Travel Smarter: San Francisco Attractions

Our AAA Travel experts have you covered when it comes to taking advantage of Membership perks for San Francisco attractions.

For most AAA Members, roadside assistance alone is worth the price of Membership. But how many take full advantage of the other discounts and benefits available to them? The savings you reap from cashing in on just a few discounts and benefits can pay for your Membership. And if you remember to ask about discounts for AAA Members every time you pay for an attraction, rent a car, book a hotel or buy something, you’ll come out way ahead.

As part of our Travel Smarter series, our experts share how to take advantage of AAA Travel’s discounts on tickets to San Francisco attractions.


The Attraction: Get your fill of thrills and fun at Northern California’s Six Flags theme park, one of two in the state. Rides for kids and kids at heart make this San Francisco attraction a great place for families. A seemingly endless stream of live entertainment and animal encounters mean an action-packed day every visit.

Where: In Vallejo, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco by car

Don’t Miss: Thrill-seekers will want to get in line for the WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth attraction and the new HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster that’s set to open in 2018.

AAA Member Benefit: Book online to save up to 30 percent on admission and 33 percent on the Print-N-Go ticketing service fee. Or purchase tickets at your local AAA branch and save $5 on general admission tickets and $2 on general admission tickets to Six Flags waterparks. AAA Members also receive a 10 percent discount on select merchandise purchased in the park.

Feeding the giraffes at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Photo: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom


The Attraction: Spend an afternoon at the ballpark watching the Oakland Athletics, Northern California’s American League baseball team.

Where: In Oakland, about 30 minutes east by car or 10 minutes via Bay Area Rapid Transit from San Francisco

Don’t Miss: Download the At Bat app for live scores, stats, pitch tracking, pre-game lineup notifications and more game-day information.

AAA Member Benefit: Present your AAA Membership card at the Oakland Coliseum box office and receive $5 off field- and plaza-level seating at A’s games. Some blackout dates apply, so be sure to call ahead or check with your AAA Travel Counselor.


The Attraction: Enjoy a day of fun in the sun at this combination theme park and waterpark. Meet Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang at live shows throughout the day—or you may just find them playing throughout this Santa Clara attraction as well. And be sure to bring your swimsuits so you can beat the heat at Boomerang Bay Water Park.

Where: In Santa Clara, about an hour southeast of San Francisco by car

Don’t Miss: Go for a spin on the Patriot roller coaster. The floorless coaster drops riders from nine stories up into a 360-degree loop at up to 45 miles per hour.

AAA Member Benefit: Visit your local AAA branch to purchase tickets and save $5 on park admission (limited to four discount tickets per AAA Membership card).

Meet the Peanuts gang at Planet Snoopy.

Photo: California’s Great America


The Attraction: See some of San Francisco Bay’s most famous landmarks on a Blue & Gold Fleet boat tour through the heart of the bay. The 60-minute boat tour, with indoor and outdoor seating options, cruises along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island, while guided narration ensures you won’t miss a beat.

Where: Departs from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf

Don’t Miss: Travelers especially interested in tales of the notorious Alcatraz Island should consider taking the 90-minute “Escape the Rock” tour of the San Francisco attraction. You’ll circle the prison a second time for a better look and hear detailed accounts of life on the island and the prisoners who carried out their sentences there.

AAA Member Benefit: Choose one of two ways to save on tickets for a Blue & Gold Fleet cruise: Present your AAA Membership card and receive $3 off full-price adult tickets (limited to six discount tickets per AAA Membership card), or get a child’s ticket free with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket.


The Attraction: Brush shoulders with some of the biggest names in film, music, sports and politics—or at least very convincing wax models of these celebrities—at this San Francisco attraction.

Where: Near Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf

Don’t Miss: Check out the special “Spirit of San Francisco” exhibition featuring famous San Franciscans who helped to shape the history of the city.

AAA Member Benefit: Present your AAA Membership card and save $5 on adult and $2 on child admission.

Famous Alfred Hitchcock scene at San Francisco attraction Madame Tussauds

Photo: Madame Tussauds

Extend your trip with a cruise that sets sail from San Francisco or a road trip in the surrounding area. Our experts share tips on how to make it happen with Membership perks and discounts in the Road Trip and Cruise edition of our Travel Smarter series.

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Janice Yip-Hudson, AAA Travel Counselor, Daly City, Calif.

Today, people's lives are so busy. We're thinking three days ahead just to get through our to-do lists. I love helping my clients plan vacations where they have nothing to do but relax; where time stands still, and you're just on vacation.

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