before Fenway?


Entertainment Books for $15 (Plus Free Shipping)


Are you familiar with Entertainment Book? If you are not, Entertainment Book is filled with coupons for local restaurants, attractions, retail stores, and much, much more. There are many different Entertainment books for different cities, but there is a Greater Boston Entertainment Book!

These books retail for $35, but do go sale (like now). Right now you can buy an entertainment book for $15 with free shipping through April 14, 2014. You can also add a second book for $10 which would make each book $12.50 each.  You could give the second book as a gift, or get another book for either the same town or maybe a future vacation spot.

The majority of coupons in these books expire at the end of November, so you do have time to use them! I typically receive this book as a Christmas gift and keep it in my car so I don’t forget to check the book before I go into a restaurant, retail store, etc. throughout the year.

There’s a nice glossary in the back which lists participating businesses by alphabetical order and by town, which is nice when you are on the go!

For more information or to purchase an Entertainment Book, please head here.

Do you use an Entertainment Book to save money? Have you bought one for a vacation destination instead of your local town?

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How to Save at Fenway Park: Find Cheap Red Sox Tickets

Cheap Boston Red Sox Tickets 2014

In honor of the Red Sox back for the season, my April Feature Friday posts will be Red Sox themed!

How do you save on Boston Red Sox Tickets? In honor of the Home Opener Game today at Fenway Park, I’ve compiled a complete guide of ways to save on sox tickets!

The Basics of Red Sox Tickets

This is the first year the Boston Red Sox are doing ticketing on a tier-system. Basically, low demand games (like a weeknight April game) will be lower than high demand games (like a weekend Yankees game). There are five tiers– tier one is the most expensive tier, tier four is the second least expensive tier and Sox Saver games are the least expensive ticket option for Fenway. You can check out all Red Sox tier pricing here.

Also, each section will also have different prices based on how great the seats are. Upper Bleacher is the cheapest option*, which starts at $10 and Field Box is the most expensive (not including premium tickets) option with tickets up to $165 for tier one seats.

Seating at Fenway Park will vary based on preference and budget. Keep in mind that Fenway Park is an older stadium so there are seats that have obstructed views and not directly facing the field; however, when you purchase tickets on RedSox.com there should be a little red asterisk warning you of the obstructed view.

If you would like to have an idea of your view from different areas of Fenway Park, you can place your seats in the Red Sox seating chart or you can check out the map from Ace Tickets, which is a nice seating map alternative.

Bleacher, Standing Room only, and Grandstand seats will be your cheapest seats.

As someone who frequents Fenway on a Budget, I have no problem sitting or recommending Upper Bleacher seats for $10! It’s a fun atmosphere and you can still see what is happening during the game without binoculars! Bleacher seats are definitely more fun in the summer though, since it is much warmer– just remember to bring your sunglasses for day games!

Offers Directly From the Red Sox

As mentioned above, Red Sox tickets are on a tier system so prices will vary depending on date, opponent, weather, etc. If you are local and have a lot of date flexibility, you can usually find a great deal on sox tickets at some point during the season. However, if you are visiting Boston this summer and only have one or two dates available, it may be more expensive, especially if you only have weekend availability.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal on Red Sox tickets. The first place to look is the Red Sox’s website for tickets. Tickets will be at face value, but you will need to pay a ticket processing fee. (Note: Last year the Red Sox waived ticket fees twice: once in the winter and then again in the late summer. They waived ticket tees again this winter, and I will write a blog post if I see no fees on Red Sox tickets again in the future!)

In years past, it was nearly impossible to find tickets during the season but there are still game tickets available. Check the Red Sox website first for tickets. Popular games and/or summer games may be harder to come by, so make sure to check availability soon.

Also, if you are a high school or college student, you can receive *$9 standing room tickets with your student ID with a limit of 10 games this season.

College students can also attend College Nights for $20 seats and there are six college nights in April and May this year.

