Boston Discount Attractions

Discount Attractions in Boston

Updated February, 2016

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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!

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 rate and the ability to skip the line at many attractions. I do have two posts, Is the Boston Go Card Worth It? and Is the Boston CityPASS Worth It? that break down each attraction card and can help you figure out if the discount cards may be a good fit or not.

This list below can be a little overwhelming since it includes pretty much every deal and discount for various Boston attractions, so there are some less overwhelming posts on my blog as well. You may want to check out Free Museum Days in the Greater Boston by Day of the Week and Where Children Get in Free at Greater Boston Attractions and Museums if you are looking for specific info.

While this list is updated often, local deals, discounts, 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!

Discounts for Boston Museums

Museum of Fine Arts:

  • Free on Wednesdays after 4pm (suggested donation of $25)
  • Free Days: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year Celebration on February 4, 2017, Memorial Day on May 29, 2017, Free Fun Friday on July 21, 2017 and Fall Open House on Monday, October 9, 2017. *Note: Free Days can mean long lines to the main entrance, but there’s also a rear (Fenway) entrance to the Museum ;) Also, avoid bringing a bag/backpack to avoid bag check for faster check-in.
  • Youth 17 and under can receive free admission after 3pm weekdays, weekends, and public school holidays (otherwise $10 admission)
  • Kids 6 and under are always free
  • College Students from participating universities can receive free admission with your college ID
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free admission for the first full 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 (check your local library for discount passes too!)
  • EBT: Massachusetts residents who present EBT cards at ticket desk will receive up to 4 adult tickets for $3 (cash only)
  • MTA: Mass Teachers can receive a $2 admission discount with MTA card
  • Military: Free admission for all active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day through Blue Star Musuems
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Museum of Science:

  • Free pass up to four people for exhibit halls with advanced reservation for Boston Public Library and Cambridge Public Library cardholders (also $10 tickets and other discounts passes available at many other local libraries)
  • Free admission to the exhibits with MOS membership
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass

New England Aquarium:

  • Free admission from September to June (up to 4 people) through the Boston Public Library with advanced reservation (This is probably the most popular library pass in my opinion, so reserve far in advance, especially for weekends. Many other local libraries will have $10 passes available, up to 4 people).
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Members: Free admission with an aquarium membership
  • Teachers: All New England Teachers (K-12) receive free admission and a 10% discount to the gift shop with teacher pass program
  • College students receive a $2 off admission discount and IMAX discount
  • Visitors in wheelchairs are welcome free of charge
  • Active Military: Active military personnel will receive $10 off admission and children will receive $5 off admission with proof
  • EBT cardholders can receive $2 admission for Massachusetts EBT cardholders only, up to 4 people
  • Show your valid AAA card for $2 off admission, up to 4 people
  • 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) during play dates
  • Free admission for Youth under 17
  • Free admission for EBT cardholders
  • Discounted passes at $5 per person (up to 2 adults) through the Boston Public Library and other local libraries
  • Discounted admission for $8 for MTA members and American Federation of Teachers
  • Free admission through Blue Star Families for Military members from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Buy 1 gallery admission, get 1 gallery admission free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017

Boston Children’s Museum:

  • Admission is $1 on Friday nights from 5-9pm
  • Admission is half-price ($8) when you visit during the last hour (at 4pm) from Saturday-Thursday
  • Request a museum pass from your local library and get half-price admission ($8), up to 4 guests
  • Mass EBT cardholders can receive admission for $2 per person when they pay in cash, up  to 4 people with valid EBT card and photo ID
  • New England K-8 Teachers receive free admission with valid work ID, union card or paycheck AND photo ID
  • Free admission for members (basic family membership for 4 is $160/year)
  • Active Military Personnel or dependent will receive complimentary admission with valid ID
  • WGBH members receive $1 off admission for up to 4 people with current membership card and photo ID
  • Children who are Red Sox Kid Nation members can receive $2 off admission with membership card
  • Admission Included in the Go Boston Card
  • Admission for one for $12 (25% off) with Groupon Daily Deal, expiring soon
  • Additional Reading: Ways to Save Money at the Boston Children’s Museum

Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum:

