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San Francisco Sights

Tips for Using the Go San Francisco Card
to Save Money on Attractions, Tours & Other Activities

Are you looking for a way to save on San Francisco sights? You can save quite a bit of money with the Go San Francisco discount card.

go san francisco cardThis card includes tickets to 31 attractions and tours. In fact, it's a little overwhelming how many options are included with this pass. However, if you use it to its full potential, you will see most of San Francisco at a fraction of the cost.

This San Francisco discount card is flexible. You can buy it for one, two, three, five or seven days. During each day, you can visit as many attractions and take as many tours as you want.

To help simplify your planning process and fully understand the benefits of this card, I pulled together some suggested itineraries for you. I grouped together the attractions that were close to each other, so you won't lose time getting from one place to the next each day.

This allows you to see as many San Francisco attractions as possible and maximize your savings with the Go San Francisco discount card.

Overview

Before we get started, I'd like to give you some idea on the San Francisco sights, attractions and tours offered with the card. A couple are not included in the itineraries below, so wanted to give you the entire list in case you want to make some replacements.

I grouped them by type of activity and location. You will also see the full retail value of each one, so you can calculate your savings with any substitutions you make in the suggested itineraries.

Activities in San Francisco

All of these San Francisco sights are either right in the city or the transportation included with the ticket picks up and drops off in the city.

Tour/Attraction

Neighborhood

Full Adult Retail Price

Cruises
Angel Island w/Round Trip Ferry Fishermans Wharf (Pier 41 1/2) $17.00
Bridge to Bridge Cruise Fishermans Wharf $36.00
Escape from the Rock (Blue & Gold Tour) Fishermans Wharf $36.00
Golden Gate Bay Cruise (Red & White) Fishermans Wharf $28.00
Museums
Aquarium of the Bay Fishermans Wharf $21.95
Asian Art Museum Civic Center $15.00
Beat Museum North Beach $8.00
California Academy of Sciences Golden Gate Park

$29.95

California Historical Society South of Market (SOMA) $5.00
Cartoon Art Museum South of Market (SOMA) $8.00
Conservatory of Flowers Golden Gate Park $8.00
Contemporary Jewish Museum South of Market (SOMA) $12.00
de Young Museum Golden Gate Park $10.00
Exploratorium Embarcadero $29.00
Haas Lilienthal House Pacific Heights $8.00
Legion of Honor Lands End $10.00
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Fisherman's Wharf $18.99
SS Jeremiah O'Brien Fisherman's Wharf $12.00
Yerba Buena Center of Arts South of Market (SOMA) $10.00
Tours
AT&T Ballpark Tour South of Market (SOMA) $22.00
Wine Tasting Tour (Napa & Sonoma) Tour start & ends in San Francisco - pick up available from many hotels in the city $88.00
Trolley Hop On/Hop Off Pier 39 $35.00
Other Activities
Bay City Bike Rentals Fishermans Wharf (bike pick up location) $32.00
GoCar Tours Fishermans Wharf (car pick up location) $24.50
Children's Creativity Museum and Carousel South of Market (SOMA) $15.00

Activities Outside of San Francisco

You will need your own transportation to get to all of the following locations. Some are accessible by public transportation, but you will need a car to visit the majority of these attractions.

Tour/Attraction City/Location Full Adult Retail Price
East Bay Attractions & Activities
UC Botanical Garden Berkley Berkley $10.00
USS Hornet Oakland $16.00
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo $66.61
Sausalito
Bacchus and Venus Wine Tasting and Art Gallery Sausalito $10.00
South Bay
California's Great America Santa Clara $62.99
Whale Watching in Monterey Monterey $37.00

As you can see - there is a LOT to choose from with this card. It's a great card because you will get to see so many San Francisco sights.

However, this does make it a little overwhelming. How do you plan out your days? Below are some suggested itineraries for each day.

1-Day Suggested Itinerary

My recommendation for day one is to visit the San Francisco tourist attractions in Fishermans Wharf. The great thing about this itinerary is that it also includes a one hour cruise on the bay and a two hour city tour.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult Retail Price Estimated Time for Each
Golden Gate Bay Cruise (Red & White) $28.00 1 hr
S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien $12.00 1 hr
Aquarium of the Bay $21.95 2 hrs
Ripley's Believe It or Not $18.99 2 hrs
Total Retail Cost $80.94
Cost 1-Day Go Card $57.99

It is a busy day, but still gives you time to rest between visits to the San Francisco sights. All of these are within just a few blocks of each other, so it will be quick to get from one San Francisco tour or attraction to the next.

