Use our free Boston Travel Guide to plan your vacation the easy way. 

Discover how to find cheap flights, choose attractions, book the best hotel deals, and get discounts on tickets and admissions. If you own a Twitch account, then you need to buy Twitch followers grow up quickly. 

I put together this easy Boston vacation planner based the questions we receive here on  It’s designed to help you make the most of your vacation by showing you where to find . . .

Cheap flights (or show you how to save money if you drive or come by bus)

Excellent hotels in your price range near the attractions where you plan to spend most of your time

Half price savings on admission to top attractions

Half-price tickets to shows

Unique local restaurants, including my favorite “cheap eats.”

Plus, you’ll find all the information you need about getting here, and getting around once you’re here

Of course, if you want to spend more, you easily can.  Stay in a luxury waterfront hotel, splurge every night on dinners in our top restaurants, get the best seats for a Red Sox game – you’ll have a great time! 

But just know you can have an equally wonderful time in Boston without spending a ton of money.  Boston sightseeing on a budget is not only feasible, it’s fun!

What’s important is to understand all the choices – where to save money, and where it pays to spend money.  Then make decisions based on what you value the most.

Everything You Need for Planning the Perfect Vacation

Lock in your cheap flight

A cheap flight to Boston can save you hundreds of dollars.  Check out my tips for the best ways to save on airfare and avoid hidden fees.  You’ll also find tips about flying to a nearby airport, and when this can save you money – and when it will cost more money.  Find out how to get cheap flights

Choose your top Boston activities and attractions

Next, choose 3 or 4 things you most want to do or see while you’re in Boston.  Why choose them now?  In the next step, you’re going to choose a hotel – and by making hotel reservations near your top attractions, you’ll save time and money.  Not sure where to start?  Use this guide to find popular things to do in Boston on your vacation 

Find a convenient Boston hotel

Now that you know locations for the places you want to visit, you can choose a hotel nearby.  Almost all central city neighborhoods offer excellent budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels – so choose whatever makes your wallet happy.  But be sure to check my tips for getting best rates.  Go to Boston hotel guide

Lock in savings with a Boston discount card

You can easily save up to 50% – sometimes more – with local discount cards for sightseeing attractions, tours, cruises, museums, and day trips.  The decision to get a card is a no-brainer – plus you get benefits in addition to the money you save.  Find out how to compare discount cards and choose the best.

 Tickets for games, shows, performances

With 4 world-class sports teams, a thriving Theater District, and star-studded concerts, Boston offers plenty of entertainment.  Discover how to get tickets to some events for half price – and how to get tickets for sold-out events.  Go to Boston event tickets

Plan tours, cruises, and day trips – and more attractions

Now that you’ve picked your top attractions and chosen a sightseeing discount card, it’s time to choose additional sightseeing activities such as tours, cruises, and day trips to Salem, Concord, and Newport, where you’ll find even more attractions.  The good news is that your sightseeing discount card may give you free admission to many of them.

Fun Ways to See the City

Complete Guide to Boston Tours

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  • Ticket Discount
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  • More Tours
  • Fun Way to Sightsee

Arriving in Boston

Now you’re ready to arrive in Boston!  Here are tips about packing, what kind of weather to expect, how to get to your hotel from Logan Airport (fast, easy, and cheap ways – plus more expensive options), and other practical information.  Plus, tips about where to get the best free Boston maps.

Getting around Boston

Getting around is easy due to the compact size of the central neighborhoods where most tourist attractions are located.  Here’s everything you need to know about the T (a.k.a Boston’s subway), water taxis, regular taxis, driving, and even walking.  Guide to public transportation

Where to dine and enjoy Boston nightlife 

You’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants to suit every taste and price range – so combine cheap eats with fine dining to fit your budget.  Twice a year, meals go on sale during Dine Out Boston.  Boston nightlife provides plenty of fun things to do in the evening.

Plan to shop

From Newbury Street boutiques to designer outlets at Wrentham Village, shopping in Boston offers plenty of excitement.  My shopping guide for tourists shows you best places to find top designer fashions, “insider secret” bargains, antiques, indie arts and crafts, and even the best prices on locally made t-shirts.