Boston Discount Attractions

Discount Attractions in Boston

Last updated May, 2017

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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
  • Buy tickets through Viator at full-price but new users can sign up for their e-mail for special offers/promo codes or get a free $10 credit if you sign up through a referral link.

Institute of Contemporary Art(Closed on Mondays, except select holidays when admission is free):

  • 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 (Closed on Tuesdays):

  • 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
  • MTA Teachers: Half off admission with your MTA card
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

JFK Library and Museum:

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (Closed on Mondays):

  • $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:

Commonwealth Museum (Closed on the weekends during winter months):

  • Always free, with free parking

USS Constitution Museum:

  • Suggested donation of $5-10 per adult, $3-5 for children, and $20-$25 for families 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+. Check the boat schedule because it may be closed on select days throughout the year.
  • USS Constitution Cruise: Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum:

Old South Meeting House:

  • AAA Members: Save $1 on admission with AAA card
  • Free for members
  • Free for children under 5 ($1 admission for children under 18)
  • $1 discount for seniors 62+ and students 18+ with ID
  • WGBH Boston members can receive 2-for-1 membership
  • Participates in Blue Star Museums for military families
  • Teachers can receive 2-for-1 admission with MTA, AFT, BTU, or NEA card
  • Save up to $4.05 with Combo Ticket with Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums
  • Buy 1 adult admission, get 1 adult admission free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Museum of African American History (Closed on Sundays):

  • 12 and under are Free
  • MAAH Members are Free
  • Discount admission for seniors and students

Paul Revere House (Closed on Mondays from Jan-March):

  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • College students and seniors can save .50
  • Note: Cash only; admission is $5 for adults & $1 for kids under 18

Otis House (Closed on certain days/seasonally):

Gibson House (by guided tour only Wed-Sunday):

Nichols House Museum (Closed on Mondays and only open select days during winter months)

Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium (Closed on Mondays and Holidays)

  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Discount for military, seniors 62+, students, and youth

Boston Sports Museum (may close on certain days due to events, check website):

  • Check your local library for museum passes (Brookline residents can get free passes)
  • Discount for seniors and students
  • Children under 6 are free
  • Free admission for  active military and their families

Larz Anderson Auto Museum:

Harvard Art Museums:

  • Free for Harvard faculty, students, and staff and one guest
  • Free to Cambridge residents with ID
  • Free for Youth under 18
  • Free for Mass Teachers K-12 with ID
  • Free for military members through Blue Star Museums
  • Free with SNAP or EBT card, up to 5 family members
  • Free for 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
  • Free for Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Members, Harvard Art Museum Members, and ASTC Travel Passport Program members
  • 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
  • Military can get in free (year-round) through Blue Star Museums
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Free to Massachusetts teachers (K-12)
  • Discount admission (for $6, up to 4 people) through your local library
  • Discount admission for seniors 65+, non-Harvard students, and youth
  • Save $1 off admission with your AAA card
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • 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
  • Free for Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Members and Harvard Art Museum Members
  • Free for Mass Teachers K-12
  • Military can get in free (year-round) through Blue Star Museums
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Discount admission for seniors 65+, non-Harvard students, and youth
  • Discount admission through your local library
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • Save $1 on admission with your AAA card
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Admission Option with Boston CityPass (*It’s not listed on the CityPass list, but is on the Peabody Museum website, so it’s worth looking into if you have the pass)

MIT Museum:

  • Admission is free the last Sunday of each month from September-June for everyone
  • Discount admission (half off) for youth under 18, students, and seniors 65+
  • 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 and alumni (and one guest)
  • Free admission during July and August for Cambridge Public Library cardholders
  • Free for children under 5
  • Free admission for MTA members
  • Free admission for military and family members from Memorial Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museums
  • Free admission for cardholders of American Alliance of Museums and New England Museum Association
  • Two for one adult admission for card holders of WBUR and WUMB
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

LEGOLAND Assembly Row, Somerville:

Zoo Discounts in the Greater Boston Area

Franklin Park Zoo:

