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Take some time and plan your activities. we saved some money, and saw some great things that we would not have considered if it wasn't on the card. Do not hop on and off the shuttle (there may not be room to get back on) instead stay on and do the full circuit and take the subway to the individual attractions. Make sure you know how to get to Macys to pck up your card, and to the main beantown trolley desk to get your trolley tickes.
Good value, although some of the advertised attractions were not available because we were a bit late in the season.
Was able to see so much of Boston with my card, and the guidebook supplied with the card was extremely helpful when planning our days.
We planned what we wanted to do and used the card to its best ability. Also, not having to pay each time for the attractions made covering 3 or 4 sites in one day very easy. Also at some of the attractions you had priority over other visitors. Also on the whale trip you could book the day before and collect your tickets. Used card in some of the resturants we visited and had no problems with the discount.
Rhoda k S
I love the Go Boston Card! We had an awesome driver! Some were putting us to sleep. However, if I am purchasing a 3 day or more pass, I should be able to have more trolley rides! I can't get around town. Also we were frustrated because the trolley map did not clearly reflect some of the stop locations!
Interesting if you prepare your trip by yourself. The cards were ready for pick up, and no extra cost for any attraction we used.
We got our moneys worth by visiting a number of the attractions available with the Go Boston card. Most of the time we walked to the Attractions because it was quicker them waiting for the Beantown Trolley buses. A lot of the Attractions were only about 10-20 minutes walk from the Long Wharf, but to wait and take the Trolley buses it took us about 60-80 minutes. All so the Movie and TV tour was very good and informative but started in one location and finished in a different location. A lot of the tourists had no idea how to get back to the start location
Unfortunately, we were only able to use this twice. We stayed in provincetown and no one took this card nice to have but was a waste for us.
I felt that it was a hassle finding the locations to have the card validated and then getting vouchers for things like the bean town trolley. You have to find the Quincy Market, then the correct kiosk. It's not too easy when you aren't familiar with the area. And the visitors desk at the Macy's store in the city was a major hassle to pick up the cards in the first place. We didnt see any whales on the whale watch and they don't tell you but you can only go on the 9:30am boat with the Go Boston card. No other times are permitted. So its a little discriminatory. Most of the attractions close at like 5:00 pm.
I was annoyed to find out when we got the booklet in Boston that we had to pay half towards the Boston Duck; there is nowhere on the website that states this. All it does state is the Duck is seasonal. Had I known I don't think we would have booked the Go Boston Card as the main reason for booking was the Duck. The places on the freedom trail are worth going in if you have the card and use for other stuff.
This card is very misleading. At the time of the purchase it does not indicate that this card covers almost all activities only until 5:30 pm. You can't squeeze in many activities in this time frame. Also, to activate this card, or activate many activities, such as Duck or bus tours, you have to go to particular places, wasting a lot of time. Unfortunately, this card is proven to be not very practical.
There is simply too much available to do in the Boston area! When we previously went with our family of three, and used the Boston Go card, we found that it was a terrific deal and allowed us to take advantage of the many opportunities and sites. However, this trip we were travelling with a larger group and we found that the price of the individual admissions would have been much cheaper in the long run. My advice is that if you are traveling as a family, the Boston Go card is an easy and great bargain but if you are going with a group, you are better to simply pay-as-you-go. Groups apparently take longer to see the sites so you aren't able to see and participate in as many of the wonderful options that Boston has to offer. Also beware of the fact that many of the historical sites and other items are available free of charge or at very little cost. Boston is a great city if you want to take a very inexpensive sightseeing tour but the housing and food costs are at the other side of the extreme, so plan ahead by taking food with you, and considering staying outside Boston proper and using the subway which is easily navigable and cheap.
Not happy that I had to make a reservation for the Duck Tour & then could only get it at one location. I'm also not happy that cards could not be validated for the trolley at trolley stops.
Note from Viator: Thanks for your review, Geraldine. We decided to ask the Go Boston Card staff about your question, and here is their reply:
'We are happy to explain why the Boston Duck Tour can only be boarded at the Museum of Science ticket location. The reason is the Boston Duck Tour is a VERY popular attraction and their Prudential Center ticket location often sells out very far in advance. We want to ensure that as many of our customers as possible are able to enjoy this tour, so we direct all customers to the Museum of Science ticket location, where you have the best opportunity to get a seat. The Museum of Science ticket location is still crowded, but it is less crowded than the Prudential Center location. The tour route covers the same sites and both locations are easily accessible by public transportation (the Green Line). Please note that a reservation is not mandatory, but we highly suggest it since tickets often sell out far in advance. Of course, you can always take your chances and show up early in the morning to reserve a seat.'
This was not a good option to take as there just was not enough time to take advantage of the 'free' inclusions. A better option would be to just purchase the sight seeing trolley bus passes that could be bought almost anywhere in Boston.
Note from Viator: Thanks for the review Melinda. Here's a reply from the staff at Go Boston Card, just so you have their perspective as well:
'If you have time to experience even just one additional activity while you are visiting, then the Go Boston Card will save you money. The Go Boston Card includes admission on a 2-day hop-on hop-off trolley tour, which by itself retails for around $42. If you are able to squeeze in just the New England Aquarium for instance (a $19.95 value), then a 1-day pass has already saved you $7 per person, since our 1-day Go Boston Card typically sells for $54.99.'