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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

1. San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Loop: Stop 1: Pier 41 (End of Powell St), Fisherman's Wharf Stop 2: Washington Square – Corner of Columbus and Union StreetsStop 3: Embarcadero Center – Corner of Clay and Battery StreetsStop 4: Ferry Building - 1 Market Street, between Stuart and Spear StreetsStop 5: Union Square South – Geary Street across from Macy’s Entrance Stop 6: Hilton Hotel – Corner of Mason and Ellis Streets Stop 7: Civic Center - Fulton Street between Larkin and HydeStop 8: Alamo Square/Painted Ladies - Corner of Fell and Pierce StreetsStop 9: Haight Ashbury - Corner of Haight and Shrader Streets Stop 10: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate ParkStop 11: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista Point Main Parking AreaStop 12: Palace of Fine Arts – Corner of Richardson Ave and Francisco StreetStop 13: Marina Neighborhood - Corner of Lombard and Gough Streets Stop 14: Lombard Street Corridor - Corner of Lombard and Gough StreetsStop 15: Pier 35 Cruise Terminal – The Embarcadero Stop 16: Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf Stop 17: End of Tour - 99 Jefferson Street Hop aboard a sightseeing bus for a tour of the 'City by the Bay' and delve into the fascinating history of San Francisco and its legendary sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and Fisherman's Wharf.  The hop-on-hop-off route stops at key points of interest all around San Francisco. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus. Hop off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Explore 3 routes depending on your ticket purchase. San Francisco City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco's unique history. You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary available in 10 languages. This is the best way to discover all that San Francisco has to offer. This unique city tour has 17 stops for guests to hop on and hop off at. From Fisherman’s Wharf to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views. Panoramic Night Tour Board the bus at Pier 41 at the end of Powell St in Fisherman's Wharf to explore the dazzling city of San Francisco at night. Climb up the historic Nob Hill for a stunning close-up view of the magnificent Grace Cathedral. Then, make your way across the grand Bay Bridge for picturesque views of the city skyline from Treasure Island, the site of the 1939’s World Fair. Heading back into the city, continue along the Embarcadero to view the glittering lights on the Port of San Francisco.

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San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

2. 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. New Exhibit: Sharks, open through to January 23, 2022. Don't miss this traveling exhibition created by Grande Experiences. Learn about one of the most awe-inspiring and misunderstood creatures on the planet and the critical role sharks play in ocean ecosystems around the globe.

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

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

The San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access attraction 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 28 included attractions, saving up to 60% compared to full retail admissions. The California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, Bay cruises, Six Flags, bike rental and tours, and much more are all included! See below for the complete list. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see. 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. Included Attractions and Activities: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day classic tour • California Academy of Sciences • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • Legoland Discovery Center • Aquarium of the Bay • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Escape from the Rock - Cruise around Alcatraz • Exploratorium • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • San Francisco Zoo and Gardens • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Oracle Park Tour • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • USS Pampanito • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • The Walt Disney Family Museum • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • GoCar San Francisco Tour (30-minute rental) • Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry • Asian Art Museum • U.S.S. HORNET Museum • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • California Historical Society • Urban Hike Tour • The Beat Museum • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour ends in Sausalito

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San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

4. San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

Explore San Francisco with a 1-day ticket, that includes two most popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. You can hop on and off the bus at any of the designated stops to explore all the major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. The Official City Tour - Hop On, Hop Off This 2 hour tour provides the best views of San Francisco's Downtown, Union Square, The Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park from a Double Decker Bus. Be sure to bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate your visit to the city by the bay.  Official City Tour Highlights: Ghirardelli Square – Over 40 shops and restaurants, including the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, world famous for its ice cream sundaes. Palace of Fine Arts – Built for the World Fair has been a favorite wedding location for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Also a popular location for many festival celebrations, orchestras and events. Golden Gate Bridge – A great place to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge or visit the Presidio and its former Military establishments Golden Gate Park – An exciting place to visit a number of museums and attractions such as The Conservatory of Flowers, The California Academy of Sciences and The deYoung Museum. Haight/Ashbury – More commonly known as the “Hippie District”, Haight maintains the Summer of Love feel with its numerous shops and murals dedicated to the 1960’s. City Hall – Great photo opportunities of the San Francisco City Hall structures near to the Opera House, Symphony Hall and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Union Square – The central shopping district in San Francisco, featuring Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Neiman Marcus, Victoria’s Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, and hundreds of other major retailers. Fisherman’s Wharf – Located on the northern waterfront, this area is best known for Pier 39 (shopping, restaurants, sea lions and much more), San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center, Alcatraz Landing, and many other attractions. San Francisco Night Tour This live narrated bus tour shows you the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city at night. Enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco from the top of a double decker bus from Treasure Island. The tour will be led by knowledgeable guides, to make your evening in San Francisco unforgettable.

