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San Francisco CityPASS is a ticket booklet that saves 43% on unlimited cable car rides plus admission to the 4 best attractions in San Francisco

Top Things To Do In San Francisco

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As the shimmering "City by the Bay," San Francisco’s distinctive terrain – water on one side, hills on the other – leads to spectacular views and experiences that could only happen here. The city’s wide array of attractions, activities, and personality-infused neighborhoods appeal to visitors of all ages.


  • California Academy of Sciences

    California Academy of Sciences

    The California Academy of Sciences was reinvented following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and reopened in 2008 as "the greenest museum on the planet."

    What to Do
    Visit the natural history museum and planetarium.

    What to See
    A rainforest dome and aquarium, both under one plant-blanketed eco-roof!

  • Ride the Cable Cars

    Ride the Cable Cars

    Hands down, the best way to traverse San Francisco’s steep hills is aboard the city’s world-famous cable cars.

    What to Do
    Yes, you really can hang off the side, if you like!

    What to See
    Observe how tourists and locals alike rely on this historic means of transportation to get from one side of the city to another. As you can imagine, riding the cable cars is one of the most popular things to do in San Francisco.

  • Aquarium of the Bay

    Aquarium of the Bay

    Spend a day at this nonprofit marine nature center.

    What to Do
    Get up close and personal with sharks, bat rays and skates, thanks to 300 feet (91.4 meters) of clear acrylic tunnels.

    What to See
    More than 20,000 aquatic animals, which frolic in 700,000 gallons (2,650 cubic meters) of filtered bay water, represent the diversity of the area’s aquatic life and ecosystems.

  • Take a Cruise of the Bay

    Take a Cruise of the Bay

    For a fresh take on San Francisco, see it from the water.

    What to Do
    The daring can try a "RocketBoat" tour that offers high-speed thrills along with sightseeing.

    What to See
    A novel perspective on the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the PIER 39 sea lions, Sausalito and the city skyline itself.

  • Alcatraz

    Alcatraz

    Known simply as "the Rock," Alcatraz Island was – during its operation as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 – home to some of the nation’s most infamous criminals.

    What to Do
    Today, visitors can roam the island freely. Alcatraz is definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in San Francisco.

    What to See
    Take in the cellblock and the gardens that were once maintained by well-behaved prisoners.

  • Exploratorium

    Exploratorium

    This iconic San Francisco discovery destination had a brand-new home at Pier 15 on San Francisco's historic Embarcadero waterfront.

    What to Do
    From its microscope imaging station to the adventures of the Mars Rover, one doesn’t have to be a science nerd to be titillated by the exhibits here.

    What to See
    Don’t miss the Cow’s Eye Dissection display!

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Folks won’t want to miss the gorgeous coastal community of Monterey, just south of San Francisco.

    What to Do
    Visit the "otterly" delightful sea otters, dipping, diving and twirling about at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    What to See
    Catch sight of jiggling jellyfish, parading penguins, a wolf eel and hammerhead sharks.

  • de Young Museum

    de Young Museum

    The de Young Museum reopened in 2005 in a new Golden Gate Park building.

    What to Do
    Spend time browsing the significant collection of American, international and textile arts.

    What to See
    Its dramatic architecture – complete with a public observation deck atop a 144-foot (44 meters) tower – calls attention to its natural surroundings.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge first opened in 1937 and is perhaps San Francisco’s most recognized landmark.

    What to Do
    Be a part of the more than 9 million visitors that annually cross the 1.7-mile (2,737 meters) bridge in cars, by bike, or on foot.

    What to See
    Take in the views from the bridge that dominates the city’s skyline.

  • Golden Gate Park

    Golden Gate Park

    This great urban park – the third-most-visited in the United States (behind New York’s Central Park and Chicago’s Lincoln Park) – beckons with many offerings.

    What to Do
    Rent a boat, stroll along the walking and biking paths, or find one of the many ideal locations for a quiet picnic or nap.

    What to See
    The Japanese Tea Garden, historic windmills, and a flower conservatory.

  • Fisherman\'s Wharf

    Fisherman's Wharf

    As the historic center of the city’s fishing industry, Fisherman’s Wharf is a working neighborhood and commercial area.

    What to Do
    Spend the day browsing and eating at specialty restaurants and shops.

    What to See
    The famous PIER 39 sea lions (yes, they are loud). Also, check out the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine museum and memorial, and Ghirardelli Square.

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    Normally part of San Francisco CityPASS, SFMOMA will be closed from June 3, 2013, through early 2016, as they undergo a major expansion. Learn more>>

    What to Do
    Visit the first museum on the West Coast of its kind! This museum boasts more than 26,000 works and holds fast to its mission of showcasing both established and new artists.

    What to See
    Don’t overlook its dynamic building – featuring a soaring turret – which is a focal point of the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.

To visit the attractions listed above that charge admission, use a San Francisco CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission costs. Plus, CityPASS holders avoid some ticket and entry lines, which means less time waiting and more time having fun. San Francisco CityPASS includes a 7-day Muni and Cable Car Passport, as well as prepaid admission to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise (visitors who purchase their San Francisco CityPASS at the Alcatraz Cruises ticket office may substitute an Alcatraz Island tour), your choice between Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, and either the de Young and Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums or the Exploratorium. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee.

CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating San Francisco attractions. Use our San Francisco City Pass and discover these top places to visit and things to do in San Francisco.

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