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Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions

1. Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 45+ Attractions

The Boston All-Inclusive Pass by Go City provides you access to over 45 of the area’s top activities, attractions, and tours for a single low price. Enjoy planning your own itinerary while saving up to 50%* compared to the cost of individual attraction tickets. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day pass and visit as many attractions as you like during that time. Take a Trolley Tour, visit the New England Aquarium, or explore the Museum of Science. These and many other options are included in the cost of your Boston All-Inclusive Pass. A free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Below, "(R)" means that reservations are required. Included attractions with your Boston All-Inclusive Pass: TOURS AND ACTIVITIES • Historic Sightseeing Cruise (Seasonal - April to October) • CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley: 2-Day Ticket (Seasonal - April to November) • Fenway Park Tour • Swan Boats of Boston (Seasonal - April to September) • The Harvard Tour • Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour (Seasonal - April to October) (R) • Boston Bike Rental • One-Hour Guided “Let it Begin Here” Battle Green Tour • Hyannisport Harbor Cruise (Seasonal - May to October) • Cape Cod Canal Cruise (Seasonal - May to October) • Liberty Ride (Seasonal - April to October) • Boch Center Wang Theatre Tours • North End Boston's "Little Italy Tour" • Boston Historic Pub Crawl Tour • Boston Seafood and More Food Tour • Beacon Hill True Crime Tour • Sam Signature Experience MUSEUMS AND PLACES OF INTEREST • View Boston • New England Aquarium • Old State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket • USS Constitution Museum • Museum of Science • Paul Revere House • Museum of Fine Arts • Salem Witch Museum (R) • Boston Children's Museum (R) • Harvard Museum of Natural History (R) • JFK Presidential Library and Museum • Plimoth Patuxet plus Mayflower II or Grist Mill Combo (Seasonal - April to November) • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston • Franklin Park Zoo • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • Peabody Essex Museum • Institute of Contemporary Art • House of the Seven Gables • Buckman Tavern • Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (R) • Otis House Museum • Concord Museum • Old Sturbridge Village • King's Chapel Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide included in your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions. *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

Boston: Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

2. Boston: Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

Start the tour, with an early morning pick-up at your hotel between 6:45 and 7:30 AM. Take advantage of the complimentary snacks, water, maps, and discount food cards that are included in the vehicle. Arrive at the Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority Ferry in Woods Hole, MA. Before boarding, there will be time for a spot of shopping or to enjoy breakfast. The vessel departs at 9:30 AM. Take an enjoyable 45-minute ferry ride to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard. Food and drinks are available on the ferry, at your own expense. Inside air-conditioned seating, as well as outside sun deck seating, is available. There is plenty of room on this vessel to explore and take many pictures. Upon arrival at Martha's Vineyard, spend approximately 6 hours exploring the beautiful island. Guests who have chosen to take the 3-hour island tour will be greeted directly at the ferry dock. Everyone will depart Martha's Vineyard at 3:45 PM on the Steamship Authority Ferry. When you arrive back at Woods Hole, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Boston.

Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

3. Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!Note: This 65+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Cape Cod in 2-3 hours. This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Massachusetts’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. To begin the tour, start at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, following the route and speed limit for the best experience. Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Cape Cod and learn all about the history of the areas as you see famous sights like Cape Cod Visitor Center and Pilgrim Monument. As you enjoy the scenery, discover the history and culture of the Nauset tribe. Continue to Eastham and trek down to First Encounter Beach, where the Nausets had their first contact with Europeans. See Cape Cod’s prettiest lighthouses, and hear about the importance of these buildings. The route has plenty of optional detours where you can make stops, like at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive in Provincetown, a thriving cultural center culture. Check out the art galleries, boutiques, and theaters, and embrace the bohemian culture. Your audio tour ends at the northern tip of the Cape, where the Mayflower first landed.

Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

4. Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Note: Each tour covers essential sights and takes 2-3 hours, over 3+ miles. Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Shifting the scene to Salem, begin at the Salem Visitor Center. Learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the dedicated memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Stop by historic spots like the Old Town Hall, the Joshua Ward House, and Gedney House. Marvel at the Witch House and end your tour at The House of the Seven Gables, immersing yourself in the haunting history of Salem's Witch Trials.

Cape Cod: Barnstable to Provincetown Self Guided Audio Tour

5. Cape Cod: Barnstable to Provincetown Self Guided Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating tapestry of Cape Cod and Provincetown with our comprehensive self-guided audio and GPS tour. Combining the allure of freedom with seamless location-based storytelling, this tour transforms your drive into an unforgettable journey through time and nature. Initiate your exploration at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, steering eastward through the annals of Massachusetts' history. The voice guiding you will transport you to the times of the Nauset tribe, the ancient inhabitants of this land. They farmed and fished these shores for millennia, their tales echoing through time – like the heartrending legend of a princess whose tears sustained a fish's life. But their tranquility was disrupted when they witnessed unfamiliar sails on the horizon. Your wheels will carry you to Eastham, guiding you towards First Encounter Beach. Here, listen intently to the riveting chronicle of the first tumultuous meeting and subsequent peace negotiations between the Nauset and the Pilgrims. This encounter reshaped the course of history. As the path unfolds, you'll be beckoned by the melancholic charm of Cape Cod's lighthouses. These timeless sentinels are not just architectural marvels but pivotal landmarks that once safeguarded ships from the treacherous waters, earning the Cape its moniker of "ocean graveyard." For those yearning for nature's serenade, an optional detour to the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary awaits. With diverse biomes stretching over five miles, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers are in for a treat. The tour then crescendos into Provincetown. This pulsating heart of art and culture is a stark contrast to the somber Pilgrims. Dive into its eclectic blend of galleries, boutiques, and theaters, letting its bohemian spirit envelop you. Concluding at the Cape's northernmost point, you'll stand at the very location where the Mayflower first anchored. This site, steeped in history, also boasts a vista that is sheer poetry for the eyes. Throughout your journey, the meticulously crafted audio narratives will automatically activate, painting vivid pictures of Cape Cod and Provincetown's past and present. Experience their beauty, history, and spirit, all while maintaining the freedom to set your own pace and path. No more juggling maps or rigid timetables. As you navigate, let stories emerge, narrating the rich tapestry of Cape Cod and Provincetown.

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What people are saying about Barnstable

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 232 reviews

This self-drive audio tour was easy to set up and navigate through. We found it convenient, especially since we could start it at any point on the Cape we were at. I’d purchase another tour in another location if available. Worth the expense since we can use it every time we return.

This tour was awesome. Took you to some pretty interesting sights that I didn’t know were there. The route was easy to follow with great directions. The speaking was perfect. You had plenty of time in between markers for the verbiage to finish. Looking forward to do other tours.

This pass is definitely worth the money. Very easy to use. We did not feel like we had to linger at each attraction. The low cost allowed us to move from stop to stop quickly since we did not have much time in the city.

Excellent trip to Boston, walking almost everywhere, visiting museums and taking tours of historical sites.

Went to four museums for a lower price than individually! Great deal.