By Dierdree Glassford Hospitality/Culinary Arts Major
When deciding on what to do for a special occasion, as a college student with very limited
funds, there is always so much that goes into it. Where do we go? Do we stay local, or is travel an
option? What would be enough, what would be too little? Where should we eat? Most of all though, the
real question is, Is this affordable?
There are so many questions that it can be extremely overwhelming, and sometimes the better
option would be to just stay in, order a pizza, and call it a night. Recently my partner and I celebrated
being together for two years. Two years may not seem like a lot, but whoa, to us it was an incredible
achievement. Celebrating that was important, but just because time has grown, doesn’t mean our
wallets have. So what to do?
Well, first step is to do your research! The options are endless and nonexistent, depending on
how you search. As a Boston native, I love going back into the city, but do not often find a decent
enough excuse. My Portland born and bred partner in crime has never really experienced Boston in all
its glory, and who better to show him around than someone who sort of remembers the way to the T
subway station? The aquarium was the top of our list, so I researched ticket prices there first, and that is
when I hit my jackpot.
The offer for the Citypass was simple: instead of paying separate prices for a handful of
awesome venues and sites, pay one price for less than all of them combined! It offered the opportunity
to attend the Boston Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, and
either the Prudential Skytower OR the Harvard Museum of Natural History! I could not believe the
deal! $50 per person to see it all!
See it all we did! With excited smiles on our face, we started the day off with sting rays and
eels, sea turtles and seals. Once we had exhausted that option it was time for lunch, so we munched at
Faneuil Hall, with its ever-growing list of food options, and listened to some live Latin guitar. Then off
to the Museum of Science, where we napped on a bed of nails, got friendly with Sullie and Mike from
Monsters Inc. at the Pixar exhibit (which we got a discounted admittance to because of the pass), and
sparked up some love in the Lighting Theater.
After an entire day of exciting exhibits and way too many selfies, we yet again grew an appetite.
As a huge fan of bubble tea and dumplings, we decided to head over to Chinatown for some authentic
cuisine! Then we headed to the Boston Commons, caught part of a ghost tour, and got some kettle corn
to bring home. At this point, our feet were swollen and we were exhausted, but we were still very
determined to see our last spot.
Saving the best for last, we high tailed it to the Prudential Tower, where we went up 50 floors
and saw the sight of a lifetime. Boston, with all of its twinkling lights, looking like our very own
galaxy right here on Earth, was breathtaking. We looked out, as far as the eye could see, and were just
in awe. Our day in Boston coming to an end, we could not be more grateful for a day spent with our
loved one, exploring new sights, and experiencing the city. Looking for an inexpenxive way to see it
all? Grab a Citypass!