We know that life on the road can be on the pricey side, especially in a city like San Francisco where it seems like there is an endless amount of things to do. Luckily, when you stay at HI San Francisco Downtown Hostel, you know you’re already saving on awesome accommodation (plus that free breakfast!), and you’ve got access to sweet in-house activities, which allow you to experience the city like a local. And because we believe that money shouldn’t be a barrier when it comes to adventures and discovering new things to love, we’ve got the scoop on free activities and special discounts for our guests to enjoy no matter the budget.
California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a one-of-a-kind museum with an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, indoor rainforest, and research facility all under one roof. Located within Golden Gate Park, the Academy is also known as the “Greenest Museum in the World” and is an excellent place to kill a few hours while soaking in some knowledge, or hanging out on Thursday nights, when you can mix and mingle with locals during the museum’s themed NightLife events.
Discount: HI USA guests get a 15% discount off the price of general admission and NightLife tickets with the discount code.
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals
Despite the crazy amount of hills, San Francisco is a city totally worth exploring by bike, and a good way to find your cycling feet is to join the hostel’s Bike the Bay tour on Tuesdays. If you miss the trip or feel emboldened to keep going on your own, you can rent a bike from Blazing Saddles for the day and peddle your way around the city filled with parks and interesting sights. You definitely get bonus points if you tackle the steep inclines, but you’ll be forgiven for taking the long way ‘round just to find the path of least resistance.
Discount: Blazing Saddles offers a discounted daily rental fee of $18 -$22 per day (depending on the bike) for guests. The price includes helmet, lock, rear rack, camera bag, bungie cord and a map. Bring a flyer from the hostel front desk to qualify for the discount.
American Conservatory Theatre
Whether or not you’re a big fan of theatre, it’s hard not to appreciate the magic of watching a show in a century-old beautiful building, and the American Conservatory Theatre’s Geary Theatre is a space that will make you feel in touch with San Francisco’s rich cultural history. The non-profit company hosts productions big and small, some featuring local up-and-comers and others with seasoned veterans. If you’re looking for a low-key but quintessential San Francisco night out, you definitely can’t go wrong at this accessible and inclusive theatre.
Discount: Arrive at theatre at least 2 hours before show time with your hostel receipt or HI USA membership card and you can get a “discounted rush ticket” with the price depending on the time and the show. Tickets are subject to availability.
Venture out of the city for a while and get to see the many jewels of Northern California, including majestic giant redwoods, the delicious wines of Napa and Sonoma and the breathtaking Yosemite National Park, with Incredible Adventures tours. You can choose to do a day trip for wine tasting, combine the wine and woods tours or take a two- or three-day trip to camp out in Yosemite to trade in those city lights for starry skies. With the Incredible Adventure tour, you won’t have to worry about missing the sweetest spots because they’ll find them for you.
Discount: Our guests receive a 10% discount when booking online. Visit incadventures.com to find out all the available tours.