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San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

Discover the California Academy of Sciences located in the heart of Golden Gate Park where you can experience the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum all in one day. With hands-on exhibitions, shows, and public programs, you’re in for an action-packed science adventure. Plunge into the world’s deepest living indoor coral reef, home to nearly 60,000 live animals, representing more than 1,000 unique species. Meet the newest African penguin chicks, Pogo and Ozzie, and the rest of the colony of playful penguins in African Hall. Then pay a visit to the iconic alligator with albinism, Claude. Explore the wonders of our majestic state at our brand new exhibit, California: State of Nature, to see just how big, bold, and biodiverse nature can be. From forests to deserts, coasts to cities–explore the surprising and unexpected connections between species, places, and people that enable California to thrive with scientific specimens, engaging interactives, illuminating multimedia, fascinating models, and more! Catch the latest immersive show in the 75-foot planetarium, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, featuring different themes at varying times throughout the day. Step inside a lush, four-story rainforest teeming with life – from free-flying birds to exotic reptiles, amphibians, and more. Investigate hundreds of specimens and dabble in hands-on activities for children and adults alike in the Naturalist Center. The adventure continues outside with unique rooftop views on the 2.5 acre living roof. Then, take an opportunity to activate your child’s curiosity about the natural world in our outdoor nature play and exploration space, Wander Woods.

San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 30+ Attractions

San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 30+ Attractions

The San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access sightseeing pass that offers the ultimate in convenience, cost savings, and flexibility for visitors to the Bay Area. Customers choose 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day passes at a low, pre-paid price. Use the pass to gain access to any and all of the 30+ included attractions, saving up to 50%* off compared to full retail admissions. The California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, bay cruises, theme parks and rides, bike rental, and much more are all included! See below for the complete list. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. With the San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass, you’ll spend your time in the Bay Area collecting memories instead of credit card receipts. Attractions and activities included with the San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass: Tours, Cruises & Activities • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day Classic Tour • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • San Francisco Bay Cruise • Go Car San Francisco 30-min Rental •All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Murder, Mayhem and Music: True Crime Tales from the Haight • Ultimate LGBTQ+ Castro District Walking Tour • 2-Hour eBike Rental from Unlimited Biking • San Francisco 4-Hour Bike Rentals from Unlimited Biking • Mission District Foodie Walking Tour • Painted Ladies and Victorian Homes of Alamo Square Tour • Hands-on Ghost Hunting Tour of Chinatown • Golden Gate Park 24 Hour Rollerblade Rentals by Unlimited Biking • San Francisco Pier Fishing • San Francisco Pier Fishing Museums and Places of Interest • Aquarium of the Bay • Exploratorium • Madame Tussauds • California Academy of Sciences • The Walt Disney Family Museum • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • The Flyer at PIER 39 & 7D Ride Experience – Anytime Combo Ticket • California's Great America • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Legoland Discovery Center • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • USS Pampanito • Asian Art Museum • USS Hornet Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • The Beat Museum Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

Explore the nocturnal side of the California Academy of Sciences, the only place on Earth with an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum. Experience these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event, and sip on wine, beer, or a unique specialty cocktail available for purchase at bars throughout the museum. Get the party started with cool science and new unique themes every month. With live DJs, bars, ambiance lighting, and nearly 60,000 live animals (including familiar faces like Claude, our alligator with albinism), the night is sure to be wild. Meet the newest African penguin chicks, Pogo and Ozzie and the rest of the colony of playful penguins in Tusher African Hall. Catch the latest immersive show in the 75-foot planetarium, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, featuring different themes at varying times throughout the night. Step inside a lush, four-story rainforest teeming with life—from free-flying birds to exotic reptiles, amphibians, and more.

San Francisco: Private City Highlights Tour in a Jeep

San Francisco: Private City Highlights Tour in a Jeep

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore San Francisco in an open-air convertible Jeep. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Tick off all the sights on your bucket list, choosing between the most iconic landmarks in San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Littly Italy, Chinatown, Ferry Building, and the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. Enjoy an intimate private tour experience in a comfortable open-air vehicle as you explore the diverse terrain and sights of the Bay Area. 2 Hour tour highlights include: Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors, The Palace of Fine Arts, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands, The Presidio, Marina District, Union Square, North Beach Little Italy, Dragon’s Gate in Chinatown, and Lombard Street - the most crooked street (traffic permitting) 3 Hour route covers more amazing sites: Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park (De Young, Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers), Haight Ashbury, The Castro, and the Castro Theatre (optional stop), Mission Dolores Park, and street murals (optional stop), Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, Asian Art Museum and more.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Park Bike or eBike Rental w/ map

