Boston Discount Attractions

Discount Attractions in Boston

Updated March, 2014

There are so many fun things to do in Boston for cheap or free! There are also so many great deals and discounts at many attractions in and around Boston, Massachusetts! There are so many great Boston deals and discounts for museums in Boston, Boston tours, shows, cruises, and much more!

If you are visiting Boston for the first time, and are planning to do a lot of Boston Tourist Attractions in a limited amount of time, you may want to consider a Go Boston Card or Boston CityPass. Both offer many attractions at a discounted, set rate. Both discount passes are included in my list below so it can give you a better idea which one is better for you and your family, if any.

I do have a post, Is the Go Boston Card worth it? I would recommending reading that post whether or not you are considering the Go Card for your next trip. There are prices of every Boston Attraction on the card (over 50!) as well as major discounts for each. It may be easier to read than this list!

While this list is updated often, local deals and offers can change anytime. Please contact the attraction itself to confirm the offer and the terms. Also, if you find a Boston discount not listed on this page, please leave the deal in the comment section!

Don’t forget to check out the Boston Visitor Guide for even more discount attractions, ways to save, tips, promo codes and more! You also don’t need to be a visitor to enjoy the post :)

Museum of Fine Arts:

  • Free on Wednesdays after 4pm (suggested donation of $25)
  • Free Days: January 20, 2014, February 8, 2014, May 26, 2014, October 13, 2014
  • Youth 17 and under can receive free admission after 3pm weekdays, weekends, and public school holidays (otherwise $10 admission)
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free admission for the first weekend of each month with bank card, part of the Museums on Us program. (One entry per cardholder—not family).
  • Discounted pass for $10 per person, up to 2 people, reserved in advance through the Boston Public Library program
  • EBT: Massachusetts residents who present EBT cards at ticket desk will receive up to 4 tickets for $3
  • MTA: Mass Teachers can receive a $2 admission discount with MTA card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

Museum of Science:

  • Free pass up to four people with advanced reservation through the Boston Public Library (or possibly free or discounted at your local library)
  • Free admission to the exhibits with MOS membership
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

New England Aquarium:

  • Members: Free admission with an aquarium membership
  • Teachers: All Massachusetts Teachers (K-12) receive free admission and a 10% discount to the gift shop with valid ID
  • College students: $22.95 discount admission with valid college ID and only $7.95 for an IMAX movie or combo ticket for $27.95
  • Visitors with visual impairments and in wheelchairs are welcome free of charge
  • Free pass from September to June (up to 4 people) through the Boston Public Library with advanced reservation with BPL card or through your local library program
  • Active Military: Active military and dependent will receive 50% off admission and IMAX with proper identification
  • $2 off paid adult admission only with Charlie Card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

Institute of Contemporary Art:

  • Free Admission on Thursday nights from 5-9pm
  • Free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) the last Saturday of each month (except December)
  • Free Admission for Children 17 and younger
  • Discounted passes at $5 per person (up to 2 adults) through the Boston Public Library available at Jamaica Plain and Central Library
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • $1 off regular admission at the ICA with Charlie Card

Boston Children’s Museum:

  • Target  Friday nights from 5-9pm with $1 admission per person
  • Receive Half Price admission when you visit during the last hour at 4pm available Saturday-Thursday
  • Mass EBT cardholders: $2 discounted rate on cash admission, up to 4 people with valid EBT card and photo ID
  • New England Teachers: Receive free admission for active NE teachers grades K-8 with valid work ID, union card or paycheck and photo ID.
  • Military Discount: Active Military Personnel or dependent will receive complimentary admission with valid ID
  • Library patrons receive half price admission for up to 4 people with a non-expired library coupon. A date specific, library discount coupon must be presented at Admissions. Library discount coupons are available at most public libraries.
  • WGBH members: Receive a $1 off admission for up to 4 people with current membership card and photo ID
  • Red Sox Kid Nation: Kids that are members of Red Sox Nation can receive $2 off admission with membership card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum:

