Sightseeing in East Palo Alto

Up to 52% Off Computer History Museum Visit

Computer History Museum

Mountain View

$30 $15

History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

55% Up to Admission to Filoli

Filoli

Woodside, California

$40 $19.99

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654-acre estate encompasses manicured gardens, nature preserve, and stately house filled with antiques and paintings

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Up to 53% Off

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Downtown San Jose

$40 $19

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Ride in a jet-pack chair, design and dress robots, and marvel at other inventions in a museum devoted to problem-solving

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Britannia Arms

$90 $45

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

Up to 58% Off Navigation and Orienteering Class 

Treks and Tracks

Multiple Locations

$105 $49

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Outdoor guides teach essential navigation techniques, such as triangulating locations or orienting a map without a compass

Chabot Space & Science Center — Up to 54% Off LaserMania

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland Park

$28 $14

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Enjoy a fusion of art and science with a 360-degree laser-light show set to the music of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, or U2

50% Off Sightseeing Tour or Flight

Golden Gate Accessible Aviation

Oakland

$350 $175

Experienced pilots take passengers on a flight past San Francisco landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge

Half Off Admission to Oakland Aviation Museum

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

The Museum of Children's Arts – Up to 36% Off Studio or Party

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

$14 $9

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Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

San Francisco

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Contemporary Jewish Museum – Up to 42% Off

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

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Explore the history, culture, and ideas of the Jewish community through constantly rotating exhibitions of art and design

51% Off Weekend Party Cruises

Fume Blanc Commedore

SB 40 RESTAURANT

$79 $39

Weekend party cruises with cash bar, supplemented by live DJs or sightseeing on Sunday afternoons

Up to 50% Off a Historic Angel Island Tram Tour

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

$30 $15

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One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

51% Off Tour from Segway of Healdsburg

Segway of Healdsburg

On Location

$99 $49

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Expert tour guides lead groups of Segway-riding guests to wineries for vista views and optional tastings

Victorian Home Walk – 30% Off Tour

Victorian Home Walk

Union Square

$50 $35

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Learn about Victorian architecture while walking down quiet residential streets & past filming locations, such as the Mrs. Doubtfire home

Up to 64% Off Drag Queen Historical Tour

Drag Me Along Tours

San Francisco

$40 $19

Rick Shelton, a.k.a Countess Lola Montez leads walking tours full of flair, opening an imaginary porthole to old San Francisco

Urban Hike from Urban Hiker SF

Urban Hiker SF

Multiple Locations

$45 $45

Learn about the city and get in a workout by exploring San Francisco's many trails, hills, and public stairways

The Beat Museum – Up to 61% Off Admission

The Beat Museum

North Beach

$31 $12

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Artifacts and stories from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat Generation figures populate museum

Up to 64% Off Food Tour

San Francisco Food Safari

San Francisco

$40 $19

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

40% Off Membership at Cartoon Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

Yerba Buena

$45 $27

A year of admission and other perks at a museum that celebrates all cartoons, from anime and video games to TV shows and Sunday funnies

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Tour with Eight Tastings

Great Food Tours

San Francisco

$50 $25

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

Half Off Maritime Parks Association Membership

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

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

Up to 54% Off from San Francisco City Guides

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

50% Off Historical Walking Tour

Suede Shirt Travel

Downtown San Francisco

$60 $30

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

Up to 40% Off Armory Tour for Two

SF Armory

Mission

$50 $30

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Employees lead 90-minute tours for guests aged 18 & older through five floors of historic armory & elaborate adult-film sets

Up to 46% Off Museum Memberships

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

$65 $35

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Museum with permanent and rotating interactive exhibits on the history of the African diaspora and the artistic reactions it has inspired

$44.01 Off Romantic Yacht Tour of the Bay

Just Dreaming

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 59% Off Haight is Luv Tour Company

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 63% Off Historic Submarine Tour

USS Pampanito

Fisherman's Wharf

$24 $13

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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 52% Off Visits to The GLBT History

The GLBT History Museum

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

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

Fisherman's Wharf

$50 $25

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

Habitot Children's Museum – Up to 51% Off

Habitot Children's Museum

Downtown Berkeley

$28 $14

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Habitot builds infants’ and young kids' creative-thinking and problem-solving skills through exhibits, art studio, and educational programs

Golden State Model Railroad Museum – Up to 51% Off

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Richmond

$45 $22

Passes grant free admission to shows in 10,000 sq. ft. museum of operational model trains & recreated Northern California terrain.