  • Discounted pass at $5 per person, up to 4 people with advanced reservation through the Boston Public Library as well as some other local libraries
  • 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.
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free admission for the first full weekend of each month with bank card, part of the Museums on Us program. (One entry per cardholder—not family).
  • 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
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2015 (unconfirmed for 2016)
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • MTA: Half off admission with your MTA 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 on adult admission with your AAA membership card
  • Discount for college students (with valid College ID)
  • Children 12 and under are free, Students (K-12) from New England schools on an educational group tour are also eligible for free admission
  • US Armed Forces Active Duty Personnel with ID are free (and discount for veterans)
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute visitors receive a $2 discount during a same day visit to the JFK Library.
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate:

  • $2 off admission for Massachusetts residents + Massachusetts residents under 18 are free
  • Discount admission at $7 for up two adults through the Boston Public Library program and other local libraries as well
  • Bank of America & Merrill Lynch Cardholders: Free admission for the first full weekend of each month with bank card, part of the Museums on Us program. (One entry per cardholder—not family).
  • Free for children 6 and under
  • Free for active military members with ID and discount for veterans
  • JFK Library visitors receive $2 off admission with validated ticket, good up to two weeks

Old State House:

  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Free for Bostonian Society Members
  • Youth 18 and under are free
  • US  Military and Veterans are free with valid ID

Commonwealth Museum:

  • Always free, with free parking

USS Constitution Museum:

  • Suggested donation of $5-10 per adult and $3-5 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 if you are 18+.
  • USS Constitution Cruise: Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum:

  • Tickets for half-price via Goldstar Boston (dates may be limited)
  • Buy online and save up to $2.50 off a ticket
  • Save up to $4.05 with Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket

Old South Meeting House:

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on admission
  • Discount combination tickets are available
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Museum of African American History:

  • Free admission for Bank of America cardholders the first weekend of every month through Museums on Us
  • 12 and under are Free
  • MAAH Members are Free

Otis House:

Larz Anderson Auto Museum:

  • Free pass (admits one family) available through the Boston Public Library program at the Roslindale location
  • Free admission for members
  • Discounts for children, students, seniors and military (half off admission)
  • Children under 6 are free
  • AAA Members: 50% off admission for up to 2 people
  • Buy 1 adult admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2015, unconfirmed for 2016

Harvard Art Museums:

  • Free for Harvard faculty, students, and staff and one guest
  • Free to Cambridge residents
  • Free for Youth under 18
  • Massachusetts residents on Saturdays from 10am–noon are free with MA ID

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
  • Admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology includes admission to the adjacent Harvard Museum of Natural History during regular hours.
  • Military can get in free from Memorial Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museum
  • Free to Massachusetts teachers (K-12)
  • Discount admission through your local library
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2015, unconfirmed 2016
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Option with Boston CityPass

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology:

  • Current Harvard ID holders are admitted free and 1 guest
  • 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
  • AAA Members: Save $1 on admission, up to 5 people in party
  • Free for Mass Teachers K-12
  • Discount admission through your local library
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2015, unconfirmed for 2016
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

MIT Museum:

  • Admission is free the last Sunday of each month from September-June
  • 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).
  • Free admission for MIT Community
  • Free admission for MTA members
  • Free admission for military from Memorial Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museums
  • Two for one adult admission for card holders of WBUR, WUMB, and WGBH
  • Free admission for Cambridge Public Library cardholders in July and August
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

LEGOLAND Assembly Row (Somerville):

Boston Zoo Discounts

Zoo New England:

  • Kids Price Saturday: On the first Saturday of every month, October through March, adults pay children’s admission price
  • Discounted passes at $9 per adult and $6 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
  • Half price daytime admission for teachers and active military with ID
  • One child’s admission is free when an adult admission is purchased a regular price with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2015, unconfirmed for 2016
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card (Franklin Park Zoo)

Shows and Theatre Ticket Discounts

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:

  • Save $10 off tickets with BU affiliation (student, alumni, staff, etc.)
  • Military: $20 tickets are available for active military personnel and veterans with promo code MILITARY at checkout. Valid ID required.
  • 35 and under: Tickets are $30 for those 35 and under in age
  • Students: Students (25 and under) can purchase tickets for $20 for student matinee
  • Seniors can receive $5 off tickets
  • Save $5 off tickets online with promo code MBTA (when available)

Boston Symphony Orchestra:

