Friday, September 28, 2012

Deal Alert: Groupon featuring San Francisco Sightseeing Deals Galore

San Francisco Skyline

If you're planning a trip to San Francisco any time in the near future, it almost always pays to check out deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social. Today, I was checking out Groupon and noticed the following deals for sightseeing adventures. So check out these deals for some fun things to do on your next San Francisco trip and save some money (who doesn't love doing that?)!

View of Golden Gate Bridge from the water.
Deal #1: A 50% discount for a twilight cruise on the Red and White Fleet. For $29 you get a ticket for the California Twilight Cruise, which operates Thursdays through Saturdays from November 4 through March 31. The cruise departs Pier 43-1/2 at 5:30 p.m. and travels around the sites and lights of San Francisco Bay. The cruise features a buffet and one ticket (beer, soda, wine) per ticket (more drinks available for a charge from the bar.) You can buy one discounted ticket for yourself and up to three as gifts. You'll need to make an advance reservation for your cruise. While there are 5 days left to buy this deal, it is being offered in a limited quantity, so act soon to secure your discount. The Groupon expires March 27, 2013.

Deal #2: A 50% discount for a Ride The Ducks amphibious tour of San Francisco for two. For $34 you get a tour ticket for TWO people for the 90-minute Ride The Ducks city tour. The tour takes you along the city streets, as well as in and out of the Bay. Tours operate daily in September and October, Friday-Monday in November, and weekends only in December (as well as December 24-28). You'll need to make an advance reservation for your tour. There are 3 days left to purchase this deal, but since quantities are limited purchase soon to secure your savings. The Groupon expires on February 28, 2013.

Deal #3: A 50% discount for the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. For $16 you get TWO tickets for the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. The Wax Museum has been in operation since 1963 and is one of the world's largest wax museums. The museum features a variety of both historical and modern celebrity galleries. The Wax Museum is open daily 365 days a year and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is limited time remaining to get this deal, so check it out now. The Groupon expires June 26, 2013.

Deal #4: A 50% discount  (I'm sensing a them, here) for the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda. For $16 you get admission for to this historic museum; the second option is admission for up to four for $29. You can find more information about the USS Hornet fro a previous deal posting. The deal has a limited time remaining to purchase, so act soon to score your savings. The Groupon expires January 16, 2013 and is good for standard admission during regular operating hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Deal #5: A 53% discount for a San Francisco Time Machine Tour for two or four. For $19 you can get a tour for two and for $29 you can get a tour for four on the Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine historical walking tour. This walking tour lasts approximately two and a half hours and covers about two miles of San Francisco sightseeing. Tours depart fro Union Square Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours must be booked one week in advances and the Groupon expires December 26, 2012. There is limited time remaining to purchase, so check this one out soon.

Deal #6: A 50% discount for a Chinatown Ghost Tour. For $24 you can get one adult admission for the ghost tour or for $48 you can get two adult admissions. SF Chinatown Ghost Tours depart Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 pm. The tour includes a magic show held in a former gambling den. I posted earlier this year about a similar deal from Living Social, so if you missed out on that one, check out the Groupon. A limited amount of time remains to purchase this deal, so act quickly to get your scare on. The Groupon expires March 13, 2013 and reservations are required for the tour.

Deal #7: A 50% discount for Wildlife and Eco Tours from San Francisco Whale Tours. There are several options, including a discount for a private charter. For $19 (one person) you can get on a 90-minute California Coast and Tributaries Eco Tour or for $38 two can go. Tours depart daily from Pier 39 at 3:30 p.m. on the Kitty Kat catamaran, an eco-friendly water vessel. You'll need advance reservations for your tour and your Groupon expires November 21, 2012. There is a limited time remaining to purchase this deal, so get on over to the Groupon website to check it out.

Deal #8: A 59% (w00t!) discount for two or four on Bay Voyager tours out of Oakland. For $69 two people will get their choice of an approximately two hour tour of San Francisco Bay. For $139 four people get to go for the same thing, either a San Francisco Bay Highlights tour or a City Night Lights tour. The San Francisco Bay Highlights tow is about two hours and covers 30 miles. The City Night Lights tour is about an hour and 45 minutes and takes you along the waterfront lights, including a trip under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. You'll need to make advance reservations for tours, which operates seven days a week depending on bookings. Again, this deal has a limited time remaining to purchase, so head on over and check it out. The Groupon expires November 29, 2012.

Growing grapes in California wine country.
Deal #9: A 51% discount on a Sonoma Passport. For $29 you get a Sonoma Passport for two. The Sonoma Passport offers access to free wine tastings, discounts, and other specials at 26 wineries across Sonoma County. As with most of the other deals on here, there is a limited time remaining to purchase. The Groupon (and passport) expires December 31, 2012.

Definitely check out these deals for your next trip to San Francisco. I've had some good luck using these kinds of discounts to do things I wanted to do, but for less. On my last trip to San Francisco  I used discount deals for a Red and White Fleet Bay cruise and discounted admission for two to Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the Mirror Maze.