  • 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 & local libraries *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
  • Children under 2 are free
  • Zoo New England Members are free, membership starts at $80 per person a year & a family (2 adults & up to 4 children) membership is $110 a year + more options. 
  • Free admission for Moms on Mother’s Day and Dads on Father’s Day
  • One child’s admission is free when an adult admission is purchased a regular price with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card (Franklin Park Zoo)

Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA:

  • 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 & local libraries *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
  • Children under 2 are free
  • Zoo New England Members are free, membership starts at $80 per person a year & a family (2 adults & up to 4 children) membership is $110 a year + more options. 
  • Free admission for Moms on Mother’s Day and Dads on Father’s Day
  • One child’s admission is free when an adult admission is purchased a regular price with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017

Roger Williams Park Zoo, Rhode Island

  • AAA Members: Save $5 on the family on select memberships
  • Check your local library for discount museum passes (Quincy & other local libraries may have these)
  • Discounts for seniors 62+
  • Children 1 and younger are free
  • Military and veterans receive 50% off admission with proof
  • Providence Residents: First Saturday of each month receive free admission with proof of residency

Shows and Theatre Ticket Discounts

Blue Man Group Boston:

Huntington Theatre:

  • Limited amount of $25 tickets available at every show
  • Patrons who are Deaf and/or blind/low-vision and their guests can purchase $20 tickets to designated ASL-Interpreted or Audio Described performances
  • 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 with valid ID
  • $20 tickets are available to all performances for participants in the Huntington’s Community Membership Initiative
  • Seniors 65+ can receive $5 off tickets
  • Buy 1 reserved seat, get 1 free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • Save $10 with proof of employment from any other these companies

Boston Symphony Orchestra:

  • Discount tickets to the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall are available via Goldstar Boston (availability depends on show)
  • Select $20 tickets for patrons 40 and under are available for select shows
  • Discount tickets sometimes available via Groupon, terms and conditions apply

Comedy Shows in Boston:

Boston Tour Discounts

Fenway Park Tour:

Boston Duck Tours (seasonal):

Old Town Trolley Tours (Hop on and Off)

Cityview Trolley Tours:

Urban AdvenTours:

Back Bay Chocolate Tours:

Tour of the Freedom Trail:

On Location Tours:

  • Discount tickets via Groupon Daily Deals available for a limited time, terms and conditions may apply

Skywalk Observatory:

  • $2 off admission for PRUferred card members
  • Discounts for seniors 62+, students, and children under 12
  • Free for military, vets, and MTA teachers with ID
  • Admission Included with Boston CityPass
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • 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)

Discounts for Fun on the Water

Codzilla (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets via Goldstar Boston {not always available}
  • Save with New England Aquarium admission

Boston Harbor Islands Ferry, (seasonal):

  • 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 as well as through other town libraries
  • Free Island Pass program for groups of non-profits or community centers, program does fill up
  • Free Ferry Day on August 25, 2017 thanks to Free Fun Fridays (usually another Free Ferry Day to kick off the season– already occurred for 2017)
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Discounts for seniors, students and military
  • Family four pack tickets are $43 and multi-ride 10-ticket pack are $140

Ferry to Salem (seasonal):

  • Discounted tickets available through Goldstar Boston
  • Discount tickets for Salem and North Shore residents
  • Special commuter rate
  • Discount tickets for seniors and children, children under 3 are free

Ferry to Provincetown (seasonal):

  • Discount Tickets available through Goldstar Boston
  • Groupon sometimes has a daily deal available at the start of the season {this daily deal goes quick though}

Odyssey Cruises:

Spirit Cruises:

Boston Harbor Cruises (seasonal):

Charles River Sightseeing Cruise (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets starting at $9.45 available through Goldstar Boston + other discount cruises available too
  • $2 Discount for seniors, students, and military
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Schooner Adirondack III Cruise (seasonal):

