Experiencing Boston Massachusetts for under $80

I was writing for my site when I had the most irresistible urge for a lobster roll. I’ve eaten them locally here in NYC but it didn’t quite satisfy my desire, so this time I wanted to get my lobster roll from a place known for seafood: Boston. I booked my flight on Jet Blue and headed to Boston for the day. Come with me on this spontaneous journey as I show you how to enjoy Boston for a day for under $80.

In order to keep me on budget I utilized public transportation. When leaving New York, I took the J train to Sutphin Blvd to catch the Air Train to JFK airport. The subway cost was $2.25 and the air-train is $5, making the total cost $7.25. That’s much better than $45 plus for taxi fare! The ride is very quick and easy and there are signs to direct you. Watch my video further in the post which shows you what to expect on the way to the airport via the Air Train. Let CecilyTravels.com guide you! Click this link for the MTA guide for air-train.

Once I arrived in Boston, their public transportation was VERY easy, convenient and clean. At the airport, I purchased a round trip Charlie card for $4 which included the FREE shuttle to the Blue Line to the Aquarium/Freedom trail area on the “T” (Bostonese for “subway”). Note: you can catch the blue and silver line at the airport.

I had a Boston Duck Tour booked for 1:30 and it was only 10am so I grabbed a map and decided to walk the Freedom Trail. While walking the Freedom Trail here are some sites I was able to catch for FREE.

Before long, I realized it was time for me to go to the promenade for my Boston Duck Tour. The tour is not only informative but a lot of FUN for everyone, no matter the age. It was fascinating to learn about Boston’s history as we sailed past landmarks on the venerable Charles River. I actually got to drive the boat– that was awesome! The tour was definitely worth $28.99 leaving from the aquarium. Not only did we go to the Charles River, the tour guide drove us down the freedom trail as well as Cambridge (yes, drove the boat… it converts to a street vehicle. How much fun is that?) I found this tour very informative as I learned about the history of the Charles River and even saw the “stairs to no where” that Leonardo DiCaprio ran up in the movie Departed. Our guide was friendly,full of good insights and information and very courteous.

Leonardo Dicaprio

Please enjoy the video of Boston Duck Tour:

So after the tour was over, I rushed over to Legal Seafood, which is where the locals highly recommended I dine… I made a reservation prior to boarding the Boston Duck tour. The staff was very friendly and the food was good but the cost wasn’t appealing. $26 plus a tip is not a good way to budget if you want to stay under $80 so I’d recommend the crab roll which is only $15 or you can grab a lobster roll from the concession stands outside for $12. And for desert you MUST go to Parkers Restaurant home of the original Boston Creme pie (and originator of Parker House rolls), ask for the concierge Rebecca Bacstrom. Not only is she a delight, she’s also very knowledgeable about the area.


Parkers Boston Cream Pie

Well it was time for me to start heading back to the airport but before I left I took a look at the famous Swan Boats in the beautiful Boston Public Gardens.. This area is located at the end of the Freedom Trail and FYI the original Cheers Bar is located here as well. The Public Gardens were created in 1837 and became the nation’s first public botanical park. With trails meant for strolling, thousands flock here to spend the day surrounded by nature and to ride the Swan Boats. For less than $3 you get an idyllic 15 minute glide around the pond showcasing lovely grounds. The ride is not only a great value, but it’s wheelchair accessible.  (www.swanboats.com)

Boston swan boat

I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to, but I accomplished alot in a short time. My short, impulsive trip left me certain of two things: Boston has lots to offer, and CecilyTravels will be back to uncover more travel gems for you!


Did you stay under budget? Boston Tour $28.99 Dunkin Donut $2.39 Round trip train pass $4 Legal Seafood $30 Airtain+Subway roundtrip $14 Total $79.38

Any tips I should keep in mind? There are tons of tours that you can pay to do that will take you around the Freedom trail BUT it’s really not necessary to pay a guide when you can grab a map and walk it yourself.

Fun Facts you learned on the Boston Duck Tour? Harvard Statue of John Harvard is called the statue of lies. #1 The statue isn’t of John Harvard it’s actually a college student,nobody knew how John Harvard looked. #2 John Harvard was not the founder, he was a financial contributor. #3 Harvard wasn’t founded in 1683 it was founded in 1636.

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