Golden Gate Bridge
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alcatraz prison tours
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2-Day Suggested Itinerary

If you decide on the two day card, I'd keep day one as outlined above. On day two, I'd head over to Golden Gate Park. The California Academy of Sciences is the most popular and visited museums in San Francisco. It's one of my favorite San Francisco sights too and a must see on a trip to San Francisco.

The deYoung Museum is a fine arts museum. It is right next to the California Academy of Sciences. It's another favorite and always has some great traveling exhibits.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a living museum with flowers and other plants from around the world. It is just a couple of blocks from the other two museums, so you can easily reach it during your visit.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult Retail Price Estimated Time for Each
California Academy of Sciences $29.95 2 to 3 hrs
Conservatory of Flowers $8.00 1 hr
de Young Museum $10.00 2 hrs
Total Retail Cost - Day 2 $47.95
Total Retail Cost - Days 1 & 2 $128.86
Cost 2-Day Go Card

$82.99

3-Day Suggested Itinerary

For the three day Go San Francisco Card, I'd add on some wine tasting. This Skyline wine tasting tour includes a visit to both Napa and Sonoma wineries.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult Retail Price Estimated Time for Each
GrayLine Wine Tasting Tour $88.00 9 hrs
Total Retail Cost - Day 3 $88.00
Total Retail Cost - Days 1 - 3 $216.86
Cost 3-Day Go Card $114.99

Are you ready to book? Find out more about booking a one, two or three day Go San Francisco Card.

5-Day Suggested Itinerary

Can you believe there are still some great San Francisco sights to see with the Go San Francisco Card?

On day 4, I'd head back to the museums. There are still a few very popular museums on the list that you should visit on day 4. The bottom three are all within a block of each other and a couple of them won't take much time to visit.

  San Francisco Sights Full Adult
Retail Value
Estimated Time to Visit
Asian Art Museum $15.00 2 hrs
Cartoon Art Museum $8.00 1 hr
California Historical Society $5.00 1 hr
Contemporary Jewish Museum $12.00 2 hrs
Total Retail Cost - Day 4 $40.00

On day 5, I'd head back to the San Francisco tourist attractions near Fishermans Wharf. Here is what I would do on the fifth day.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult
Retail Value
Estimated Time for Each
Escape from the Rock (Blue & Gold Tour) $36.00 1 hr
Bay City Bike Rentals $32.00 3 hrs
Bacchus and Venus Wine Tasting and Art Gallery in Sausalito $12.00 1 hr
Total Retail Cost - Day 5 $80.00
Total Retail Cost - Days 4 & 5 $120.00
Total Retail Cost - Days 1 - 5 $336.86
Cost 5-Day Go Card $149.99

The Bacchus wine tasting is across the bay in Sausalito. You can easily take a ferry over to the tasting and spend the afternoon looking around the shops there. Many people also bike over the bridge to Sausalito.

7-Day Suggested Itinerary

If you love to go, go, go on your trips, there is still plenty to do on days six and seven. Here are some ideas for day six.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult
Retail Cost
Estimated Time
to Visit
Angel Island w/Round Trip Ferry $17.00 7 to 8 hrs
Total Retail - Day 6 $17.00

To finish out your visit, here is what I would see and do on my final day.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult
Retail Cost
Estimated Time
to Visit
AT&T Ballpark Tour $17.50 1.5 hrs
Exploratorium $29.00 2 - 3 hrs
GoCar Tours $24.50 .5 hrs
Total Retail - Day 7 $71.50
Total Retail - Days 6 & 7 $88.00
Total Retail - Days 1 - 7 $442.86
Cost 7-Day Go Card $174.99

The savings with this card are fantastic. The number of days you decide to purchase depends on how you like to travel.

You can mix and match the above itineraries to suite your own needs. You can also change a few things around to make it the right trip for you.

In addition to the saving above, you will also receive a San Francisco coupon booklet. It includes even more savings on restaurants and shops around the city.

Here is a downloadable version of the itineraries outlined above. This way you can print it out and bring it along with you.

Costs for the Go San Francisco Card

As a quick recap, here is a chart that shows you side by side the cost for all options with the Go San Francisco Card.

Days Adult Price
1-Day $57.99
2-Day $82.99
3-Day $114.99
5-Day $149.99
7-Day $174.99

Are you ready to see some of the best San Francisco sights and save? Find your dates and book the Go San Francisco Card.

Disclaimer: All prices, estimates and attractions are subject to change without prior notice.

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