San Francisco Winter Events

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With February averages around 60 degrees Fahrenheit; San Francisco offers a mild climate that serves as an oasis for visitors from all parts of the world! As a host to world-class museums, booming events, and a variety of entertainment options, San Francisco is the ultimate city to beat winter blues while still sporting your favorite sweater! So which type of San Francisco retreat is right for you and your travel companions?   The Getaway: If you’re looking to get some fresh air, relax, and enjoy the spoils of sipping on your favorite wine under the sun, the Wine Country Tour is the perfect plan for you! Conveniently departing from San Francisco, you’ll be transported to the gorgeous Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Northern California wine country to sample premium wines, learn the insider scoop on production techniques, and take in the sensational sights. The fall and winter … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Halloween in San Francisco

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San Francisco’s top attractions are celebrating Halloween in style! Make your San Francisco Halloween unforgettable this year by paying a visit to some of the most renowned attractions in their spookiest state! Freaky Fun for the Family Aquarium of the Bay October 25th – 27th | All day Candy cauldrons, freaky fish scavenger hunts, and special treats. Witness exhilarating performances by divers as they carve pumpkins – underwater! Freaky Fun at Aquarium of the Bay has all the makings for a memorable Halloween experience.   Halloween: Spooky Storytime Children’s Creativity Museum October 31st 3:00pm-3:30pm Take your little tykes (Ages 6 and under) to the Children’s Creativity Museum’s Community Lab. Get into the spirit of Halloween with Spooky Storytime! After a bit of a fright, explore the many studios, labs, and exhibits that encourage your young … [Read more...]

San Francisco Attraction Closings for Government Shutdown


We've all heard a lot about the fact that the recent government shut down is causing some popular tourist attractions, national parks, and monuments to close for the indefinite future. In San Francisco, this unfortunately affects Alcatraz Island, which will be closed for tours for the duration of the shutdown. However, there are still plenty of popular San Francisco attractions that you can enjoy during your visit -- including the Escape from the Rock Cruise, a tour around Alcatraz Island that's equally informative as a stop inside and is a better photo-op to boot. If you're interested in arts and culture, San Francisco has some of the best art-friendly attractions around. Visit the nationally renowned de Young Museum for one of the finest collections of American painting on the West Coast, or stop by the SFMOMA for work and performances by emerging artists. Fisherman's Wharf is one … [Read more...]

San Francisco Blues Festival


It only makes sense that the city that hosts one of the nation's largest free Jazz festivals (which takes place each year on Fillmore Street), would start welcoming the Blues into town as well. This weekend (September 21 & 22) in San Francisco, the 4th Annual Polk Street Blues Festival is going down from 10-6 on, you guessed it, Polk Street (between Pacific and Union Streets). Featuring two main stages, a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, gourmet food booths, and a large family area, the Blues Fest will be taking place if the sun is shining or if storm clouds are rolling though. For folks who are visiting from out of town (and have possibly purchased a Go Select San Francisco Pass) a trip up to Polk Street can provide a nice departure from the crowded downtown San Francisco chain stores. While the list of artists who are performing at the Blues Fest (see below) will get … [Read more...]

Maker Faire San Francisco


This isn’t your typical show and tell. The Maker Faire is the World’s most diverse display of creativity and innovation in technology, science, craft, fashion, art, food, and more! At this family-friendly festival, meet over 350 passionate makers as they proudly display their projects, and participate in hands on activities to foster new skills. While you may not walk away a master of chiseling hand-made spoons, nor the engineer behind the next technological breakthrough, the Maker Faire will inevitably inspire you.  Every year there are first-time makers as well as returning favorites. Filled with an incredible variety of exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances, the Maker Fair is entertaining, interactive, informative, and fun! A favorite San Francisco attraction for locals and visitors alike, don't be surprised if you return home with a new interest or … [Read more...]

San Francisco Wine Country Tour

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Are you the queen of chardonnay, the king of sauvignon, or the master of merlot? Time to trek over the Golden Gate Bridge and escape the excitement of the city for a full-day bus excursion on a Wine Country Tour! One of the most unique San Francisco attractions, it is a California must-do! When we envision a trip to San Francisco, we typically think of its steep hills, the beautiful bay, the trolleys, and beyond. But if we take a step just outside this metropolitan area and aim north, we are transported to a completely different landscape. Embark on a picturesque journey to Napa Valley, Sonoma, and the stunning wineries along the way. Explore small boutique wineries, as well as the large-scale operations, and enjoy enchanting wine tastings and informative production demonstrations. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or a complete rookie to the beloved fermented beverage, you’ll … [Read more...]

Planning for Summer Vacations and Trips in the US


Looking for an attraction pass that gives you discounted admission to sights, attractions, tours and the best experiences in multiple US cities? Smart Destinations has the solution! With our affordable All-Inclusive Attractions Passes, you can select your desired attractions for each of your destination cities at one low cost. With discounts of up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions, rest assured that you and your family can make the most of your getaway in the United States! Planning for U.S. summer vacations should never be a stressful process. At Smart Destinations, we've developed strategies on how to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible. Save Time: Skip the ticket line at popular U.S. attractions when you flash your Smart Destinations pass Have Flexibility: Visit any or all of the included attractions, without schedule … [Read more...]

San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo San Francisco style! The 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 4th, is jam-packed with entertainment, live music, and fun for the entire family. Because of the many contributions made by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and Latinos in the United States, this holiday is fondly celebrated by people of all walks of life. Beginning at 10:00am, head over to Dolores Park and experience the celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Entertainment Lineup: 10:00am Zumba-thon Exercise Class ($10 donation requested) Zumba is an exciting, effective, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance that will get you moving! 11:45am Welcome by Mission Neighborhood Centers Kicking off the festival right – the Senior Chorus will perform, as well as El Chiquilin from Univision Radio Latino Mix 12:45pm Performance by The Mission District Young Musicians Program Directed … [Read more...]

San Francisco Family Fun Pass Discounts


You deserve to relax and unwind on your vacation, while still fitting in plenty of attractions and activities. Peeling through tour pamphlets and guidebooks and web sites to find attractions at competitive pricing can be time-consuming and exhausting. With Smart Destination's San Francisco Family FunPass, you don’t need to stress over your vacation itinerary - or your budget! By combining these amazing attractions into one Family FunPass, you’ll be saving 41%! So, get your nose out of that dated guidebook, because the stellar Family FunPass package is an exhilarating San Francisco vacation made easy.    Aquarium of the Bay: Founded on the principles of conservation, San Francisco’s official aquarium brings you through three diverse environments that show off the riches beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay. You’ll begin your tour with an introduction to the … [Read more...]