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San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

1. San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The superb complex incorporates all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe! Don’t miss the African penguins – and 38,000 other live animals – at the California Academy of Sciences in the heart of Golden Gate Park, a must-see attraction in San Francisco. Rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light or journey deep into the oceans of the world as the Academy boldly brings life to life. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the American alligator with albinism, and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio, and the rest of the South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes, and so much more. Catch the latest amazing digital planetarium show, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, held 7-10 times a day. Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum housed under a living roof will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the universe.

Entry Tickets: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

2. Entry Tickets: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

SFMOMA now expands to 170,000 square feet, featuring outstanding holdings of more than 33,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Julie Mehretu, and numerous others, including an entire floor dedicated solely to photography. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, a variety of dining options, and a Museum store offering artful gift options for everyone, SFMOMA is an unforgettable experience and a must-see San Francisco destination.   The museum is committed to exploring the new, the challenging, and the unexpected. From its internationally recognized and rapidly growing collection of more than thirty thousand artworks to its innovative film and performance programs, SFMOMA has continuously advanced the interpretation, presentation, and preservation of modern and contemporary art — embracing its connection to the world around us. Reflecting the Bay Area’s tradition of technological innovation and forward thinking, the museum was one of the first American art museums to recognize photography and film as art forms, and championed architecture, design, and media arts before they were focuses of museum collecting. The museum houses deep holdings of work by individual artists across their careers, particularly within its Painting and Sculpture collection. The museum are also dedicated to supporting and collecting the work of California artists, especially those active in the Bay Area. Artists are at the center of the work on display. Curators and conservators work directly with artists to interpret, present, and care for an artwork across its lifetime, even — as in the case of performance — if it’s only for one night. Located in San Francisco’s bustling SoMA district, SFMOMA is just steps from Yerba Buena Gardens, downtown hotels, the Moscone Center, public transportation (including BART and Muni), and numerous parking garages. SFMOMA's garage on Minna Street is a few steps from the museum's main entrance on Third Street. Plus, parking on-site directly supports the museum. Limited bicycle parking is also available.

San Francisco: Exploratorium Daytime Admission

3. San Francisco: Exploratorium Daytime Admission

Discover a world of adventure with a full-day ticket to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the only place in the city where you can touch, tinker and play with hundreds of interactive exhibits. The museum is conveniently located at Pier 15 between the historic Ferry Building and Pier 39 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Perhaps the most experimental museum in the world, the Exploratorium explores the world via large-scale art installations, studies of microscopic life, motion, color and light installations, and much more. Spread across six expansive galleries, you can embrace the wild wonders of the world and beyond with exhibits that you can feel, play with, and manipulate. A learning lab for all ages, it’s the best place to immerse yourself in San Francisco’s innovative culture.

San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 25+ Attractions

4. San Francisco: Go City All-Inclusive Pass 25+ Attractions

The San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access city 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 25+ included attractions, saving up to 55% 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 and Cruises • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day Classic Tour • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • San Francisco Bay Cruise • Scenic Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour • Go Car San Francisco 30-min Rental • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour • Golden Gate Park Bike Rental by Unlimited Biking 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 - San Francisco's Flying Theater • 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 • California Historical Society 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.

San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

5. San Francisco: Exploratorium After Dark Entry Ticket (18+)

Lose yourself in hundreds of interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at After Dark at the Exploratorium. Enjoy everything from a fog bridge to a large-scale kaleidoscope, dazzling light displays, mind-bending mirrors, and more. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in the evening's adults-only programming, featuring unique guest speakers, great music, cutting-edge films, and one-of-a-kind activities.

San Francisco: The Walt Disney Family Museum Entrance Ticket

6. San Francisco: The Walt Disney Family Museum Entrance Ticket

Take an inspirational journey through the life of Walt Disney at the Walt Disney Family Museum located in the Presidio of San Francisco. Learn about Disney’s remarkable life story. Be inspired to heed your imagination and persevere in pursuing your goals and dreams. Enter a world of animation, innovation, and inspiration and immerse yourself in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney — the man who raised animation to an art, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a distinctly American legacy, transforming the entertainment world. Explore interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits that are narrated in Walt’s own voice, and feature early drawings, cartoons, movies, music, listening stations, more than 200 video screens, and a spectacular model of Disneyland.

San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 45% at 4 Top Attractions

