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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

Reopened in 2008 as "the greenest museum on the planet" and the world's only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum, the California Academy of Sciences is a one-of-a-kind attraction.

  • Included in CityPASS
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Aquarium of the Bay

Located right on the waterfront at Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bay is focused on the animals native to the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters. Opening in 1996, the Aquarium is home to sharks, jellies, and many other forms of marine life.

  • Included in CityPASS
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Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise

For a fresh take on San Francisco, see it from the water. On a Blue & Gold Fleet ship you'll get the best panoramic views of the Bay while you enjoy a one-hour narrated tour. Don't forget to bring your camera!

  • Included in CityPASS
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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.

  • Included in CityPASS
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Exploratorium

This iconic San Francisco discovery destination had a brand-new home at Pier 15 on San Francisco's historic Embarcadero waterfront. With more than 600 exhibits, the Exploratorium is more than just a museum.

  • Included in CityPASS
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Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum pays homage to the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Museum allows visitors to join the journey of Disney becoming the cornerstone of American family entertainment!

  • Included in CityPASS
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Musem of Modern Art is one of San Francisco's most treasured and iconic museums. It's also home to the largest living wall in the United States with more than 19,000 plants and 21 native species.

  • Included in C3
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de Young Museum

The de Young Museum was founded in 1895, making it an integral part of San Francisco's art scene for over 100 years. In 2005 the museum reopened with a new facility. The museum is the sixth-most-visited art museum in North America.

  • Included in C3
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Bay City Bike & Parkwide Bike Rentals

Over the years, San Francisco has seen a surge in bike ridership; for San Francisco tourists, biking is an efficient way to sightsee. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy discounted bike rentals as you explore the City by the Bay and surrounding areas.

  • Included in C3
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Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge first opened in 1937 and is perhaps San Francisco’s most recognized landmark. The bridge is so iconic that it has been named one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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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. The park is home to various gardens, lakes, playgrounds, trails, and more.

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Ride the Cable Cars

Nothing says San Francisco like the world-famous cable cars that are part of the city's Muni system. The cable cars are so iconic to San Francisco that they have been designated as the city's only moving historic landmarks.

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Fisherman's Wharf

As the historic center of the city’s fishing industry, Fisherman’s Wharf is a working neighborhood and commercial area. Looking for some good seafood? Then this is your place to visit.

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AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants have won more games than any other team in American baseball history, and with their current home at AT&T Park, they’ve got more to boast about than just their impressive track record.

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Levi's Stadium

Levi’s Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers, is a sustainable masterpiece on the cutting edge of eco-friendly design. Made mostly of recycled and reclaimed building products, the green stadium also features delicious concession options made with local ingredients.

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Muir Woods National Monument

A wondrous piece of natural history within the San Francisco Bay area, Muir Woods is home to the coastal Redwood trees that measure up to 258 feet in height and are over 500 years old.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Folks won’t want to miss the gorgeous coastal community of Monterey, just south of San Francisco. Rated the #1 aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is well-worth the drive from San Francisco.

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Union Square

The most visited neighborhood in San Francisco is the bustling Union Square. A number of luxury boutiques, hotels, art galleries, restaurants, theatres, and a popular nightclub scene make Union Square a hip attraction for locals and visitors alike.

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Ocean Beach

In contrast to San Francisco’s crowded city-life, Ocean Beach is a quiet getaway where visitors can enjoy a cool breeze and a walk on soft beach sand. Between the soothing sounds of the ocean, the wide open space and relaxing atmosphere, Ocean Beach is a great place to unwind and let go.

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Crissy Field

For the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge, make a stop at Crissy Field. Formerly a military airfield, Crissy Field is now a scenic attraction with picnic tables, marsh overlooks, and delicious beachside cafés.

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Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal church famed for its De Rosen mosaics, labyrinths, and gorgeous stained-glass windows. This city landmark is a popular attraction for believers and non-believers alike, and is an architectural masterpiece of French Gothic design.

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To visit the best attractions in San Francisco at a huge discount, use San Francisco CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission costs. San Francisco CityPASS includes 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), and your choice between Aquarium of the Bay and The Walt Disney Family Museum, and the Exploratorium or San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. Some special exhibits are not included with the CityPASS and may require an extra fee.

If you think five attractions isn't right for you, check out San Francisco C3, which gives you admission to 3 of San Francisco's top attractions. Choose from the attractions included in San Francisco CityPASS, as well as SFMOMA, Bay City Bike & Parkwide Bike Rentals, or de Young Museum + Legion of Honor. With both San Francisco CityPASS and San Francisco C3 you'll see the best San Francisco has to offer at a significant savings.

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