  • Discount tickets to the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall are available via Goldstar Boston (availability depends on show)

Comedy Shows in Boston

Boston Tour Discounts

Fenway Park Tour:

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on tours with your AAA card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Short (15 minute) tours are available for $10 (instead of $18 for one-hour tour)

Urban AdvenTours:

  • AAA Members: Save 15% on bicycle tours and rentals with AAA membership

Back Bay Chocolate Tasting:

Boston Duck Tours

Discounts for Other Fun Things to Do in Boston

Skywalk Observatory:

  • $2 off admission for PRUferred card members
  • $13 for Senior Citizens and college students with ID
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass Program
  • Free for military and teachers with ID
  • 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)

Codzilla:

  • Discount tickets via Goldstar Boston (Codzilla runs May to September/October)

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

Ferry to Salem:

Ferry to Provincetown

Odyssey Cruises:

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

Spirit Cruises:

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

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)


Discount Attractions in the Suburbs of Boston

Plimouth Plantation (Plymouth, MA):

  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Children 4 and under are free
  • Combination tickets are available that includes other Plymouth attractions
  • Check with your local library for discount passes for MA residents

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA):

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on General Admission
  • Salem, MA residents are admitted free (does not include groups) & Salem Employees Tuesday-Friday 10-5pm with paycheck
  • Youth 16 and under are free
  • $10 tickets after 5pm
  • 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

Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA):

  • Free on Thursdays from 5-9pm
  • Children under 12 free
  • Up to 4 regular priced admission 50% off with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2015, unconfirmed for 2016
  • Check with your local library for museum passes

The Hall at Patriot Place (Foxborough):

Edaville USA (Carver, MA):

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
  • 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
  • $2 discount with AAA card
  • Free admission and 10% off at store the last Thursday of every month for WGBH and WBUR Membership cardholders
  • Check your local library for discount passes

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA):

  • Free admission on the first Saturday mornings of each month (10am-12pm)
  • Free admission the first weekend of each month for Bank of America Cardholders
  • $2 cash admission for EBT cardholders, up to 4 people
  • $2 discount for seniors and college students

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)

  • Free second admission with 10 days from full-price admission ticket
  • All active and career retired military receive free regular daytime admission
  • WOO Card holders receive 25% off daytime admission, College WOO Card holders receive 50% off adult daytime admission
  • WGBH Members receive $3 off adult daytime admission
  • Sturbridge residents receive free admission
  • Discounts available for Home School Families
  • Subscribe to their newsletter or follow on Facebook for occasional coupons

Roger Williams Park Zoo (Rhode Island):

  • AAA Members: Save $5 on the family
  • Military receive 50% off admission with proof
  • Providence Residents: First Saturday of each month receive free admission with proof of residency

Also, don’t forget to check out daily deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon for discount attraction tickets. Goldstar Boston is also a great resource for discount event tickets and they have an app which makes it easy when you are on the go! The Goldstar App is available on iTunes and Google Play!

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 :)

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

Please note that I am affiliate partner of a few sites on the list to help maintain Boston on Budget and get thanked if you make a purchase through my link. Please read my disclosure policy hereThank you for supporting this local blog!

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Comments

    • says

      Hi Debra, It depends on the Harvard Museum… the art museum is Saturday but most others are Sunday morning. Thanks for commenting! -Kate

  1. says

    Great information, Thank you so much! Do you know if the museums that offer free admission with the blue star program offer any other military discounts after Labor Day? We will be going to Boston at the end of Sept. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Rosie, Most museums will offer free admission in the summer then military discounts throughout the year. I think there’s one museum that does Blue Star year round, but I’m drawing a blank at the moment which one. The majority of the discounts should be above though for military. Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Rebecca Pomerantz says

    Great! A little known tip: Join FONZ Friends of the National Zoo in DC “National” membership for out of towners for $50 to get into our Science Museum as a member and most Zoos for half price, plus a magazine and calendar!

  3. Megan Yaqoubi says

    I’m currently hunting for discounted tickets and have discovered a few things missed here. The museum of science offers free admission up to 4 people for EBT and WIC holders. The zoos offer admission of $2 per person up to 5 people for EBT holders. I’ve emailed a few places to see if WIC is included with the EBT benefits like the museum of science. That would open affordable tickets to a lot more people

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