San Francisco Tourism Discounts

San Francisco Painted Ladies

Whether you consider San Francisco a favorite vacation destination or your only images of The Golden Gate City are ones you gathered from re-runs of Full House, you’ll find that the city’s unique flare and eclectic mix of people and attractions will keep you captivated for the entire duration of your trip—however long that may be! Old cable cars, Victorian “Painted Ladies,” and historic Fisherman’s Wharf contribute to San Fran’s picturesque charm, while landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will leave you in awe. Although San Francisco is becoming known for its rising cost of living, tourists needn’t be too concerned, as San Francisco tourism discounts are in abundance, and many events are free or offered at a low cost. For the most popular San Francisco attractions, you can use a Go San Francisco Card or Go Select San Francisco Pass to obtain big … [Read more...]

‘Tis the Season at California Academy of Sciences

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The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is equipped with all the makings for a most festive winter season celebration at 'Tis the Season for Science! An educational and exhilarating experience for the whole family, and included in your Go San Francisco card, a visit to this 412,000 square foot green museum is a must-see! Interactive Reindeer Discovery Explore the extraordinary traits that enable reindeer to stay warm and survive in harsh conditions, observe their behavioral patterns for finding food, attracting mates, and traveling father each year than any other land mammal. You’ll have the opportunity to feel the unique insulating properties of reindeer fur, see the world through a reindeers eyes in an ultraviolet light simulator, control the growth of reindeer antlers, and discover the physics behind how reindeer run. You’ll also meet two five-year-old, … [Read more...]

Batkid saves San Francisco


The Make-a-Wish Foundation in  San Francisco created an entire day catered to 5-year-old cancer patient Miles Scott's dream, inspiring waves of good feelings and donations for the foundation and even getting President Obama to issue his inaugural Vine via Twitter. Miles asked Make-a-Wish to allow him to spend a day saving the city of San Francisco from a variety off issues while pretending to be caped crusader Batkid. Miles’ day began with having the San Francisco Chronicle's entire front page dedicated to him and it only got better from there. The young boy, who finished his treatments in June, also got to drive his own Batmobile, save a damsel in distress, foil the Riddler's robbery and rescue the San Francisco Giants mascot (who calls AT&T Park home) from the Penguin. As if that wasn’t enough to feel good about, Miles’ cancer is in remission. The Make-a-Wish … [Read more...]

School Trip Ideas and Deals


Now that Labor Day is over and you’ve stowed all those white clothes away until next year, it’s time to start focusing on the fall. Football season is starting, baseball season is coming to a close and the kids are headed back to school sooner rather than later. Sometimes the transition from summer fun back to the real world can be a rocky one. Make it a little easier by seeing if your kids are going to be heading on any fun school trips early on in the year. If not, here are a few suggestions about places that offer School Trip Deals that are exciting as well as educational. Students in the Boston area will probably get a kick out of taking a Plymouth Plantation Tour. Massachusetts is full of historical cities and Plymouth certainly qualifies. One of the original places in the U.S. where industry flourished and free trade was encouraged, Plymouth offers visitors a chance to … [Read more...]

Family Things to do in San Francisco


There are so many things to do in the City by the Bay that your family is probably going to have some differing opinions about how to spend their time. Put an end to any minor disagreements by investing in the San Francisco Family Attractions package. The San Francisco Family Attractions discount package by Smart Destinations saves a family of four over $75 at Aquarium of the Bay, California Academy of Sciences, AT&T Park & a Bay Cruise! A nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, the Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium and its iconic location on PIER 39 boasts two magnificent crystal clear tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained Bay water filled with around 20,000 marine animals. The Aquarium of the Bay’s newest exhibit, Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, opened on Friday, June 28. The exhibit, which features … [Read more...]

California Academy of Sciences Discount Tickets


Located at 5 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is certainly one of the most unique attractions that the city of San Francisco has to offer. The Academy’s 400,000-square-foot building is a relatively new addition to the park and it is certainly a welcome one. The California Academy of Sciences’s facility houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, a four-story rainforest (all under the same roof) and serves as the home base for the Academy’s staff of over 70 world-class scientists. And don’t think that since the Academy is home to so many different attractions that any of them are subpar. The California Academy of Sciences adheres to top industry standards in the museum and aquarium communities and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Although experiencing natural disasters certainly has the … [Read more...]

San Francisco Museums Discount Tickets


If you get tired of riding trolley cars and taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge during your visit to San Francisco, a San Francisco Museum Pass good be a wise investment. The San Francisco Museum Pass by Smart Destinations saves you 34% on admission to the California Academy Of Sciences, de Young Museum & Asian Art Museum! Save time & money! Located at 5 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy Of Sciences is one of the top science institutions on the west coast and was recently named one of the “New Wonders of the World” by Conde Nast Traveler. The Academy’s mission is to find finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public by conducting leading-edge research and educational outreach. The 412,000-square-foot is physically impressive and its contents - which include an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, … [Read more...]

Aquarium of the Bay Discount Tickets


Located at on PIER 39 at the Embarcadero at Beach Street, Aquarium of the Bay is slightly off the beaten path in San Francisco, but it is well worth the trip. Known as one of San Francisco’s top attractions, be sure to save on admission to the Aquarium of the Bay and places like the California Academy of Sciences and   Six Flags Discovery Kingdom with a Go San Francisco Card discount attractions pass. Save money and skip lines! Many visitors to Aquarium of the Bay start off their experience by checking out Discover the Bay, a combination of eight exhibits featuring different and distinctive ecosystems that support an incredibly wide variety of marine life. Featuring over a thousand aquatic animals - including the bright orange Garibaldi, green moray eels, anchovies and rockfish of varying colors - this exhibit will make sure you walk out knowing more than you did when you walked … [Read more...]

Fun Things to do in San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences


Looking for fun things to do in San Francisco? ‘Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences, and you’re invited. ‘Tis the Season for Science is the Academy’s annual season-long holiday celebration, featuring special exhibits, winter festivities, and fun events! This year’s theme is about how animals adapt to the winter, whether they migrate like birds and butterflies or stay put and hibernate like bears. The celebration lasts through January 6, 2013: Take a look at what’s going on!   Live Reindeer Meet a pair of live reindeer in the California Academy of Science’s East Garden. Daily at 12 noon, gather around for a face-to-face experience with these two enchanting creatures. You’ll learn about their annual migration of up 3,000 miles per year and about why reindeer are so important for the ecosystems of the far north. For a short time only, … [Read more...]

5 Halloween Activities for Kids


Halloween weekend is quickly approaching, and your kids will be aching to get out of the house for some slightly-spooky, totally exciting Halloween festivities. Fortunately, there are plenty of San Francisco attractions for kids that go above and beyond neighborhood trick-or-treating, and we’ve rounded up the top five for your family. Whether you’re looking for something to do indoors or outdoors, during the day or in the evening, we’ve covered all the bases for kid-oriented entertainment that captures the essence of the season. We promise, nothing too scary or grotesque—only age-appropriate family fun!   Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch Open Daily, 9 AM – 10 PM 1620 7th Avenue, San Francisco In 1979, Clancy's opened the first pumpkin patch in San Francisco, and they've providing fall family entertainment ever since. During the entire month of October, you can bring … [Read more...]