Go City Pass for Exploring Las Vegas
If you are looking for some fun before or after a traditional wedding, a good old fashioned Las Vegas elopement or just planning a Las Vegas visit, I would highly recommend checking out Go City’s pass!
Colin and I recently celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. As avid rock climbers, we wanted to celebrate with a two-day climbing excursion. Red Rock is a destination climbing location and close to Las Vegas. However, the weather had other plans, as the glorious southern Nevada desert received a downpour of rain we realized we needed another plan, queue the Go City Pass to save the day.
Go City is an amazing and low-stress way to see the sites of a new city at a discount. You purchase the pass in advance on the website, organize your trip in their app, and then when your trip begins just scan your barcode and have fun! I will explain how to utilize a Go City pass and then tell you all about our personal experience on my first time touring the Las Vegas Strip.
How to Use the Go City Pass
- Visit the website and select the type of pass that is right for you. You can buy a pass by the number of days you would like to use it (All-Inclusive Pass) if you are a go-getter who likes to see a lot in a day or have a fixed duration trip this is absolutely the way to go. You can also buy a pass by the number of attractions you would like to visit (Explorer Pass) this would be great if you had a long trip, don’t like busy days, or maybe even are touring your own city. We only had two days for our trip so we bought a two-day pass. If we had had one more day we would have been able to take advantage of a lot more attractions.
- Purchase your pass and then download the app. Once you have purchased your pass, download the app. A pro tip, don’t buy your passes altogether. Occasionally, they offer a 10% discount after your first purchase. So I bought my pass for full price then used the discount code they offered to return and buy my husband’s pass for a little discount.
- Plan your trip in the app. The app will allow you to build an itinerary to plan your trip. You can see what attractions are included in your pass, what attractions will require advanced reservations, and then see your whole trip laid out on a map. Our trip was too short to take advantage of the premium attractions, most of which require advance reservations. While you can purchase the pass in advance most of the reservations should be made within about a week of your trip, with a minimum of 72 hours.
- Pick a location to begin your trip, open your barcode in the app, and enjoy the city!!
When you purchase a pass for 3 or more days, a Premium attraction is included. You are given the choice between several fun options like a helicopter tour of the strip or the SkyJump from the STRAT. For these attractions, you must call and make a reservation a minimum of 72 hours before participation. Once you’ve purchased a pass, it is easy to schedule because all of the information is included. When we used a Go City Pass in New York, our trip was long enough to include a Premium Attraction. For this post, we weren’t able to use the Premium attraction because our trip was only two days.
A Few Things We Learned or Realized Along the Way
Fly LINQ Zipline and the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas are both Thursday through Sunday. We were disappointed to miss these two attractions because of the dates of our trip. I can only imagine how amazing the Bellagio fountain must look from the Eiffel Tower observation deck. Additionally, we didn’t do the Las Vegas Downtown- Fremont St. Walking Tour because we ran out of time. I think our next Las Vegas exploration will be Fremont St. Keep your eyes peeled for that blog post.
There are $35 of food and drink credits included in this pass, don’t miss it! We were able to enjoy a meal without going over the credits at both Senior Frog’s and Planet Hollywood. We enjoyed the decor at Senior Frog’s. If you go, be sure to sit outside and enjoy the water, people watching, and music.
Our favorite stop on the trip was the REAL BODIES exhibit at Bally’s. This might surprise you to hear but before going full time as a wedding photographer here in las vegas I was a massage therapist. I learned so much anatomy during that career, and truly developed a love for anatomy. We are both fans of anatomy and so this was a truly thought-provoking exhibit. Please recognize that these are actual cadavers donated for the exhibit and so it will not be for everyone. If you enjoy anatomy, budget at least an hour and a half for this exhibit. There is a bit of reading to go along with each organ system. You can take as many pictures and videos as you would like!
The SkyPod, Top of the World, and the STRAT
We enjoyed an anniversary dinner at Top of The World, the restaurant at the top of the STRAT. The food was delicious and the view breathtaking. I love a good observation deck and The SkyPod has a great view of the Strip, probably my favorite view of the trip. The SkyPod is included in the Go City Pass but the dinner at Top of the World was not. It was the only stop on our weekend that wasn’t paid for by the City Pass.
High Roller Observation Wheel
We rode the High Roller Observation Wheel during the daytime (as the ticket included with the Go City pass is for the hours of 2 PM-5 PM). This was another favorite on our trip. We rode the high roller at 4 PM and while it was quiet and we could have gotten a pod to ourselves the sun was right in our eyes for pictures, I don’t think this could have been avoided as the earliest ride was at 2 PM, but if I was to ride again I would have gone at 4:50 or right at 2 PM to catch the light at a better time.
Mini Grand Prix and Virtual Reality Experience
Two first-time experiences for me were go-karting at the Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix and playing virtual reality at Virtual Reality Experience. I will be honest neither of these was stops I would do again and they were both off the strip so if you don’t have transportation I wouldn’t stress about making it to them. That being said I have never go-karted or played virtual reality and both were pretty fun. Part of what I like about the Go City pass is that it will give you the chance to try some things you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.
Marvel S.T.A.T.I.O.N, Madame Tussads, and The Big Apple Roller Coster
Marvel Avenger S.T.A.T.I.O.N. was missing spider man which, I have to be honest, was a bit of a letdown. If you are an avengers fan this is a fun walk.
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas was a great stop for selfies with the rich and famous. The wax sculptures are truly amazing. I could not believe how lifelike the statutes were.
The Big Apple Roller Coaster is not something to do after you’ve eaten! With a 360 degree loup and a corkscrew, you will find yourself upside down not once but twice! For me, this was quite a bit of excitement. With the Go City pass it is easy to hop on and off, no line and the hours are Monday- Thursday 11 AM-11 PM and Friday-Sunday 11 AM- Midnight.
There’s so much to see in Las Vegas and a Go City Pass is a convenient way to focus on the fun and keep the logistics simple. It’s not rock climbing but it was a great anniversary.