Sightseeing in California

Up to 51% Off Segway Tours

Core-Columbia

$99 $49

Professional guides lead segway tours of downtown's Waterfront and Gaslamp Quarter or the picturesque Balboa Park

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Britannia Arms

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Tour and Photograph Vibrant Neighborhoods with a Storyteller

San Francisco

$45 $45

Garry Bowden kicks things off with a Chinese tea ceremony, then shares photography tips as he guides you through several neighborhoods

Up to 38% Off a Wine-Tasting Tour

Fresno

$120 $75

Shuttles take passengers to wineries along the Fresno & Madera Wine Trails for tastings; private tour includes cheese & a bottle of wine

Crocker Art Museum – 44% Off Classic-Film Screening

Downtown

$16 $9

Classic, family-friendly films screened in the Crocker Art Museum courtyard; includes museum admission on the day of each screening

Up to 35% Off Hollywood Tour Package

Long Beach

$89 $59

For eight hours, luxury Mercedes buses explore Hollywood's most famous haunts such as celebrity homes and iconic movie locations

Up to 50% Off Guided Tour of FDR's Presidential Yacht

Oakland Alameda Ferry Dock

$20 $11

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Dockside tours of Franklin Roosevelt's "Floating White House" provide stunning sights and insight into FDR's life

Kern County Museum – Up to 50% Off

Bakersfield

$50 $25

See 150-year-old buildings in the Pioneer Village and explore the history of California oil in the Black Gold exhibit

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Garden Grove

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 51% Off at Lyon Air Museum

Orange County Airport

$24 $12

Authentic planes and rare automobiles that trace back to World War II are on display at this museum, located within John Wayne Airport

Up to 50% Off at Living Coast Discovery Center

Bayfront

$28 $14

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Observe and interact with native California creatures, such as sea turtles, sharks, and hawks, or explore 1.5 miles of nature trails

40% Off Tour from Blue Ocean Kayaking

Channel Islands Harbor

$250 $149

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Groups hop aboard a custom-built boat before getting into kayaks and paddling through Anapaca Island's natural sea caves

Up to Half Off S.S. Lane Victory Admission

LA Harbor, San Pedro

$10 $5

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Historic landmark and floating museum helped evacuate Korean refugees, served in post-WWII aid missions, and has appeared in numerous films

Up to 42% Off Pedal-Powered Bar Crawl

Tavern at the Beach

$45 $30

Pedal-powered bike seats up to 16 riders as they pedal through Pacific Beach, stopping off at local bars for drinks and socializing

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

San Pedro Street Market

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; participants gulp drink specials at after party

42% Off Walking Food Tour

Multiple Locations

$60 $35

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Guides share facts about local history and culture while participants taste pizza, falafel, and bakery treats

Fresno Art Museum – Up to 62% Off

Fresno

$50 $19

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Modern and contemporary art, as well as pre-Columbian ceramics exhibits; membership includes guest passes and discounted special events

Up to Half Off Military Museum Visit

Central Sacramento

$20 $10

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March through California's long tradition of military service while exploring photos, themed exhibits, and more than 33,000 artificats

45% Off Two-Hour Segway Tours

Multiple Locations

$84 $46

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Guided tours glide across sandy surfaces and historic waterfront, cruising past iconic landmarks

Up to 60% Off Tours from Segway of Oakland

Oakland

$150 $65

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Tours roam Oakland and pause at landmarks after video overview of Segway handling and Segway rentals allow self-guided exploration

50% Off a Helicopter Tour for Two

Atlantic Executive Terminal

$398 $199

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Helicopter tours of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach unveil panoramas of Corona del Mar, the Newport dunes, and other sites

Half Off at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Ventura County Maritime Museum

$10 $5

Discover the history of the Channel Islands Harbor through artifacts, ship models, and art related to local maritime industry and culture

Up to 58% Off LGBT Walking Tour

Los Angeles

$90 $39

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Walking tour explores Los Angeles' historic LGBT sites including Native American settlements and Golden Age hotels and bathhouses

