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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 Streets

    Stop 3: Embarcadero Center – Corner of Clay and Battery Streets

    Stop 4: Ferry Building - 1 Market Street, between Stuart and Spear Streets

    Stop 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 Hyde

    Stop 8: Alamo Square/Painted Ladies - Corner of Fell and Pierce Streets

    Stop 9: Haight Ashbury - Corner of Haight and Shrader Streets 

    Stop 10: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park

    Stop 11: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista Point Main Parking Area

    Stop 12: Palace of Fine Arts – Corner of Rich...

    2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

  • 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,...

    Make sure you book other events early. Planetarium was sold out during my visit.

  • Go San Francisco All Inclusive Pass 60% Attraction Discount

    3. Go San Francisco All Inclusive Pass 60% Attraction Discount

    The Go 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 guidebook helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. With the Go 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...

    I’m handicapped and the big bus was wonderful to hop off take pictures hop back on. We missed the last bus , but was willing to take us close enough to our car in China town. Wonderful memories

  • 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 loc...

    The tour started out really well and we enjoyed the information provided through out the trip. We liked the ideal of being able to get on and off at will, but only used that privilage one time. The problem came when one of their drivers did not understand regulations concerning hand caped passengers and their service dog. I was through off the bus because I could not climb the stairs to the upper deck of the bus, when the entire handcape area was wide open. The next bus came by 40 minutes later and we were able to board and return to the start of the ride.

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

    5. 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 Ja...

    If you want to see a lot of San Francisco take this Go Car tour you won’t regret it. Great Experience.

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

    6. 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 C...

    It was a really great experience the aquarium was fantastic and so was the boat tour

  • 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 ...

    after ordering tickets online, confirmation process to exchange voucher was not able to finish process. Was given verification code, but when I put in code nothing would process so when we got on his driver could not scan code

  • Go San Francisco Explorer Pass: 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

    8. Go San Francisco Explorer Pass: 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions

    Explore San Francisco at your own pace and according to your interests with a flexible, easy-to-use city pass. Select 2, 3, 4, or 5 must-see, must-do attractions, and tours from a comprehensive choice of over 30 options. Ride the city’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing trolley, enjoy a harbor cruise, visit informative museums, rent a Go Car for an hour, or experience the thrills of The Flyer San Francisco. 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 Ho...

    Good value. But call ahead and find out if there are changes in what's covered. We found out the hard way that one of the Big Bus tours isn't covered, even though it's still being falsely advertised as part of the pass. Currently working on getting refund.

  • Golden Gate Park: Full-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour

    9. 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 Alam...

  • San Francisco: VIP Tour of California Academy of Sciences

    10. San Francisco: VIP Tour of California Academy of Sciences

    Visit the California Academy of Sciences, the world's only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum, on this special VIP tour. Head off the beaten track to explore the abundance of biodiversity in Golden Gate Park and atop the Academy’s lush Living Roof. On this 45-minute tour, encounter native plants in bloom, unearth the secrets of the Living Roof, and discover impressive feats of sustainable engineering. In addition to admission and full access to the Academy, take advantage of your VIP express entrance into the Osher Rainforest and Shake House earthquake simulator so you can spend more time exploring all the exhibits and shows.

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What people are saying about California Academy of Sciences

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 924 reviews

2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

The only way to see San Francisco, no worries about the traffic. Excellent narration and history of the city.

Had a great time the place is way different than when I went there as a kid.

Very good option when you plan on visiting different places

It was easy and great . Showed all the great places