  • Cruise Boston Harbor with various cruises with discounts via Goldstar Boston

Massachusetts Bay Lines Vessels (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets for 90-minute bay line cruise via Goldstar Boston, multiple cruises available
  • Discount tickets via Groupon Daily deal, available for a limited time, terms and conditions may apply

Northern Lights After Dinner Cruise (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets for this late-night cruise via Goldstar Boston, multiple cruises available

Provincetown II Party Cruise (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets for this party cruise via Goldstar Boston, multiple party cruises

Boston Green Cruises (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets via LivingSocial, limited time only, terms and conditions may apply
  • Discount tickets via Groupon, limited time only, terms and conditions may apply

New England Aquarium Whale Watch, Boston (seasonal):

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watching, Gloucester (seasonal):

  • Discount tickets available via LivingSocial daily deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Discount tickets available via Groupon daily deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Save $5 off adult admission with printable coupon
  • Discount available with military, AAA, or AARP card

7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester (seasonal)

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children under 3 are free
  • $5 discount for students, military, and AAA members
  • Lowest price guarantee: will match any competitors ticket pricing (with the exception of a paid Groupon)

Cape Ann Whale Watch, Gloucester (seasonal)

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children 3 and under are free
  • $5 discount for members of AAA, CAA, AARP
  • $5 discount for military members and college students

Newburyport Whale Watch, Newburyport (seasonal)

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Family special: 2 adults and 2 children is $125
  • $3 off admission with AAA discount, MTA card, or with military discount

Captain John Boats, Plymouth (seasonal)

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children 3 and under are free
  • Active military are free with ID

Free Star Gazing in Boston

Gilliland Observatory (seasonal on Fridays):

  • Free on Fridays from 8:30pm-10:00pm, 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 Greater Boston Area

Adams National Historic Park, Quincy, MA (open seasonally):

  • Free admission on National Park Days (seasonal)
  • Children under 16 are free
  • Check your local library to see if they offer free museum passes
  • Free admission with Interagency Senior Pass (this is a lifetime pass for $10 for ages 62+)

USS Salem, Quincy, MA (open weekends only):

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

Plimouth Grist Mill, Plymouth, MA (seasonal)

  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card
  • Combo tickets available with other Plymouth attractions
  • Children under 5 free

Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA (closed during the month of January):

  • Free for residents of Plymouth, MA
  • Members of the Pilgrim society and the New England Museum Association are free
  • Discount for seniors 62+, youth, and families
  • Children under 5 are free
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 admission free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA (Closed on Mondays, except holidays):

  • Salem, MA residents are admitted free (does not include groups) & Salem Employees Tuesday-Friday 10-5pm with paycheck
  • Youth 16 and under are free
  • $12 tickets after 5pm
  • Check your local library to see if they have discount museum passes
  • AAA Members: Save $1 on General Admission with AAA discount
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MA:

  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Check your local MA library for free or discount passes
  • Admission Included with the Go Boston Card

House of Seven Gables, Salem, MA (Closed on select days in Jan/Feb):

  • Free guided tours for Salem residents
  • Check you local library for discount psses
  • Discounts for seniors 65+, students, and children
  • Children under 5 are free

Salem Historical Tours, Salem, MA:

Salem Heritage Tours, Salem, MA

  • Discount tickets via LivingSocial daily deal, available for a limited time only, terms & conditions may apply
  • Children 5 and under are free

Charles River Museum of Industry, Waltham, MA (Closed Monday-Wednesdays)

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (Closed on Mondays):

  • Free on Thursdays from 5-9pm
  • Children under 12 free
  • Discount for seniors and students
  • Up to 4 regular priced admission 50% off with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • Check with your local library for museum passes

The Children’s Museum in Easton, Easton, MA (Closed on Mondays):

  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 admission free with coupon from Entertainment Book Boston Area Edition 2017
  • $2 admission for SNAP recipients
  • Children under 1 are free
  • Members are free (Membership is $125/yearly, up to 6 people)

South Shore Children’s Museum, Hanover, MA (Closed on Mondays):

