San Francisco is infamously expensive to live in, but that doesn't mean you can't visit the city and experience its greatest attractions without breaking the bank! By finding the activities that suit you best and utilizing a Go San Francisco Card, you will get more out of the city while still having time to enjoy a cup of coffee in a picturesque park. Visiting San Francisco on a budget can be easy if you plan and take advantage of the great deals available.
Save on Admission to Tourist AttractionsAdmission to many of these San Francisco tourist attractions and are included on the Go San Francisco Card. Go San Francisco Cards give you the flexibility to choose as you go from dozens of top attractions to create a vacation tailored to your family's interests. See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more. A few of the attractions include:
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Aquarium of the Bay
- California Academy of Sciences
- Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
- And more!
Top Attractions to Visit for a Budget Friendly Trip
San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art enchants visitors with exceptional displays and unique seasonal exhibitions. Explore the diversity of California's rich artwork and history, and check out the vast collection of modern, post-modern, and pop art on display. With colorful and thought-provoking works of art, the SF MOMA is a great destination for families and visitors of all ages! Getting In: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Aquarium of the BayLocated right at the beginning of Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay is a world-class destination that must be seen to be believed! Step into the shark tunnel where beautiful sharks swim around you in all directions, and then experience the glowing moon jelly fish in a rare exhibit. This aquarium has something for everyone, and its ideal location makes it the perfect stop on your tour! Getting In: Aquarium of the Bay tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
California Academy of SciencesSituated in the historic Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is guaranteed to excite all ages! Upon entering the modern building, you're instantly greeted by an ancient T. Rex fossil that is sure to take your breath away. From there, you can explore many attractions including earthquake simulators, butterfly rooms, and the famous albino alligator named Claude. Be sure to see the penguins, and visit one of the daily 3D movies that takes you to outer space and more! Getting In: California Academy of Sciences tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Bridge 2 Bridge CruiseWith the Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise, you will get a picturesque view of San Francisco while enjoying the crisp air in a wonderful boat adventure! With the acclaimed audio tour, you will learn everything there is to know about the bridges and cultural history of the bay. Travel underneath the Golden Gate Bridge for an amazing view, and then sail around Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge for a personal tour unlike any other! Getting In: Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.
Wine Country TourThis eight hour bus tour gives you a scenic experience of two great nearby destinations! Hop on the bus at Fisherman's Wharf and then drive along the Golden Gate Bridge en route to Wine Country. You'll head to some of the state's best wineries around Sonoma with included tastings and tours, and then stop in Sausalito to check out the cute historic downtown area. Getting In: Wine Country Tour tickets are an included attraction option on the Go San Francisco Card Build Your Own Pass.
Fun Options to Visit During Your Trip:There are plenty of other fun options to choose from in San Francisco, including these activities available on the Go San Francisco Card.
Escape from the RockThis 90 minute cruise takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all around the famous island-prison Alcatraz. The available audio tour gives you unprecedented insight into the notorious prison, and the incredible views along the way make this an escape worth having!
Ripley's Believe it or Not! at Fisherman's WharfMake your trip a little weirder with Ripley's Believe it or Not! at Fisherman's Wharf. This odd museum is full of interactive and unique exhibits highlighting strange occurrences from around the world. Shrunken heads, swirling tunnels, and mermaid skeletons are just some of the incredible items on display!
Hop On Hop Off Bus TourEnjoy San Francisco at your own pace with the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. You'll be able to explore all of the best neighborhoods effortlessly, and when you're ready to move on, simply hop back on the bus to the next destination! Not only will you avoid walking the massively steep hills, you will get incredible views on the way to:
- Chinatown which has immense cultural offerings
- North Beach which is full of beat-poetry history and wonderful Italian cuisine and architecture
- The Ferry Building which is historic in its own right and hosts a wonderful local market
- Union Square which is full of shopping and panoramic views
- The Financial District which has massive skyscrapers and a great downtown feel
- And more!