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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

San Francisco’s Annual Architecture and the City Festival


September in San Francisco is nationally known for its warm, dry days—perfect for ample sightseeing and beach-going. This first month of fall is also recognized in the Bay Area as a time to celebrate San Francisco’s diverse and exceptional architecture with the annual Architecture and the City festival, now in its 9th year running. Since its founding in 2003, the Architecture and the City festival has quickly become the largest architecture and design festival in the nation. During the entire month of September, San Francisco locals and visitors are invited to explore the area’s architectural feats through tours, films, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and more. Through these opportunities, the curious public will learn about the ways in which design “permeates, informs, and … [Read more...]

California Academy of Sciences Adventure Giveaway

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Don’t miss out on your chance to win a 3-day, 2-night trip to San Francisco, the world-renowned “City by the Bay” known for its distinct culture and top-of-the-line attractions. From now until August 10th only, Smart Destinations is partnering with the California Academy of Sciences to offer you the chance to win an all-inclusive trip to San Francisco for two, complete with airfare, a 2-night hotel stay, two 3-day Go San Francisco Cards, and two special “Behind the Scenes Tour” tickets to the California Academy of Sciences! Just head to our Facebook page,, and click on the “Giveaway!” tab to fill out an entry form—no purchase necessary!  Wondering what there is to do in San Francisco? With your Go San Francisco Cards … [Read more...]

Just a Sprint Away from Race Day

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There’s hardly a city more perfect than San Francisco to play host to a marathon event. Perhaps that’s why the San Francisco Marathon draws 25,000 runners and over 100,000 spectators to the city each summer. This year, the races—hosted once again by Wipro—will take place on July 29th. The 26-mile main event loops around the magnificent city, starting at the Embarcadero. Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Haight Street, the Mission, and AT&T Park are just a few of the spectacular attractions marathoners will by pass by as they make their way towards the finish line back at the Embarcadero. Of course, enthusiastic spectators line the streets and landmarks during the event, adding a particularly festive atmosphere to the day. Runners … [Read more...]

EARTHQUAKE Opening at California Academy of Sciences!

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“San Francisco—and California too—are no strangers to the awesome power of earthquakes,” said Dr. Greg Farrington, Executive Director of  the California Academy of Sciences, when introducing the Academy’s newest exhibit, EARTHQUAKE in a recent press release. The exhibit is set to open May 26th, and will fill the entire west hall of the Academy with an earthquake simulator, a walk-through model of the Earth, and even live baby ostriches (we’ll explain later). As part of the exhibit, the Academy will also be introducing an earthquake-themed Planetarium show called Evidence of a Restless Planet as well as daily programs and hands-on demonstrations throughout the Academy. Here’s a closer look at the exhibits, including the reason why ostriches are popping up in an exhibit … [Read more...]