  • Free admission on your birthday and/or third Thursday evening events. If your birthday falls on a Tuesday when it’s closed, you can visit on Monday or Wednesday for free.
  • Visitors under 18 are free
  • Receive $2 off admission when you visit the MFA within two days apart or show your MFA membership to receive the discount
  • If your name is Isabella, you can get in free… for life.
  • EBT: Show your EBT card & photo ID and get $2 admission for up 4 adults.
  • Red Sox Fans: Wear your gear and receive $2 off your admission… Go Sox!
  • Free admission for college students at participating universities (or $5 admission with current ID)
  • Free admission for military families year round with proper ID
  • Discounted pass at $5 per person (up to 4 people on weekdays & 2 people on weekends/holidays) with Boston Public Library card, available at Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Central Library
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

JFK Library and Museum:

  • Discounted pass at $3 per person (up to 2 adults) available at Central Library and Jamaica Plain through the Boston Public Library program
  • AAA Members: Save $2 with your AAA membership card
  • Discount for college students (with valid College ID)
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Old State House:

  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Free for Bostonian Society Members
  • Children 18 and under are free
  • US  Military and Veterans are free with valid ID
  • Visitors with disabilities are admitted free
  • Free admission when you ride with Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston (until March 2014)

Commonwealth Museum:

  • Always free, with free parking

USS Constitution Museum:

  • Suggested donation of $5 per adult, $3 for senior  citizens, and $2 for children, but any amount is greatly appreciated
  • Note: The USS Constitution Museum and the Boat are different. For boat information and tours, please click here. Tours of the boat are free. You will go through security to get on the boat, so bring ID with you.
  • USS Constitution Cruise: Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum:

Old South Meeting House:

Museum of African American History:

Otis House:

  • Free for Historic New England Members
  • Free for Boston residents
  • Discount for students

Larz Anderson Auto Museum:

  • Free pass (admits one family) available through the Boston Public Library program at the Jamaica Plain location
  • Free admission for members
  • AAA Members: 50% off admission for up to 2 people
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with Charlie Card

Harvard Museum of Natural History:

  • Current Harvard ID holders and one guest are admitted free
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Coupon for $4 per person (up to four people) with no reservation needed through the Boston Public Library with your BPL library card, call for availability beforehand
  • Admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology includes admission to the adjacent Harvard Museum of Natural History during regular hours.
  • ASTC passport Members: Free admission, some limitations may apply
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Option with Boston CityPass

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology:

  • Current Harvard Students with ID and one guest are admitted free
  • Harvard ID holders are admitted free
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Wednesday from 3-5pm from September to May each year, excluding commercial groups, with proof of residency
  • Admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology includes admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History during regular hours
  • Members of the Peabody Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Semitic Museum, or Harvard Museum of Natural History receive free admission
  • AAA Members: Save $1 on admission, up to 5 people in party
  • $1 off adult admission with Charlie Card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

MIT Museum:

  • Admission is free the last Sunday of each month through June 2014
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free for the first weekend of each month with bank card, part of the Museums on Us program. (One per person—not family).
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Zoos

Zoo New England:

  • Kids Price Saturday: The first Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm pay kids price ($11 at Franklin Park Zoo & $10 at Stone Zoo)
  • Discounted passes at $6 per adult and $4 per child and 10% discount at concessions and gift store (up to 6 people) available at select Boston Library locations *discount may be slightly different depending on the age of the pass, consult with your local library and the pass itself
  • Save $2 off adult admission with you Charlie Card (Franklin Park Zoo)
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card (Franklin Park Zoo)

Shows and Theatre Tickets

Blue Man Group Boston:

  • AAA Members: Use your AAA card to save $10 off tickets
  • $30 discounted tickets for college students through Student Rush
  • $30 discounted tickets for the armed forces with valid ID
  • Discount tickets via Goldstar Boston

Huntington Theatre:

  • AAA Members: Use your AAA card to save $5 on select performances
  • Save $10 off tickets with BU affiliation (student, alumni, staff, etc.)
  • Military: $15 tickets are available for active military personnel and veterans with promo code MILITARY at checkout. Valid ID required.
  • Save $5 on online ticket purchases with promo code MBTA (when available)
  • 35 and under: Tickets are $25 for those 35 and under in age
  • Students: Students (25 and under) can purchase tickets for $15 for student matinee
  • Seniors can receive $5 off tickets
  • Save $5 off tickets online with promo code MBTA (when available)

Tours

Fenway Park Tour:

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on tours with your AAA card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Urban AdvenTours:

  • AAA Members: Save 15% on bicycle tours and rentals with AAA membership
  • Select Rentals Included with the Go Boston Card

