CityPASS Boston Review | Historic Charm Meets Modern Day Excitement


Our CityPASS Boston review will show you how to take advantage of these popular attractions on your next family vacation.  Soak up the history as you stroll down the streets of one of the oldest cities in the country. Boston, Massachusetts—where historic charm meets modern day excitement. With CityPASS Boston, you’ll experience the best the city has to offer for 45% off retail!

New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is leading the world in its conservation efforts and public education. They focus on protecting marine life on our planet above all else. It is because of this and their 200,000 gallons, 20,000 animals from 600 different species, and 1.3 million guests annually, that it has become a must-see for just about all families visiting Boston with CityPASS.

While you’re there, check out any—if not all—of the 15 exhibits which include, but are definitely not limited to, sharks, penguins, seadragons, touch tanks, and an 80-year-old. 500-pound sea turtle named Myrtle.

Tip: If you feel so inclined, you can opt in (for a bit of extra green) for special animal encounters. The aquarium offers behind-the-scene tours as well as meet and greets with some of their most beloved residents.


Museum of Science

Prepare to be utterly amazed! The Museum of Science in Boston has 35 permanent exhibits and several temporary exhibits at any given time. Some of which are the Butterfly Garden, Hall of Human Life, and To the Moon where your family can experience the moon landing from inside the Apollo Command Module.

In addition to the brain-boggling exhibits, the museum also offers live presentations, actives, planetarium shows, IMAX, and 4-D films. You will not regret carving out a day while in Boston to check this one out!


Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center

Visiting a city for the first time can be a bit disorienting. Why not remedy that by getting a birds-eye-view? With its 360-degree views, you’ll feel grounded at 700 feet above the streets. Take a personal audio tour through this wildly diverse city, exploring all of its many cultures and districts. The Acoustiguide has two options, one geared toward adults and another for children.

Be sure to check out the Dreams of Freedom exhibit, which examines the important role immigration has played in our country’s history and their state-of-the-art theater that runs two informative and entertaining short films on a loop throughout the day.


Harvard Museum of Natural History OR Boston Harbor Cruises (Select One)

Pick one of the following attractions with Boston CityPASS.  Here at Traveling With Monkeys we like both of these attractions, so choose the one that best fits your family’s needs.


Harvard Museum of Natural History


The Harvard Museum of Natural History has something for everyone in your family.

Get up close and personal with some of Africa’s largest animals—don’t worry, they’ve been mounted now for over a century. You’ll get to experience what a real-life hippopotamus, lion, ostrich, hyena, gorilla, amongst many others, look like from inches away.

And if that isn’t enough to suit your fancy, perhaps you’ll be more interested in the internationally acclaimed display of 4,000 beautiful glass flowers and plants. No matter your specific interests—from evolution and marine life to climate change and dinosaurs—the Harvard Museum of Natural History has something for everyone.  Discuss this option with your family when making your Boston CityPASS pick.

Boston Harbor Cruises

Get a first-class, engagingly narrated tour through Boston’s inner and outer harbors with Boston Harbor Cruises. History class will come to life as you cruise past the site of the Boston Tea Party and Old North Church. You’ll be thoroughly delighted and educated when this 90-minute tour concludes.

PURCHASE your adult CityPASS Boston ticket book for $56 (valued at $102) or $44 for a child’s book, ages 3-11 ($78 value) HERE. Thank you for reading our Boston CityPASS review for family travel.  We would love to hear about your next Boston adventure. Happy Travels!

Erin Fonoti

Freelance Writer

Erin, mother of two and Logistic Coordinator by day̵ — wife of one and writer/entrepreneur by night. When she's not saving the world one corporate event at a time, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her kids and husband. During the warmer months, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors camping or on the water growing her paddle board business. When it turns cold, you'll find her on the slopes or the lodge with a warm cup of Joe. When she can get some time to herself (which, let's face it, is almost never) she can be found with a pen in her hand or in front of a keyboard, making magic.  She aspires to turn her writing and side business into her family's sole source of income in order to travel the world, fully experiencing Life.