San Francisco: Golden Gate Park Bike or eBike Rental w/ map

Pedal your way through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, soaking in tons of sights and landmarks along its bike paths, or choose a longer bike rental or day pass to see both the Park and the Golden Gate Bridge on a 9-mile (14.5 km) bike ride. Start at the rental shop and get geared with all you need for your adventure, including a helmet, a map, a bike bag, and a bike lock, all included in the bike rental. Glide past the highlights of the Golden Gate Park including the Stow Lake Boathouse, California Academy of the Sciences, de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Dutch Windmill, and more. Follow a paved trail of around 4 miles (6.5 km) from one end of the park to the other. After your ride, you can return back to the rental shop, or head towards the Golden Gate Bridge to take in its 746-foot tall towers, sweeping cables, signature orange color, and Art Deco styling.  Upgrade to a pedal assist electric bike (16+) to boost your ride!

San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

This Alcatraz Island and San Francisco City Day Tour is for those that want to do more than just see the City - they want to experience it! Ride in comfort before you float the bay as you tour the city’s top attractions, on this San Francisco City tour. Our city insider guide goes way beyond a “hop-on, hop-off” experience to deliver a fully-narrated San Francisco sightseeing adventure. Stop #1 – Palace of Fine Arts After a morning pickup at one of two convenient San Francisco locations, your city tour will begin on San Francisco’s waterfront in the popular Fisherman’s Wharf before rolling through the Marina District on your way to your first stop. At the lovely (and highly-instagrammable) Palace of Fine Arts, you will have the chance to stop and photograph the historic building, grounds, and the stunningly beautiful lagoon. Stop #2 – Golden Gate Bridge Continue to the most iconic stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. Spend 10-15 minutes at a perfect vista point taking photos and creating memories. Stop #3 - Land’s End The next stop on your San Francisco City Highlights tour will be the historic Land’s End where you can stretch your legs while overlooking Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean coastline. Later, you will be blown away by the beauty of Golden Gate Park as you ride past Dutch windmills, Queen Wilhelmina’s tulip garden, the bison paddock, and old redwood and eucalyptus groves. Next, we'll take you through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, where you can see some of San Francisco's famous Victorian homes, known for their iconic architecture. Stop #4 - Twin Peaks Fog-permitting, the next stop on this tour gives you a birds-eye-view of the whole Bay Area from atop Twin Peaks. Here, you'll get an amazing panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais, Mount Diablo, the whole Bay and more from the viewpoint sitting 1,000 feet above sea level. To say it’s breathtaking would be an understatement! Stop #5 - Mission District The last stop will immerse you in the history of San Francisco’s early settlements, from Native Americans to Spanish missionaries. Learn more about Misión San Francisco de Asís, locally known as Mission Dolores, one of California's oldest and most historically important missions, and the site of the fledgling settlement of Yerba Buena, that would one day grow up to become San Francisco. After the City tour is over you will be in the Fisherman’s Wharf where you can enjoy lunch and see famous sea lions. Then, make our way to Pier 33 (10-minute walk) and board the ferry for your afternoon Alcatraz Island tour. Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island. The Alcatraz tour gives you time to roam and explore this historic island prison at your own pace. After touring Alcatraz to your heart’s content, grab one of the returning ferries to bring you back to your starting point at Pier 33.

San Francisco City Tour Small Group Half-Day

San Francisco City Tour Small Group Half-Day

Enjoy a glimpse into the culture and diversity of San Francisco's many districts with a comprehensive panoramic tour of the city. See the contrast between towering buildings and wild nature in the city that houses people from fishermen and winemakers to software engineers and financiers. Get picked up from your hotel and start your journey in the central square of the city, Union Square. Take in the elegant City Hall building and the impressive Public Library. Drive past the headquarters of the legendary Levi Strauss Company and hear how the Gold Rush is associated with jeans. Ride through diverse neighborhoods, including Haight-Ashbury, the birthplace of the hippies; the Castro, where LGBT people live; and the wealthy Sea Cliff and Richmond. Explore the world’s largest Chinatown and the Italian Quarter to learn why the Church of Peter and Paul is so remarkable. Enjoy the chance to come across sea lions at Pier 39 and take a walk along the chic promenade of the Marina area, reaching Park Presidio. Stand on the Land’s End, where daylight ends on the American continent, and take a photo overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. During your trip, you will also pass by other famous sites, such as Sutro Heights Botanical Garden, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Transamerica, California Academy of Sciences, Twin Peaks, and Alamo Square. Finally be dropped off back at your hotel.