Half Off a Yacht Tour from Shared Dreams

San Diego

$300 $150

See whales, seals, battleships, and other San Diego sights during this customizable tour aboard a plush yacht

Up to 64% Off Food Tour

San Francisco

$40 $19

Tour takes guests through North Beach to learn about its rich heritage and Italian cuisine

Up to 41% Off Cemetery Tour or History Museum Membership

Historical Society of Long Beach

$100 $59

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Tour covers some of Long Beach's most notable residents; history museum exhibits photographs, newspapers, documents, and other artifacts

Half Off Admission to Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

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Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

50% Off from The Pirate Boat Ride

Hollywood

$30 $15

Boat rides showcase Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay, particularly birds and sea lions and breathtaking Anacapa Island

Up to 51% Off Wine Tours from Zuri Wine Tasting

Westchester Shopping Center

$89 $44

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Luxury motorcoaches ferry tour-goers to historical wineries, opulent restaurants, and hip shopping destinations with views of the Pacific

Up to 56% Off Whale-Watching and Nature Cruises

Mission Bay Park

$280 $129

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A 70-foot boat ferries passengers on eight-hour tours for whale and dolphin sightings; tours include breakfast, lunch, and drinks

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Tour with Eight Tastings

San Francisco

$50 $25

Explore the tastes of the 19th-century Ghirardelli shop, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and the traditional pralines of Leonidas

Up to 48% Off Gondola Rides

Long Beach

$125 $65

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Groups drift along the water as professional gondoliers guide them through the 100-year-old canals of Naples Island

Up to 58% Off Whale Watching

Oxnard

$50 $25

Three-hour narrated tours educate voyagers as they spot whales, dolphins, and sea lions amid the waters of Channel Islands National Park

Up to 55% Off Hollywood Open Bus Tours

Hollywood

$98 $44

Visit the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and go past the houses of dozens of celebrities with this star-seeing tour

Up to 67% Off Segway or Walking Tour

Multiple Locations

$149 $55

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Segway instruction and entertaining tours through La Jolla or Gaslamp Harbor; tour of Gaslamp Harbor also available on foot

Half Off Maritime Parks Association Membership

Fisherman's Wharf

$60 $30

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Association membership entitles holders and guests to free entry into historic ships and a submarine, as well as event invites

38% Off Tour Flights at Catalina Air Harbor

Long Beach Municipal Airport

$158 $98

Tours start at Long Beach Airport and soar over downtown Long Beach, Los Angeles maritime complex, Ports O'Call area, and Point Fermin

Up to 42% Off Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Los Angeles

$30 $18

Stroll through areas such as Union Station and Grand Central Market while a guide shares the history of each spot

Up to 51% Off Sunset Cruise with Drinks

San Diego

$400 $199

Board a yacht for a leisurely cruise around San Diego Bay that reveals stunning views of the Pacific sunset and a drink for each passenger

Up to 54% Off from San Francisco City Guides

Civic Center

$75 $35

70+ monthly tours offered year-round, each focused on the architecture, history, and legends of San Francisco

Up to 50% Off a Whale-Watching Cruise

Long Beach

$35 $19

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Aboard double-decker vessels, narrated cruises sail throughout the Pacific Ocean and search for whales, dolphins, and sea lions

Up to 60% Off Cupcake Tour of Hollywood

Hollywood

$50 $25

Two-hour walking tours start at Georgetown Cupcake and include eight tastings from merchants such as Magnolia Bakery and Tartine O Chocolat

Up to 57% Off Whale-Watching Tour

San Diego

$88 $39

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3-hour tours include narration by a certified marine biologist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 149

Up to 58% Off SF Bay Photo Club and Ecology Tours

Multiple Locations

$69 $34

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Travel through San Francisco Bay, searching for marine life or snapping pictures of Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts

Up to 58% Off from Hollywoodland Tours

Hollywood

$29 $14

Van tours of Hollywood shuttle camera-wielding sightseers past the iconic Hollywood sign, spots where movies are filmed, and stars’ homes

