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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 more than 25 attractions and tours. 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, or five 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 are 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, take a look at the San Francisco sights, attractions, and tours offered with the card. I've grouped them both by type of activity and location. You will also see the full retail value of each one so you can calculate your savings.

You won't be able to do them all, nor I did attempt to squeeze all of them into the suggested day plans below, but if something on the list catches your eye that I didn't select for one of the sample itineraries, simply substitute it.

The Go San Francisco card gives you lots of freedom to pick and choose depending on the activities and attractions that most interest you.

Activities in San Francisco

All of these San Francisco sights are either right in the city or else the ticket includes transportation out of and back to the city.

Tour/Attraction

Neighborhood

Full Adult Retail Value

Cruises
Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry Fisherman's Wharf $18.00
Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise (Red & White Fleet) Fisherman's Wharf $38.00
Escape from the Rock (Blue & Gold Fleet) Fisherman's Wharf $37.00
Golden Gate Bay Cruise (Red & White Fleet) Fisherman's Wharf $30.00
Museums
Aquarium of the Bay Fisherman's Wharf $24.95
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Fisherman's Wharf $27.00
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Fisherman's Wharf $23.00
Beat Museum North Beach $8.00
Exploratorium Embarcadero $29.95
California Historical Society South of Market (SOMA) $5.00
Contemporary Jewish Museum South of Market (SOMA) $14.00
SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) South of Market (SOMA) $25.00
Asian Art Museum Civic Center $15.00
de Young Museum Golden Gate Park $15.00
California Academy of Sciences Golden Gate Park

$34.95

Legion of Honor Lands End $15.00
Tours
Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus 2-Day Tour All Major SF Neighborhoods $55.00
AT&T Ballpark Tour South of Market (SOMA) $22.00
Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour OR Full Day Wine Country Tour Fisherman's Wharf (pick-up & drop-off point) $99.00
Other Activities
All-Day Bike Rental from Blazing Saddles Fisherman's Wharf, Embarcadero, Union Square (bike pick-up locations) $32.00
San Francisco Dungeon Fisherman's Wharf $27.00
30-Minute GoCar Rental Union Square (car pick-up location) $15.77

Activities Outside of San Francisco

Transportation is not included with the following admission tickets for these other Bay Area attractions. Some are accessible by public transit, but they are easiest to visit by car.

Tour/Attraction City/Location Full Adult Retail Value
East Bay
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo $67.99
UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Berkeley $10.00
USS Hornet Museum Alameda $20.00
South Bay
California's Great America Santa Clara $66.99

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

However, this does make it a little overwhelming. So, how will you plan out your days? Check out my suggested itineraries below.

1-Day Suggested Itinerary

My recommendation for Day One is to visit the San Francisco tourist attractions at Fisherman's Wharf. From here, you will also embark on a one-hour cruise of the SF Bay.

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.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult Retail Price Estimated Time for Each
Golden Gate Bay Cruise (Red & White) $30.00 1 hr
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum $27.00 1 hr
Aquarium of the Bay $24.95 2 hrs
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum $23.00 2 hrs
Total Retail Cost $104.95
Cost 1-Day Go Card $65.00
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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, one of my favorite San Francisco sights and a must-see stop that's full of museums and attractions.

There, you'll visit the most popular museum in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences. Right across the way is the de Young fine arts museum, another favorite that always has great traveling exhibits.

From Golden Gate Park, you can then head north to Lincoln Park in the Lands End neighborhood to check out the Legion of Honor, another renowned art museum known for its stunning views.

This may seem like a lot of museums for one day, but because they are all located within the beautiful parks of San Francisco's west end, you can always take breaks for fresh air, explore the trails around them, and admire their exquisite settings.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult Retail Price Estimated Time for Each
California Academy of Sciences $34.95 2 to 3 hrs
de Young Museum $15.00 2 hrs
Legion of Honor $15.00 2 hrs
Total Retail Cost - Day 2 $64.95
Total Retail Cost - Days 1 & 2 $169.90
Cost 2-Day Go Card

$90

3-Day Suggested Itinerary

If you opt for the three-day Go San Francisco Card, I'd take advantage of the opportunity to get out of the city and discover Northern California's wine country. The card offers you a choice between the combined Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour, and the Full Day Wine Country Tour.

Note that Rixos Tours provides transportation from Fisherman's Wharf over the Golden Gate Bridge to the North Bay attractions and back (with the option of hopping off in Sausalito on the return trip). However, the tour does not include the actual admission or wine tasting fees.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult Retail Price Estimated Time for Each
Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour $99.00 8 hrs
Full Day Wine Country Tour $95.00 8 hrs
Total Retail Cost - Day 3 $99.00
Total Retail Cost - Days 1 - 3 $268.90
Cost 3-Day Go Card $115.00

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? If you choose the full five-day option, here's how I'd spend the extra two days of great card benefits.

On day 4, I'd head back to the museums. There are still some very popular museums left on the list. The bottom three are all within a block of each other in SOMA and the Asian Art Museum is only a short mile-long walk or Muni ride away.

  San Francisco Sights Full Adult
Retail Value
Estimated Time to Visit
Asian Art Museum $15.00 2 hrs
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) $25.00 2 hrs
California Historical Society $5.00 1 hr
Contemporary Jewish Museum $14.00 2 hrs
Total Retail Cost - Day 4 $59.00

On day 5, I'd head back to the San Francisco tourist attractions near Fisherman's Wharf for a fun adventure day.

The "Escape from the Rock" cruise takes you onto the bay and provides great close-up views and stories of Alcatraz Island. When back at the wharf, head into the San Francisco Dungeon, which is part thrill ride and part theatrical experience. And finally, spend the rest of the day biking around to your favorite parts of the city at your leisure.

San Francisco Sights Full Adult
Retail Value
Estimated Time for Each
Escape from the Rock (Blue & Gold Tour) $37.00 1.5 hr
San Francisco Dungeon $27.00 2 hrs
Bike Rental from Blazing Saddles $32.00 All Day
Total Retail Cost - Day 5 $96.00
Total Retail Cost - Days 4 & 5 $155.00
Total Retail Cost - Days 1 - 5 $423.90
Cost 5-Day Go Card $150.00

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 savings mentioned above, you will also receive a San Francisco coupon booklet that includes even more savings on restaurants and shops around the city.

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 $65
2-Day $90
3-Day $115
5-Day $150

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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