TripAdvisor is something akin to a travel Bible for me. I love to read the reviews of the places I plan to visit (or not to visit after reading). When we decided last fall to take the kids on a trip to San Diego, that is the first place I went to online. I also try to write reviews when I have visited something fun or unique or had a great dining experience. I think I’m only one or two reviews away from being a “Senior Contributor”.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, a place to eat or a place to be entertained, TripAdvisor is the place to go. However, there is no category for one of the best money-saving items we purchased for our trip, the San Diego Go Card. I tried to find reviews online before we went and before I purchased these because it sounded too good to be true. The only place I really found a significant number of reviews was on the website where I purchased the Go cards. I’m not saying that I don’t trust their website, but I’m skeptical by nature, so I wanted to find some “real people” reviews. I managed to find a site or two where people praised the card, but I was still unsure. I watched and waited at the website that features the Go Cards for San Diego as well as several other cities. Around February, there was a sale and I was able to buy the Go Cards for 179.98, a significant discount from the $259 full price amount shown on their website: Smart Destinations San Diego.
I’m so glad I decided to take a chance and to buy the San Diego Go Cards! During our 7 day stay, the 5 day Go Cards saved a significant amount of money! All we had to do was take the cards to the ticket window of the attraction we were visiting and once they were scanned we received tickets. Here’s the breakdown:
Day 1: Padres v. Dodgers game at Petco Park (Didn’t use Go Card, but there is an afternoon tour of Petco Park that is included on the card)
Day 3: Legoland (78.00/person)
Day 4: San Diego Zoo (44.00/person), San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts (8.00/person), San Diego Model Railroad Museum (8.00/person – just Aurora and I went here), San Diego Museum of Natural History (17.00/person), San Diego Air & Space Museum (18.00/person), San Diego Automotive Museum (8.50/person) The nice thing about having the GO Cards at the museums was that we didn’t feel as if we HAD to stay for any allocated amount of time as we might have had we paid the full price for admission. It definitely allowed us to spend the time we wanted or to see a few exhibits and move on to the next.
Day 5: We spent 7.00/person for day passes on public transportation. We parked at Old Town Transportation center and rode from there. While we were near Old Town, we took a self guided tour of the Whaley House (8.00/person), one of the stops on our Day 2 Ghost Tour, and reportedly the most haunted house in America. When we got downtown we took a Flagship Harbor Cruise (19.00/person), visited the USS Midway Museum(19.00/person), took a ferry to Coronado Island (8.50/person) and then stopped at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto in Little Italy for supper.
Day 7: Attempt to make it back home……bonus day in San Diego along the docks thanks to Delta.
Day 8: Back home
There were several other attractions that we could have used the Go Card for as well, so could have potentially saved even more, but it would have been at the expense of losing goodwill with some of our travellers, so we opted for a more relaxed schedule the last day 🙂 All in all, though, I would have spent 319.00/person for four of the group and 327.00/person for 2, for a total of 1930.00 and the Go Cards were 1278.40. This amounts to a total saved of 651.60! I would say the Go Cards were a good investment!