45% Off Wildlife Watching

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

38% Off a Sunset Cruise for Two

Angel Island Tiburon Ferry

Tiburon

$40 $25

On Fridays and Saturdays, 90-minute trips cruise around the bay as passengers enjoy sights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island

Bay Area Discovery Museum – Up to 55% Off Visit

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

$22 $10

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Kids create art and explore interactive exhibits while learning about scientific concepts and local landmarks

Up to 56% Off Haunted Interactive Walking Tour

Napa City Ghosts & Legends Walking Tours

Napa Courthouse

$36 $18

Native of Napa guides guests through historic local sites rich with spooky history and allegedly occupied by spirits

50% Off Tasting at Napa Valley Distillery

Napa Valley Distillery

Cental Napa

$40 $20

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Guests sip craft spirits and learn about the creation process, as well as the history of the type of spirits they are tasting

Up to 68% Off Tasting at Leal Vineyards

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

$30 $11

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Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

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Underneath the stately stained-glass dome of the 1910 Old County Courthouse, tourists, locals, and history buffs stuff their brains with knowledge from interactive kiosks and thousands of books and primary sources about San Mateo County. Hands-on school programs and a wealth of exhibits educate visitors on particular aspects of the region's heritage, including the natural resources that enrich the shores and forests, and the waves of pioneers who used local raw materials to support the growth of not only San Mateo County, but San Francisco as well. The museum’s curators and archivists pride themselves on their professionalism, nabbing a coveted accreditation by the American Association of Museums, an honor claimed by only a small percentage of the nation’s museums and none of the nation’s dry cleaners.

2200 Broadway St.
Redwood City,
CA
US

Celebrate Art! lets kids explore their creativity and develop art skills. During Preschool Picassos classes, instructors help kids as young as 18 months paint, cut, and paste to create their own works. Kids aged 6 or older develop more nuanced techniques during art-fundamentals classes. Celebrate Art! also hosts parties, play groups, and themed summer day camps.

1023 Chestnut St
Redwood City,
CA
US

• For $15, you get a one-year individual membership (a $35 value). • For $25, you get a one-year household membership that extends to all people residing at one address (a $50 value).

51 S San Antonio Rd
Los Altos,
CA
US

The Community School of Music and Arts unleashes the creativity that indwells each student's liver by offering an array of art lessons and exhibitions. A selection of more than 40 available classes allows artists of all ages to clutch brushes, chisels, and ketchup blasters and recreate their world during basic animation ($160 for eight weeks), watercolor on the spot: outdoor painting ($150 for six weeks), or contemporary collage ($180 for eight weeks). Like bear hunting season, the classes run in two sessions, from January 24 to March 21 (Session A) and March 28 to May 21 (Session B). Click here to view CSMA's catalog; classes available with this Groupon are featured beginning on page 24.

230 San Antonio Cir
Mountain View,
CA
US

Silicon Valley. Analog computers. Artificial intelligence. The Computer History Museum chronicles the 2,000-plus year history of computing. The exhibits include a range of displays that introduce guests to ancient devices, the first computers from the 1940s and 50s, and examples of contemporary mobile computing.

During visits, interactive exhibits invite players to compete in a game of pong or relay the stories of the first computer pioneers. The online exhibits detail the history of computer chess, marketing the computer revolution, and reflect back on this day in computer history. The museum also displays a fully-functioning Charles Babbage’s first automatic computing machine—the Babbage Engine, which he designed in 1834, though it wasn’t built until more than a century later—giving visitors a rare glimpse into the evolution computing.

1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View,
CA
US

Helicopter pioneer Stanley Hiller Jr. founded the Hiller Aviation Museum with the future in mind, using history to inspire future generations to explore and create. He had firsthand proof of the innovative abilities of youth—his design for the first successful coaxial helicopter landed at age 19.

In the museum he established in 1998, 53,000 square feet of exhibits let visitors of all ages discover more than 40 aircraft without the dangers of encountering them in the wild. A narrated walking tour leads the way through them, tracing the history of flight from its humble beginnings in village jumping contests to today's supersonic jets. Fixed-wing and rotary aircraft designed by Hiller and others rest throughout the huge, bright space, while weekends beckon would-be pilots into a flight simulator equipped with huge monitors of bay views and realistic yokes, throttles, and pedals.

601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos,
CA
US