Go Los Angeles Card

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From Hollywood Boulevard to Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Park and beyond, Los Angeles is an amazing city. Its diverse collection of cultural institutions, shopping, and restaurants make it one of the best vacation destinations in the country. While it can be a bit pricy to visit, the Go Los Angeles Card by Smart Destinations will make any L.A. trip more affordable. And although there are plenty of Hollywood-oriented tours and attractions, there’s so much more than that to do in Los Angeles. Spend a day indulging your inner child (or making the kids happy) at one of the area’s great theme parks, meet new creatures at prominent aquariums and zoos, or explore some fascinating museums. Whatever you and your family are interested in, Los Angeles has something wonderful to offer!

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Top Included Los Angeles Attractions

Universal Studios (included with a 3-, 5- and 7-Day card)
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Aquarium of the Pacific
California Science Center
Queen Mary
Knott’s Berry Farm
Six Flags Magic Mountain

See the complete list of attractions and tours in the sidebar.

How it Works

The Go Los Angeles Card is an all-inclusive attraction pass, featuring over 30 area attractions to choose from. It’s a digital pass (or physical card, depending on where you buy it) that provides admission to any of the participating attractions you want to visit during the active life of your card from 9 am – 5:30 pm. Purchase the card for a number of days (1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days are the available options) and activate it when you visit your first attraction. Important Advantage: The days can be used over a two-week period, after the first attraction visit.

No need to choose attractions in advance, although in the case of certain attractions like cruises and tours, you may want to or be required to make reservations.

What’s Good?

The greatest strength of the Go Los Angeles Card is the wide variety of available attractions. Rather than being confined to just theme parks or only museums, visitors have the option to craft a personalized vacation that includes a little bit of everything they’re interested in.

Most people purchase the card for the substantial savings on admission. For example, customers who visit two or three attractions per day with a 5-Day Go Los Angeles Card can save over 50%!

The flexibility of this product is another big bonus. You can actually use the cards on non-consecutive days, making it easy to break for a beach day in between busier afternoons at theme parks or museums. It’s also useful for locals who may want to use the card, but don’t feel the need to cram everything into one long weekend.

Because each person has his or her own card, families can split up and visit different attractions based on their interests. This provides valuable freedom in the event of bad weather or another change in plans.

The card also comes with the ability to skip the line at select attractions like Six Flags Magic Mountain, a benefit that can actually save a tremendous amount of time during the summer busy season.

As an extra benefit to cardholders, the Go Los Angeles Card also offers special discounts at shopping and dining venues, as well as at additional attractions like whale watches, theatrical performances, and even car rentals. This allows you to save money on activities and attractions not included in the card itself, which can make a big difference in the budget.

The passes are also convenient and easy to use because of Smart Destinations’ exclusive digital delivery. Purchase the pass online and download it instantly. Display it on your smartphone, or print it out!

Lastly, the comprehensive guidebook included with the cards is an invaluable resource and can help visitors make the most out of their Go Los Angeles Card and their vacations. It includes maps, directions, contact information, and even some basic information about local transportation options.

What Could get better?

The omission most people point to with the Go Los Angeles Card is that it doesn’t include admission to Disneyland. If Disney is for sure on your radar, purchase a shorter duration card to cover your admission everywhere else.

While some attractions may be open later, the card only provides admission until 5:30 pm. For ways around this, check out the tip below.

Some visitors are only able to be in town for one or two days, and would still like to see Universal Studios Hollywood, but the 1- and 2-Day Go Los Angeles Cards don’t include Universal as an available attraction. On the plus side, if you do make a point of purchasing a 3-Day card just to get Universal, you can visit the attraction all three days of your card!

Get Your Money’s Worth

Generally speaking, you’ll get more value out of your Go Los Angeles Card if you visit more attractions. A good rule of thumb is to visit between 2-3 attractions per day to maximize your savings with the product.

However, for longer duration cards, you can actually get the same value by visiting fewer attractions per day. For example, you’ll only need to visit one (or less) per day with a 7-Day Go Los Angeles Card to get your money’s worth.

You also maximize your savings by choosing some more expensive attractions in conjunction with some smaller ones. For example, theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood or Six Flags come with higher price tags than small natural history museums, and visits to these will do more to max out your value.

Insider Tips

The Go Los Angeles Card is good for a number of days after activation, and is activated by the first attraction you visit. To make the most of the life of your card, be sure to visit your first attraction at or around 9 am each day (when the card is eligible for use).

While the card is only usable until 5:30 pm each night, you can stay in the attractions as long as they are open after admission. So if you’ve found an attraction you want to see that’s open until 7 pm, for example, plan to get there a little before 5:30 to make the most of your card. The Go Los Angeles Card includes a lot of tourist attractions that open later than 5:30 including: Universal Studios, Madame Tussauds, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, Six Flags Magic Mountain. Knott’s Berry Farm, K1 Speed, Legoland in the summer, the Grammy Museum is open till 6:30.

L.A. is a fairly spread out city, so keep in mind travel time and potential traffic when planning your day. Theme parks in particular tend to be spread out from downtown L.A., and will require extra time on either end for transit. If you are looking to stuff a lot of attractions into one day, Hollywood is a good neighborhood to start with.

If you plan well and are aware of the included extras – at restaurants, for example – you can save a lot of money on dining or drinking. However, you should be aware that some places will scan your card in order to process the discount, which will activate the card, so be sure to use the card for discounts on days you will be visiting attractions.

Coupon Codes

 

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Get  $10 off your Go Card/Explorer Pass order over $20!  via coupon code:  JanuarySavings  .

The fine print: Limit 1 Coupon/Order; Must Be Redeemed Online. Book now to use the coupon. It should have expired by now but i just tested it and it still works. Does not work on build-your-own passes.

Where to Buy It

The Go Los Angeles Card is available at many outlets. You can buy it at travel or retail sites like Expedia, Costco, Orbitz or Travelocity. You can also opt to buy it at certain physical retailers once you get to Los Angeles, but those locations can occasionally be tricky to find and are occasionally out of the way.

The best place to buy the card is on the Smart Destinations website. They offer the most reasonable pricing and frequently have promotions that give you discounts on purchases over a certain amount. They also have a great return policy, allowing you to return unused cards for up to a year after purchase.