Taking a fun family vacation is never without a price tag, but there are lots of ways that you can save money without avoiding the attractions that you really want to visit.
When we went to Boston this summer, it was the first time we used CityPASS ticket booklets. Because of time, we didn’t get to visit all of the attractions included and we still saved money using CityPASS. Each booklet saved us 47% off of regular combined admission prices. This year, an adult Boston CityPASS is only $54. Children’s booklets (ages 3-11) are $39, but we decided not to purchase one for Chelsea. In her case it didn’t save us enough money based on the attractions we were going to visit this time around and the fact that she is 5 and still gets free admission at some of them.
Each Boston CityPASS ticket booklet includes prepaid admission to:
- New England Aquarium
- Museum of Science
- Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (includes most special exhibitions)
- Harvard Museum of Natural History OR the Old State House – Boston’s Revolutionary Museum
What I like about CityPASS is that you don’t have to buy them ahead of time, but you certainly can on their website if you want to. All of the participating attractions sell the ticket booklets, so if you are a fly by the seat of your pants tourist like I sometimes am, you can still take advantage of all the savings. If you are a planner, you should check out AIRMILES.CA, I’ve seen CityPASS booklets available there in the rewards section, so not only can you save 47%, but redeem some AIRMILES to take care of the cost of the booklet. I’ve also seen deals on them at Costco.CA.
Once you use your first ticket from the booklet, your CityPASS is good for 9 consecutive days (14 for the Southern California version), so you can visit attractions and skip the lineups on your schedule.
Besides Boston, there are also CityPASS ticket booklets available for Chicago, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
Have you used a CityPASS before? Was it worth while?
Disclosure: I was provided with CityPASS media comp ticket booklets. Opinions are my own; honest and genuine.