Up to 53% Off from Ghostly Tours in History

Ghostly Tours

$40 $19

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Paranormal walking tour visits various sites of haunted history, from eerie backstreets to the hangouts of gamblers and gunmen

50% Off Historical Walking Tour

Downtown San Francisco

$60 $30

"Deep dive" guided walking tour that presents the beautiful sights and amazing stories of early San Francisco

Up to 33% Off Beerbus.LA Tour

Los Angeles

$100 $69

Tour guides lead groups to various local craft breweries where guests can sip craft beer, tour the brewery and learn the brewing process

Up to 53% Off at San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

$17 $8

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Classic motorcycles join a 1928 Studebaker and a custom 1947 Cadillac to pay homage to collectable autos

Up to 55% Off Golden Gate Bridge Tour

Russian Hill

$80 $39

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A guide leads guests past the iconic bridge and down to the beachfront, spotting architectural landmarks, sea life, and the Sutro Baths

Museum of Tolerance – Up to 56% Off

Beverlywood

$31 $17

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Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

Up to 52% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

Gaslamp

$60 $29

Pedal about town while visiting San Diego's best bars

$44.01 Off Romantic Yacht Tour of the Bay

Potrero

$200 $155.99

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Couples cruise the harbor for up to two hours, marveling at the skyline and the twinkling lights on the Bay Bridge

Up to 53% Off Helicopter Tour from Star Helicopters

Hawthorne Airport

$675 $375

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Treat yourself, friends, or loved ones to a sky-high ride above the entertainment capital of the world

Up to 61% Off Urban Scavenger Hunt

Whiskey Girl

$100 $40

Five-hour scavenger hunt takes participants through 12 challenges that encourage them to explore the city while testing their mettle

Up to 59% Off Haight is Luv Tour Company

Chinatown

$40 $20

Tours focus on the people who made the magic happen, and use 100+ photographs in order to complete the picture of the corner in 1967

Up to 58% Off from Rockin Hollywood Tours

Hollywood

$40 $20

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Knowledgeable guides lead guests on two-hour tours that visit over 70 famous Hollywood locations

Up to 63% Off Historic Submarine Tour

Fisherman's Wharf

$24 $12

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Restored WWII submarine shares its history via audio tours, oral histories, letters, and educational programs for adults and kids

Up to 60% Off Hollywood Bus Tour

Hollywood

$22 $10

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The one-hour guided tour showcases Hollywood sites such as the Walk of Fame, Capitol Records, and Pretty Woman filming locations

Up to 52% Off Visits to The GLBT History

Castro

$10 $5

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Encompassing 100 years of the city's GLBT history, the museum includes sections on drag culture, radical activists, and the AIDS epidemic

73% Off Chauffeured Wine-Country Tour

Civic Center

$750 $199

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Chauffeurs guide groups to wine country destinations inside SUVs

73% Off Chauffeured Wine-Country Tour

Civic Center

$750 $199

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Chauffeurs guide groups to wine country destinations inside SUVs

43% Off Waterfront Segway Tour

Fisherman's Wharf

$70 $40

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A guide leads and narrates a 2.5-hour tour through the Fisherman's Wharf and the waterfront past photo-worthy views and historic landmarks

43% Off Waterfront Segway Tour

Fisherman's Wharf

$70 $40

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A guide leads and narrates a 2.5-hour tour through the Fisherman's Wharf and the waterfront past photo-worthy views and historic landmarks

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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 W 6th St
Los Angeles,
CA
US

In 1927, after seven years of Prohibition, Vincent Rizzo had an idea. He would buy a winery. While this may have been an unconventional move, he knew he could get Bernardo Winery at a lower price and keep the business thriving with an unlikely product: olive oil. In a stroke of cunning and arguable genius, the first-generation Rizzo owner made use of the olive trees growing on his property, selling the cold-pressed virgin oil to many of the tuna canneries in downtown San Diego. He also continued production of sacramental wine and grape juice that was, according to the winery's website, "guaranteed to ferment by the end of the road."