GoCar 3-Hour Tour of San Francisco's Parks and Beaches

GoCar 3-Hour Tour of San Francisco's Parks and Beaches

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide through the beaches and city parks of San Francisco during this 3-hour tour. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Let GoCar guide you to San Francisco's lesser-known beaches such as China Beach and Baker Beach, infamous for a deadly shark attack. Wind past the Cliff House as you descend the cliffs, opening up the dramatic expanse of Ocean Beach. Next, you can visit famous Golden Gate Park and all its attractions, including live buffalo, the Japanese Tea Garden, the M. H. de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Conservatory of Flowers. If you are a fan of the 1960s and 70s, you can extend your tour to Haight-Ashbury, made famous by Janis Joplin, the Grateful dead, and Jefferson Airplane during the Summer of Love.

Nearly Private Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

Nearly Private Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

How do you get to really know a city? Have an SF native, show you the way in this nearly-private tour! (5 Guests max). This well-crafted, intimate, & flexible, tour is designed to provide the you with the greatest exposure to SF's culture, history, and recommended spots in the least amount of time. As you travel with the company owner/guide, You'll be introduced to the History & Current events of San Francisco in the form of an unscripted narration/conversation that is guaranteed to engage and amuse. Route/Attractions: 1.Fisherman's Wharf (Tour Start / Final Destination) 2.Pier 39 3.Ghirardelli Square 4.Lombard Street - We drive down "The Crookedest St in the world" 5.Palace of Fine Arts 6.Yoda fountain *Photo Stop* 7. Golden Gate Bridge *Photo Stop* 8. Sausalito 9. The Legion of Honor Museum 101 Golden Gate Park 11. California Academy of Sciences 12. de Young Museum 13. The Japanese Tea Garden 14. Haight-Ashbury 15. Painted Ladies *Photo Stop* 16. Japantown 17. Nob Hill 18. Chinatown 19. North Beach

San Fancisco: Golden Gate Park Surrey Rental

San Fancisco: Golden Gate Park Surrey Rental

Pedal through the designated surrey route in the majestic Golden Gate Park. Your two-person surrey will fit two adults and one or two small children in the front child seats, and the four-person surrey will fit four adults and one or two small children in the front child seats. You'll enjoy your hour-long surrey rental by traveling on a designated route in Golden Gate Park. Starting from the music concourse, you'll ride down JFK drive, passing the botanical gardens and Japanese Tea Garden and exploring the beauty this 1,000-acre park has to offer. Later, circle around the Stow Lake Boathouse, where you can see boaters paddling and birds nestling by the lake. The ride concludes past the museums back inside the Golden Gate Park. Particular points of interest that you will encounter include Kezar Stadium, Sharon Meadow, the Conservatory of Flowers, the California Academy of Flowers, the Shakespeare Gardens, the De Young Museum, and the Stow Lake Boathouse.

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I screenshot both our passes for even easier access from my phone, and the passes were accepted gladly everywhere we used them. Note: At the California Academy of Sciences, don't get in the "ticketed" line. Instead, go to the group tickets desk and have the passes turned into entry tickets, then get in the line. Second note: Blue & Gold fleet doesn't take these passes for reservations over the phone. Go to their ticket office on the Wharf to show the passes and make reservations, for same day or later sailing. We used the passes at the Exploratorium, Aquarium, Blue&Gold Bay Cruise, USS Pampanito submarine, Madame Tussaud's. Most entries would have been $30-$40, so the passes were a fabulous bargain.

It was phenomenal! Katya was superb! We got to see all we wanted and more plus we had tons of photo opps so we can remember this fantastic experience!

Great days in SF. The Go City all-inclusive pass has contributed to this. There were too many attractions so something for everyone

We had a great experience. Tickets were sold out on the Academy of Sciences website, so I was so happy to find them here.

Great interactive museum! don't underestimate the amount of time you can spend inside. It's great fun for the family.