In addition to tier pricing for regular seats, the Red Sox are also introducing dynamic pricing for Monster Seats. Prices will be set by the market in real time (like airline tickets). It will be interesting to see how expensive Monster Seats will be for rainy or low demand games! Monster seats are in no way cheap seats, but you may get a good deal this year.

Cheap Red Sox Tickets Through Third-Party Sellers

Sometimes buying Red Sox tickets directly through the Red Sox may not be the best option. If tickets are sold out or you are looking for more options, check out third-party sellers. Also, tickets can sometimes be below face value, especially for low demand games. Keep an eye out on third-party websites for upcoming poor weather games or last minute seats, since you may be able to score a real steal on tickets.

As mentioned, weather can pay a real factor in pricing. If the forecast isn’t ideal for baseball watching weather, you may find a huge price drop the day before or the day of the game. However, at the same time, you may notice prices go the other way too if the weather is more than cooperating!

I like using reputable sources like Ace Tickets or Stub Hub. There are a lot of options on both sites so you can filter out tickets based on preferences and prices. If you are looking for last minute seats or will be traveling, make sure the tickets are available for delivery right to your e-mail!

Ace Tickets and Stub Hub are sites that I recommend and typically are competitively priced; however, there are other ticket options as well. Ace Tickets is a Boston-based company and tickets can be purchased online or at a local office. Keep and eye on seats if you are not ready to buy as prices can change often for better or worse!

Craigslist is another popular option for sox tickets, especially for cheap and/or last minute tickets. I’ve had friends that have been able to score below face value tickets from Season Ticket holders and others at the last minute. However, you are more likely to be scammed through Craigslist than other sources, so just be careful if you do go that route.

Day of Ticket Options & More

Tickets can be bought the day of the game, but only a limited amount of tickets are for sale beginning 90 minutes before game time at Gate E ticket window. You can wait in line up to 5 hours in advance for tickets, but you do need to proceed into the stadium once you receive your ticket. This is not a guarantee way to buy tickets, and you do not know what seats are still available, if any. For more information for game day tickets through the Red Sox, please head here.

Also, ticket scalping is illegal in Massachusetts. However, there is a scalp-free zone at Gate C 90 minutes before game time and Red Sox personnel are on hand to monitor ticket sales between fans, if you’d rather go that route for tickets.

If a Red Sox game is too expensive or are not playing when you’d like to see the ballpark, you can always take a Fenway Park tour or grab a beer a Bleacher Bar (link has sound) as an alternative.

As you can see, there are many different ways to save money on Red Sox Tickets this year. If you are visiting Boston and have a tight schedule, I would highly recommend getting your tickets in advance whether it’s directly through the Red Sox website or somewhere else. However, if you live or work near Fenway Park, you may want to try some different techniques. The best way really depends on you and how much flexibility (and budget) you have.

Now your turn– what is your favorite way to save on Red Sox tickets? Do you have any tips to share for any first time visitors, fans, and myself? What did I miss?

GO SOX!

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CoCo Key Water Resort Discounts!

CoCo Key Danvers

Have you been to CoCo Key Indoor Water Park in Danvers?

Well if you can’t wait to hit the water by the pool or beach, head up to CoCo Key for some indoor water fun! Luckily there’s a few deals available on Amazon Local! Here’s the two options:

  • $19 ($40 value) for a $5 Arcade Card plus Twilight Pass (good from 4 p.m to closing)
  • $29 ($50 value) for a $5 Arcade Card plus Full-Day Pass (good 10 a.m. to closing)

Offers are good Thursday, Friday, or Sunday but is not valid April 18 to 27, which would be during April Vacation week. The promotional value of this daily deal expires October 10, 2014.

For more information or to purchase this daily deal, head to Amazon Local here. *Please make sure you read the terms before buying this or any daily deal to make sure it is the right fit for you.

If you are looking for even more CoCo Key deals, AAA members can get a pass free, when you buy two! You can find more information here!

I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use some lazy river action right about now…

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