The winery grew to be one of San Diego County's major wine suppliers in the late 1940s, and Vincent turned the family business over to his son, Ross, in 1962. Ross's passion and dedication fueled the winery's success until his passing in 2008. Ross Rizzo, Jr. now keeps his father and grandfather's legacies alive, adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company's repertoire while paying homage to the old ways. Ross still sources his grapes from local vineyards and produces and cellars his wine to develop each variety’s distinct flavor.

Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic winery during tours and tastings, and the scenic spot also hosts private parties at several outdoor venues and in the Barrel Room, where wooden rafters and huge redwood wine-storage vats create a rustic feel. Once they are done tasting, visitors can wander through a micro village of shops and studios or get a bite to eat at Cafe Merlot. The sprawling property features nods to its storied past with accents such as wagon wheels and an antique thresher machine and events such as grape stompings, otherwise known as do-it-yourself purple pedicures.

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego,
CA
US

Winchester Mystery House is an imposing Victorian mansion built by Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchester. The house's floor plan is a study in eccentricity, boasting details including twisting hallways, secret passages, and stairways that lead nowhere. Sarah Winchester built her profoundly odd home in an effort to drive away bad spirits, including that of her late husband, whom she believed cursed her upon his death. While Sarah compulsively remodeled the house until her death in 1922, historians estimate there must have been between 500 and 600 rooms built in total. Due to the extensive remodeling and the ravages of time, only 160 rooms remain—though, by any standard, the house remains a sprawling homage to Sarah Winchester's tormented mind.

Today, visitors make their pilgrimage to the house to witness in person all its peculiar glory. The home is lovingly restored and now plays host to a number of fun, bone-chilling excursions each day. Thrill seekers can stalk through the halls by flashlight during guided tours that divulge the sordid details of Sarah Winchester's nightly séances. History buffs can explore rooms dedicated to period furniture, antique trinkets, and vintage firearms found in the home. A gift shop and café onsite give guests the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, some more edible than others.

525 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose,
CA
US

Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This century-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.

The Conservatory houses four main galleries. In the aquatic plants gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled highland gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy lowland gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The potted plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Around the fragrant stillness of these halls, the Conservatory hosts special events such as gardening workshops.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

100 J F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco,
CA
US

To make the search for fermented grapes almost as enjoyable as drinking them or throwing them at passing busses, Vino 100's friendly and knowledgeable staff of winetrepreneurs assists customers in making informed wine selections without the need for clunky vinometers and high-powered wineoculars. Vino 100 stocks more than 200 wines priced at $25 or less and more than 200 wines priced at $26 and up, as well as dozens of bottles costing equal to or less than the square root of the daily NASDAQ index. Amid its charmingly rustic décor, visitors can grab a bottle of Seven Hills Riesling ($15), De Tierra Merlot ($18), and more. The type of bottle all depends on whether they want to massage taste buds during dinner or inject a giggly romanticism into an evening that's usually spent playing Yahtzee and watching dance-contest recap shows. You can also peruse a wide selection of craft beers and savory meats and cheeses.

1528 E Champlain Dr
Fresno,
CA
US

Fright Planet Haunted Theme Park's outdoor theme park acts as a library of the world's most potent phobias. Every year, cast members reimagine its catalog of haunted environs, crafting new sets, props, and characters to prey on guests. Its dedication to genuine scares calls for only the best actors and the most grisly scenery, which is constructed with the help of a former Disneyland artist and a bulldozer possessed by the soul of a 1700s architect.

The 2013 lineup has expanded to include 10 attractions, including the ScreamMax 3-D movie theater. Though the houses all have distinct themes and decor, they share two factors: a richly painted backstory and a population of live, ghoulish denizens. Staring toys line the shelves at Höbart's Doll Factory, tight passageways put the squeeze on those brave enough to enter Jatinga: The Forbidden Temple, and cornstalks bear bloodstains on Podunk Farms. Other experiences play on claustrophobic fears—for example, Buried Alive: The Ride shuts patrons into a coffin where they endure a simulated hearse ride, burial, and the chilling sound of worms calling dibs on their body parts.

1600 Exposition Boulevard
Sacramento,
CA
US

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