Whale Watching Discounts in Boston & Massachusetts!

Whale Watching Boston Deals

Have you been on a Whale Watch in Boston, Cape Cod, or beyond before?

If you are looking for whale watching in Boston or Massachusetts, here’s a few coupons and daily deals to help you save some money!

Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch in Gloucester, MA: $28 for one adult ticket to a whale watching tour (via Amazon Local)

Plymouth Whale Watch in Plymouth, MA: $50 for a whale watching excursion for two for a 11am tour for select May, June, September and October dates. If you sign up through my referral link here, you will score $10 off your first purchase (via Zozi)

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise in Hyannis, MA: $49 for two whale watch tickets (make sure to check the calendar and blackout dates for availability) (via LivingSocial)

Also, Groupon has many different Whale Watching daily deals available; just make sure you read the individual terms on each one carefully.

If you want to receive a discount for Whale Watching but don’t want to use a daily deal, you can receive a free child admission when you buy two regular amount admission with your plastic Charlie Card.

Also, if you are visiting Boston and are considering the Go Boston Card, the New England Aquarium Whale Watch is a choice for the 3, 5, and 7 day cards.

Keep in mind that some of the daily deals may have certain restrictions, so read each deal carefully to make sure it is a good fit. Also, there is a chance you won’t see whales when you go out, so keep that in mind as well.

Have you gone on a whale watch before? Did I miss any great whale watching deals in the area?

*This post does contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy here.

Free Boston Parking: Holiday Meter Schedule

Boston Meter Parking Holidays

As you may know, Meter Parking in Boston is free on Sundays and Holidays. However, sometimes it is hard to remember what holidays count to get free parking in Boston at meters. Here’s a list of the 11 holidays you shouldn’t pay the meter for in Boston:

New Years’ Day Wednesday, January 1, 2014
M.L. King Jr.’s Birthday Monday, January 20, 2014
President’s Day Monday, February 17, 2014
Patriot’s Day Monday, April 21, 2014
Memorial Day Monday, May 26, 2014
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014
Columbus Day Monday, October 13, 2014
Veteran’s Day Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27, 2014
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25, 2014


If there are other dates for free parking, I will write a separate blog post and/or tweet about it, like I did for Evacuation Day in March. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter or subscribe to an evening newsletter to not miss a blog post (or free parking!) update.

For more information about the City of Boston Parking Meters, please head here.

Budget-Friendly April Vacation Ideas in Boston & Beyond

Boston Childrens Museum BOB

If you’ve been reading Boston on Budget for awhile, you may know that I don’t have kids (unless you count my adorable pup). However, I have rounded up a lot of fun ideas for parents, children, and teachers during April Vacation week! I hope you get a few good ideas if you are looking for something inexpensive to do next week!

If I missed any fun events or activities during April Vacation week, please let me know in the comments!

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.



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?