Over the past month I have had the opportunity for work and for personal reasons to visit the cities of Tampa and San Francisco. That being said I wanted to not just be there for the business at hand but I also wanted to see some of what the city had to offer. While I did not have a ton of time in the cities, I decided to reach out to a company I had worked with one other time when I went to Chicago (Read about the trip here), CityPASS to see if they would be interested in working with me to try their product and allow me to see the cities, they were.
One of the things that I like about CityPASS is that they bring forth some of the most popular destinations within the city and make them accessible to you and your family at a reasonable price. CityPASS is a booklet of actual admission tickets, not coupons. Guests can proceed directly to the main entrance, because San Francisco and Tampa Bay CityPASS is your actual ticket and you don’t have to stand in line to buy a ticket (Thus saving you time). Not only do you have the opportunity to access the sites, but at many of them you can get discounts on adding to the pass too. That being said, if you have the time to use the passes, you definitely can see and experience a lot of the culture, sights, sounds and more of the city when you are using the CityPASS tickets that you receive when you purchase your CityPASS booklet.
I also am impressed with the array of cities that they are working in now. You can see a full list here.
In the cities that I visited I tried out a few of the coupons, as I did not have time to use them all unfortunately. I will share a few of the experiences here, and hope that in the end you will find that you too will want to check out CityPASS the next time you are visiting one of the tourist locations that they frequent.
In Tampa, the one location that I wanted to share was the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This working hospital got notoriety due to the Dolphin Tale & Dolphin Tale 2 movies. Yes, this is the actual site where Winter and Hope are, and yes, I did get to see them both and it was very cool! The site itself is set up with numerous areas where marine animals are and live, and you can easily spend the day watching, learning and more with these animals. Know that the site is not large, but there are many activities and interactive sessions with trainers during the day, and it is through these that you can spread out your visit. I arrived just after it opened and found it to be very easy to maneuver around and the employees friendly and engaging. After a few hours it started getting busy as there were busses of people that arrived and they all started to fill the spaces. When this occurred I tried to move to other areas in the facility to not get too cramped between the people. There was also a second site that is included in the pass that you receive and that is to an off-site location that is about a mile away that is dedicated to the movie itself. The site has a ton of movie memorabilia, facts and more as well as a very cool interactive area that recreates the Hurricane that hit in the first movie. All-in-all this is a great facility that is great for families, couples or individuals. You will learn a ton and also have your heart warmed a bit as you see the two famed Dolphins too!
In San Francisco, one of the experiences that I loved the most was the Trolley Car rides that I took. Yes, the other locations that I visited were great too, but these cars are so iconic and something that I had not experienced in the past. The cars are exactly as you have seen, but how they work and stay on the steep streets of the city were amazing. They also bring you all over the city and allow you to maneuver easily without having to deal with the traffic that is all around. While yes, I did partake in a few other of the locations provided in the coupon book, this was on the top of my list coming in and leaving too!
All-in-all I have to again commend CityPASS for what it is trying to do. Getting people to truly experience these amazing cities is amazing and I for one have to say that for the price and for what you get, it is definitely worth it!
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