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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Boston Money-Saving Tips

A Bunker with a View

For a free, panoramic view of Boston, climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Take heed, though: This 294-step journey is not for the faint of heart. Hours: 9am-5pm. Monument closes to climbing at 4:30pm.

See the Green Monster

Even if it isn’t baseball season when you visit, you can still make a pilgrimage to Fenway Park. Daily Tours leave from the gift shop on Yawkey Way.

Save Big

Don't keep shelling out admission fees. If you're planning to visit several museums and historical attractions, or take a tour (or two), purchase a Go Boston Card. It's a one-price, gets-you-into-all ticket for 70 attractions around the city.

Family Savings

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau knows it's not cheap to travel with a brood in tow. It helps by gathering seasonal discounts to family-oriented attractions and eateries. Print out their free Family-Friendly ValuePASS for instant discounts around town.

Go Back to College

From open-to-the-public (and, often, free) cultural events to budget-friendly tickets to hockey games, it's worth checking out the events listings on the websites of Boston's major colleges and universities.

Hoof It

When the weather's warm (or if you've got a good scarf), Boston is a very walkable town. Thanks to the somewhat kooky setup of the T (you often have to take a train into the center of the system in order to continue back to its outskirts), sometimes it's much faster to walk.

Never tell anybody you love the Yankees

New Yorkers know this rule (and often ignore it) but, really, save your sanity and don't even joke about it.

Ditch the wheels

Avoid driving in Boston at all costs – the streets are not easily navigable, parking is a nightmare, and Bostonians are known for being more than a little impatient behind the wheel.

Start the Freedom Trail at the Boston Common

The entire trail is not a loop (though part of it is a loop between Bunker Hill, the Visitor Center, and the USS Constitution), so it’s best to start at one end or the other. Forgo a pricey tour and download a free map online (www.thefreedomtrail.org).

Missed the game?

Even if it isn’t baseball season when you visit, you can still make a pilgrimage to Fenway Park. Daily Tours leave from the gift shop on Yawkey Way.

Know your stop

Maps on the “T” (Boston’s subway system) don't use a city map as a background so there's no point of reference. Know the name of the stop closest to the attraction you want to see to avoid confusion.

Get technical

There are great tours of Boston that don’t involve quacking ducks and guides in Revolution-era costume. Take an audio guide or GPS-unit navigated tour – both gadgets available for rent at the Boston Common Visitors Center and highlight various aspects of the city’s history.

Old Ironsides

Guided tours of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, are free. Hours: Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm. Tours every 30 minutes, last tour starts at 4pm.

Memorable Museums

Museum discounts abound in this city. Here are just a few examples: The Children's Museum presents Target $1 Friday Nights, every Friday evening from 5-9pm, when families can enjoy the entire museum for $1. The Institute of Contemporary Art offers free general admission every Thursday, 5-9pm; the Institute is free for families (up to two adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of each month (minus December), and those 17 and under always enter free. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers this quirky discount: Anyone with the name "Isabella" can sign up for an "Isabellas Free... Forever!" museum card and receive unlimited free museum admission for life. Free admission is also offered on your birthday, after you show an ID (regardless of what your name is). Finally, if you have a family member or friend with a Metro Boston Library Network library card, ask them to borrow a free single-day pass to participating Boston museums.

Public Artwork

Boston has an impressive display of public works of art all over the city, sponsored by the Boston Art Commission and free for the public to view and photograph. Visit paintings, murals, statues, bas-reliefs, sculptures, monuments, fountains, arches, and a variety of other public decorative items.  Use the guide and map at www.publicartboston.com to plan your tour.

Thank Charlie

Many businesses offer discounts just for showing your MBTA Charlie Card, and the businesses listed tend to be within easy access of the T system. See the Charlie Card Discount Book for more details. www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/CharlieCard_Discount_Book

Bike Your Way Around

New Balance Hubway, a cutting-edge bike share system, makes biking around the city easy for a small fee (24-hour use of the system's bikes is only $5, and a three-day pass is $12). Visit www.thehubway.com for a station map and useful biking information.

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