7. San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 45% at 4 Top Attractions

With so much to see and do in San Francisco, it is often difficult to know where to begin with your sightseeing schedule. Avoid the hassle with the San Francisco CityPASS, featuring top attractions priced at 44% less than the same tickets purchased separately. San Francisco CityPASS provides admission into: 1. California Academy of SciencesClimb into the canopy of a butterfly-filled four-story rainforest. Come face-to-face with a colony of penguins, then explore the outer limits of the universe in a 75-foot planetarium. Decompress in front of the deepest indoor coral reef on Earth. At the Academy, you’ll get to experience nearly 40,000 of the world’s most beautiful, unusual creatures — from the heart of Golden Gate Park. 2. Blue & Gold Fleet San Francisco Bay CruiseComplete your visit to San Francisco with Blue & Gold Fleet’s 1-hour bay cruise adventure. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and past Angel Island on this fully-narrated tour offering breathtaking views. Plus, get admission to your choice of 2 more of the following attractions: Aquarium of the BayMeet local inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding watersheds at Aquarium of the Bay, located at Pier 39 next to Fisherman’s Wharf. Experience the closest thing to being underwater when you walk through glass tunnels with close-up views of sharks, bat rays, Spiny Lumpsuckers, and Garibaldis. The Walt Disney Family MuseumVisit the Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic San Francisco Presidio. Find animation, innovation, and inspiration through interactive galleries featuring films, music, artifacts, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. Explore Walt’s remarkable life story, told through his own voice, family photographs, and personal collections. Exploratorium Embrace the wild wonder at the intersection of science and art at the Exploratorium, the most experimental museum in the world. Tinker and play with more than 650 interactive exhibits and immerse yourself in San Francisco’s independent, innovative culture. San Francisco Zoo & GardensSan Francisco Zoo & Gardens is home to more than 2000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals on 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. In addition to many animals, the zoo offers entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including the historic steam train, carousel, and uniquely themed play zone area that will ignite the imagination of children of all ages.

San Francisco: Go City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

8. San Francisco: Go City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

Explore San Francisco at your own pace and according to your interests with an easy-to-use sightseeing pass. Select 2, 3, 4, or 5 must-see, must-do attractions and tours from a comprehensive choice of over 25 things to do in San Francisco. Save time and money as you don't have to buy separate attraction tickets. Ride the hop-on-hop-off Big Bus tour and get to know the city, enjoy a San Francisco bay cruise, visit informative museums, rent a Go Car for an hour, experience the thrills of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and much more. Tours and cruises: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day Classic Tour • San Francisco Bay Cruise • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • Go Car Tours San Francisco 1-Hour • Scenic Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour • 1 Day MUNI Pass • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour • San Francisco All-Day Bike Rentals at Golden Gate Park Museums and places of interest: • California Academy of Sciences • Aquarium of the Bay • Exploratorium • Madame Tussauds • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens • The Flyer - San Francisco's Flying Theater • The Walt Disney Family Museum • California's Great America • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • Legoland Discovery Center • USS Pampanito • Asian Art Museum • USS Hornet Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum Please note 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.

San Francisco: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

9. San Francisco: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Enjoy a fun-filled visit to the world’s foremost wax museum. Meet the Bay Area legends who have shaped the iconic city of San Francisco. Mix and mingle with your favorite A-listers, challenge sports legends, hop on stage with pop icons, and be on the set of blockbuster movies.  Step on the court to shoot hoops with Steph Curry, or jam on stage with Jimi Hendrix to experience the full "Spirit of San Francisco." Brainstorm with tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates who have transformed our world. Feel the glitz and glamour as you strike a pose with Beyoncé, and light up the stage with Adele. Get behind the camera with Steven Spielberg, and then cozy up to George Clooney on the sofa.

San Francisco: Madame Tussauds & Meal at the Hard Rock Cafe

10. San Francisco: Madame Tussauds & Meal at the Hard Rock Cafe

See two of San Francisco's most popular attractions with this combination ticket. Bump into celebrities at Madame Tussauds world-famous wax museum, and work up an appetite for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. Your adventure starts with a visit to Madame Tussauds, featuring wax figures of stars and historic icons. Snap a selfie with Jimi Hendrix, or moonwalk next to Michael Jackson. Get your picture taken behind the bars at Alcatraz, and take on Bruce Lee in a Kung Fu battle. Next, walk across the street to Pier 39 and grab a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. Soak up the atmosphere as you savor a set-menu lunch or dinner. Acoustic Rock Menu: Legendary Steak Burger, or any Sandwich, or any Salad Chef’s Choice dessert Unlimited coffee, tea, or soft drinks

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Initially tried to buy on Go City website and app but had problems! I should have gone through Get Your Guide right away as it was way faster and easy. We bought the 2 day pass and managed to do 4 activities on the first day. Started off grabbing tickets for escape from Alcatraz boat tour and then while waiting for sailing we had time to check our Aquarium of the Bay. Then we went to Madam Tussaud’s after eating at Boudin. Since all these were down by Pier 39, it worked out well and then we took the Hop On Hop Off bus back to our hotel near Chinatown. The 2nd day we decided to do a bike tour and while the first place we tried was a bit disorganized we are glad Blazing Saddles was right there! They made it super easy and fun to rent bikes for the day. We biked over the Golden Gate Bridge and it was amazing! Then we went to Exploratorium…super cool but it was a very tiring day and we had no energy left to enjoy. This pass was really worth the price and more….

Use for 3 activities, but we wished we had taken 5. Definitely take if you want more than one activity, it's much cheaper. We took a cruise under the Golden Gate, big bus to do absolutely we learn a lot about the city and a good way to go on the Golden Gate! And the third was the scientific museum of natural history.

Best bang for your buck! If you’re planning to be here a few days and want to see the most while paying less this is what you need! Super easy to use. I would recommend getting on the hop on hop off bus to reach the attractions that are not close to the pier. And google the attractions hours of operation to plan better.

Well worth the ticket price we used it for a number of activities

Great Deal for seeing the sights in San Francisco.