Gift Options for Friend
by Patrick S.
Hi - great informational site! We have a friend who has just moved to the City, and we are interested in giving him something like the Go Card, but he would not be able to do all these things in one single week, since he is working. Is there any comparable gift card that can be used over a more prolonged period, so that we can get him familiar with all of these incredible places as a new citizen of San Francisco?
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This is a great question and I’m excited for your friend’s new adventure!
Here are some of the options available. I also included a few resources from my site that he can use to explore the city at his own pace without having to do too much research.
Go Select City Pass - San Francisco
This is probably the closest one to match your request. It’s similar to the Go Card and managed by the same company. However, your friend will have 30 days to visit all the attractions after he activates the card.
You start the process by picking the attractions and activities from Go Card’s list online. You then write your message to your friend and they will email the gift directly to him.
The list of attractions is more expansive than the pre-packaged card you typically see through Go Card. It includes the hot spots such as the California Academy of Sciences and the Aquarium of the Bay.
However, it also allows you to add tickets to Alcatraz, a night tour around the city and the Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour. I like this one better as it’s more flexible and includes tickets to Alcatraz.
Another benefit is that you can add as many attractions to the card as you think your friend will have time to visit in one month. As you add or remove activities, the price changes, so you can also create a package that fits into your budget.
Here is a link to their site. From this page, scroll to the bottom. You will see a present that says "Learn More About Great Gift Options".
On their gift card page, click on option #2, select San Francisco and a list of attractions will pop up. From here, select the attractions to build your gift card.
Other Ways to Explore SF
I recently added several one-day itineraries to my site. Right now, they are neighborhood based so your friend can easily explore each neighborhood in one day, at his own pace.
The most popular ones include Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and North Beach. You will also find the complete list here.
I’m expanding this section out soon to include itineraries based on themes such as The Perfect Day for Food Lovers, The Perfect Day for Wine Lovers, etc., so he can bookmark this page and use it when he is looking for a new way to explore the city.
Free Walking Tours through the SF Public Library
One of my favorite ways to explore the city is through the free walking tours given by the SF Public Library. They offer several each day, including a large number on the weekends.
You don’t have to register or anything to go on the walks. Simply show up a few minutes before the start time at the designated starting location. The guide will be there and request that everyone sign their form, so they can keep track of the number of people on each walk.
Even though they are free, they do request a small donation at the end. The organization is run by volunteers, but does have one or two staff members that keep it running. I usually give them around $5 or $7 per tour, which is cheap for a two hour guided walk.
You will find their website at www.sfcityguides.org. On their site, you will learn more about all of their tours including a calendar of upcoming options
50 Free SF Activities
This is another great resource for your friend. It is a list of all of the best free attractions and activities in the city. I update it frequently as new options become available.
It’s also a great way to get to know the city and the top free events offered throughout the year.
Click here to link directly to this page.
I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to add any comments to this page if you want additional resources or have any additional questions. I’m here to help.
Thanks again and I’m excited for your friends new adventure in San Francisco!