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San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 44% at 4 Top Attractions

5. San Francisco CityPASS®: Save 44% 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. Do not worry, because San Francisco CityPASS has collected the top attractions and priced them at 44% less than the same tickets purchased separately. San Francisco CityPASS provides admission into: 1. California Academy of Sciences - Climb into the canopy of a butterfly-filled four-story rainforest. Come face-to-face with a colony of penguins. 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 Cruise - Complete your visit to San Francisco with Blue & Gold Fleet’s one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and past Angel Island on this fully-narrated tour offering breathtaking views. 3. The Aquarium of the Bay OR The Walt Disney Family Museum Aquarium of the Bay - Meet 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 local sharks, bat rays, Spiny Lumpsuckers and Garibaldis. Don’t know what some of those are? Go find out!  The Walt Disney Family Museum - Visit 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. 4. The Exploratorium OR San Francisco Zoo & Gardens 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 & Gardens - San 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 and carousel and uniquely themed play zone area that will ignite the imagination of children of all ages.

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San Francisco: City Explorer Pass with 2-5 Attractions

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

Explore San Francisco at your own pace and according to your interests with a flexible, 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 options. Ride the hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour and get to know the city, enjoy a harbor cruise, visit informative museums, rent a Go Car for an hour, or experience the thrills of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Valid for 60 days from the first activity, the full range of options available is as follows: • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off San Francisco: 1-day Classic Tour • California Academy of Sciences • Madame Tussauds San Francisco • U.S.S. HORNET Museum • Aquarium of the Bay • Exploratorium • Escape from the Rock • The Walt Disney Family Museum • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom • One All-Day Comfort Bike Rental by Blazing Saddles • Urban Hike Tour • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) • Go Car 1 Hour Tour • de Young Museum and Legion of Honor • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens • Oracle Park Tour • Angel Island Roundtrip Ferry • USS Pampanito • Asian Art Museum • Subpar Miniature Golf - Fun Pack • The Contemporary Jewish Museum • Escape Game • Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour • Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour ends in Sausalito • Legoland Discovery Center

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San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The Official city tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf heading towards the ferry building, then downtown Union Square. Go on a shopping spree with the top brands in the world and take lots of pictures with the heart of San Francisco. The tour will then continue to the Civic Center which houses the City Hall, Opera House and Symphony Hall. Moving on, you will be at Alamo Square with the world famous attraction 'painted ladies' (Victorian houses) and taken back in time to 'Summer of Love' at Haight & Ashbury. Next stop will be Golden Gate Park which holds the California Academy of Sciences, De-Young Museum, Japanese Tea Gardens, Conservatory of flowers and many more attractions. From here, you will be taken to the most iconic attraction of San Francisco, The Golden Gate bridge. Don't forget your cameras to capture the great views of the bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Bay. On the way back to downtown, you will pass The Palace of Fine Arts. Continuing through Van Ness Ave, down to Chinatown with lots of restaurants and souvenir gift shops, bustling cultural shops and the famous Chinatown Gates. At the end of your tour, you will return to the Fisherman's Wharf area with Pier 39, San Francisco Dungeons, Aquarium of the Bay, Madame Tussauds, etc.

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

8. 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.

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San Fancisco: Golden Gate Park Surrey Rental

9. 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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Golden Gate Park: Full-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour

10. Golden Gate Park: Full-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour

On this full-day self-guided bike tour you’ll ride through the historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood, once home to peace, love, and the Grateful Dead! Check out the gorgeous Victorian homes you’ll see throughout the area before heading into Golden Gate Park. Inside the thousand-plus acre park, the opportunities are endless. Visit the Conservatory of Flowers, Arboretum/Botanical Gardens, Shakespeare Garden, and Japanese Tea Gardens. Lock up your bike and visit 2 world-class museums, the California Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung, before circling around Stow Lake. Head to the beach, and ride along the oceanfront bike path. Real adventurers can continue on to the zoo before heading back past the Bison paddock and Spreckels Lake. Other options include riding north along the coast by the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, and Land’s End to the Golden Gate Bridge. You could decide to explore Alamo Square, the Civic Center area, the Mission, and the Castro. You’ll ride with maps mounted on the handlebars, clearly detailing 3 different routes to choose from! 

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What people are saying about California Academy of Sciences

We were able to see and learn more than we anticipated. The stops were in easy to remember areas so we could be confident in exploring before getting back on the bus. Everyone was friendly, professional and helpful. This was our first trip to San Francisco and they helped us make the decision to go back. When we do we will definitely do this tour again.

My husband and I took my 10 year old daughter and we all really enjoyed our visit. Staff really friendly and informative. Covid checks in place and place clean. Planetarium amazing as was the rainforest. Food court had good coffee and snacks, usual pizza/fast food style but also soups and salads. Would definitely recommend and go again.

This was a great way to be able to see San Francisco and get around easily. There were frequent buses and stops and great spots throughout the city. I would use this again if I was in the city!

Very informative tour. Only got off once but that was our choice. Opportunity to get off many times, we just chose not to. Dress warm and you'll have a great time.

The your was great. The information given in the tour was amazing. The fact you could get off and on was a great was to take in the atteaxtio a of the city!