Boston Duck Tours

Other Fun Things to Do & Discounts

Frost Ice Bar

  • Discount tickets from free to $12 (+ service fee) through Goldstar Boston
  • $2 discounted admission for military, students, and seniors

Boston Harbor Islands:

  • 2-for-1 ferry passes available seasonally during warm-weather months (up to four people) at the North End and East Boston library through your BPL card
  • Present a previous harbor cruise, sunset cruise, T Harbor Express, whale watch, or harbor islands shuttle ticket and receive $4 off your new ticket (not applicable for T Harbor Express) unconfirmed

Boston Harbor Cruises:

  • Buy two adult tickets and get one free child ticket aboard the high-speed catamaran, whale watch, or Codzilla Thrill Boat Ride with your Charlie Card

Skywalk Observatory:

  • $2 off admission for PRUferred card members
  • $13 for Senior Citizens and college students with ID
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass Program
  • Tip: To get a similar view, grab a drink at the bar at Top of the Hub (one floor up). No cover charge, just pay cost of drink at bar (after 8pm there is a $24 minimum per person in the lounge).

Odyssey Cruises:

  • Participates in Restaurant.com program (get $25 certificates for $10 or less)
  • Use promo code VIP343 on select cruises to save 15% or try promo code SAVE20 at checkout (may not work, but worth a try right?)
  • Discount tickets via Goldstar Boston

Spirit Cruises:

Gilliland Observatory:

  • Fridays from 8:30pm-10:00pm are free, weather permitting from March through Mid-November (call 617-589-0267 after 5:30pm on Fridays to ensure it’s happening)

Coit Observatory:

  • Free Star Gazing on most Wednesday evenings (weather permitting)

New England Revolution

  • AAA Members: Special discount in preferred seating at select home games ($32)

Attractions in the Suburbs of Boston

F1 Boston (Braintree):

  • Race free on your birthday

Plimouth Plantation (Plymouth, MA):

  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • (Check with your local library for discount passes)

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation (Waltham):

  • AAA Members: Save $2 off adult admission & $1 off senior citizen admission at the door
  • Free for active military personnel and veterans

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA):

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on General Admission
  • Salem, MA residents are admitted free (does not include groups)
  • Youth 16 and under are free
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Salem Witch Museum (Salem, MA):

  • Check your local MA library for free or discount passes
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

The Hall at Patriot Place (Foxborough):

  • AAA Members: Save 10% on adult tickets for up to six people
  • Save 10% on adult tickets for up to six people for Charlie Card Holders

Battleship Cove (Fall River):

  • AAA members: Save $2 on admission, up to four people in a party
  • Military personnel in uniform (and other select military personnel here) receive free admission
  • Mass Teachers Association Members receive free admission
  • Discount educational and group rates with advanced reservation

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA):

  • Free the first Wednesday of every month for visitors (no large groups)
  • Free admission to cyclists who pedal to DeCordova
  • Free admission for members and children 12 and under
  • Free admission for Lincoln residents
  • Free admission for military personnel and families
  • $2 discount off an adult admission with MTA membership card
  • $2 discount with a Zipcar membership card
  • Free admission and 10% off at store the last Thursday of every month for WGBH and WBUR Membership cardholders

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA):

  • Free admission on  the first Saturday mornings of each month (10am-12pm)
  • Free for youth 17 and under
  • $2 cash admission for EBT cardholders
  • 2-for-1 admission if you have a Woo Card
  • $2 discount for seniors and college students

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)

  • Kids free on weekends until March 30, 2014
  • Free second admission with 10 days from full-price admission ticket
  • All active and career retired military receive free regular daytime admission
  • Complete online survey on website for a discount admission coupon
  • WOO Card holders receive $5 off adult daytime admission, College WOO Card holders receive $12 off adult daytime admission
  • WGBH Members receive $3 off adult daytime admission

Roger Williams Park Zoo (Rhode Island):

  • AAA Members: Save $5 on the family
  • Providence Residents: First Saturday of each month receive free admission with proof of residency
  • Admission is free on New Year’s Day each year (subject to change)

Also, don’t forget to check out daily deal sites like LivingSocial or Groupon for discount attraction tickets. If it’s something really good, I’ll make sure to share it on the main page of Boston on Budget.

What is your favorite discount or deal on the list? Anything we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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