Guide to Saving Money on Family-Friendly Boston Attractions

Local parents always ask me how to get great deals on local attractions.  After all, it can be expensive to take a family (especially one with more than two kids) anywhere in Boston these days.  Here are a few ideas:

Local Libraries

Ask you local library if they have passes to any local attractions.  Many public libraries have discounted tickets to the New England Aquarium, ferry rides to the Boston Harbor Islands, and more.

Memberships

If you find yourself visiting local attractions multiple times per year, a membership might be a worthwhile investment.  Generally, you’ll get discounts on parking, gift shop purchases, and programs, and may even get free admission through reciprocal museum relationships.

Discounted Nights and Days

Some museums offer discounted nights.  For example, the Boston Children’s Museum offers $1 admission on many Friday nights.  There are also free admission, such as the one through Bank of America or Free Fun Fridays from the Highland Street Foundation.

Group Buying Programs

Sign up for group buying programs, such as Groupon, BuyWithMe, Savvy Savings and Scholarships, and Eversave. There are always deals for local attractions – just make sure that you use the vouchers before they expire!

Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations is a site where you can pre-purchase admission to some of Boston’s top attractions.  It’s great for visitors to Boston, or those who plan to visit attractions over the course of a short time period. With the Go Card USA you can choose from dozens of local attractions.

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For more things to do in Boston with kids, check out our Boston event calendar, which is always updated!

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About Jodi

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She's thrilled to be able to combine her love of writing with her love of travel. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, five-year old son, seven-year old daughter, shelter cat, and Havanese puppy.

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