  • Check your local library for free passes (Quincy & others may have this)
  • Children under 1 are free
  • Members are free (family membership is $99/year for up to 5 people)
  • Save with a book of 10 passes for $40

The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA:

  • AAA Members: Save 10% on adult tickets for up to six people
  • Discount for seniors, active military and children
  • Children under 5 are free
  • Check your local library for free passes (I saw the pass at Hingham library but there may be other towns too)

New England Revolution Soccer, Foxborough, MA:

  • Discount tickets to select soccer games at Gillette Stadium via Goldstar Boston
  • College students can attend all home games for $99
  • Discount tickets for family 4-packs are available

Edaville USA, Carver, MA (seasonal):

Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA (Closed on select days in winter months):

  • 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
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free coupon in the 2017 Greater Boston Entertainment Book

Lizzie Borden Museum, Fall River, MA:

  • Complimentary tour for guests of the Lizzie Borden B&B
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free coupon in the 2017 Greater Boston Entertainment Book
  • Discount for seniors 60+, students, and children
  • Children 6 and under are free

Orchard House, Concord, MA:

Concord Museum, Concord, MA:

  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Active military are free with ID
  • Discount for seniors 62+, students, and children
  • Buy 1 admission, get 1 free coupon in the 2017 Greater Boston Entertainment Book, not valid during special events

Old Manse, Concord, MA:

Drumlin Farms, Lincoln, MA (closed on Mondays, except for holidays):

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (closed on certain days depending on season):

  • 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

Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, Weston, MA (Open Thurs-Sunday, closed on Sundays in July & August)

The Butterfly Place, Westford, MA (seasonal)

  • Discount tickets via Groupon, available for a limited time, terms & conditions may apply
  • Children 2 and under are free

Discovery Museums, Acton, MA (Closed on Mondays):

  • Free Friday night the first Friday night of each month during the school year and free every Friday night in the summer
  • Under 1 are free
  • Discount passes available at participating local libraries
  • Teachers get in free
  • $1 admission for EBT cardholders, up to 5 additional people
  • Free admission for military and members with ID
  • $1 off with AAA or WGBH membership, up to 4 people
  • Free for families with children with developmental challenges on select dates with pre-registration

Hammond Castle Island, Gloucester, MA (Open on weekends only, open on select weekdays in summer)

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA (Open select days):

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays):

  • Free admission on the first Saturday mornings of each month (10am-12pm)
  • 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 for members and children 3 and under
  • $2 cash admission for EBT cardholders, up to 4 people
  • Discount for seniors and college students
  • Free for college students the third Thursday of every month
  • $2 off admission with Woo Card

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA (Closed on certain days, depends on season):

  • Free second admission with 10 days from full-price admission ticket
  • All active and career retired military receive free regular daytime admission and vets receive 50% off admission
  • Discounts for seniors 55+, college students, and youth
  • Children under 4 are free
  • WGBH Members receive $3 off adult daytime admission
  • Sturbridge residents receive free admission
  • Discounts available for Home School Families on select days
  • Check your local library for potential discount museum passes
  • Subscribe to their newsletter or follow on Facebook for occasional coupons

Discount Attractions on Cape Cod, MA

 

CapeFLYER (seasonal/weekends):

  • Discount tickets via Groupon Daily Deal, limited time only, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children 11 and under are free
  • Seniors and people with disabilities can ride for half off

Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA (seasonal):

  • Check your local library for discount (half off admission) museum passes
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Discount combination tickets for the Adventure Park are available
  • Members get in free, membership starts at $50/yearly
  • EBT cardholders get in free, up to 4 people per card
  • AAA members get $1 off admission, up to 2 people
  • Military members receive free admission through Blue Star Museums
  • Free for cardholders of NARM, NEMA, AAM and RAP
  • Free for teachers with active MTA card

Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich, MA (Closed in January and closed on Monday & Tuesdays in Feb & March):

  • Check you local library for discount museum passes
  • Free for ages 5 and under

Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee, MA:

Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis, MA:

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!

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    • 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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