The Gold Saucer is an important location for the story of the game as well as a number of side quests that you can complete. You will visit it multiple times during a regular playthrough and it is located on the eastern section of the westernmost continent. The only way to access Gold Saucer is by going through North Corel and taking the tram as Gold Saucer is surrounded by an impassable desert on all sides.
The story of the game takes you through Gold Saucer two different times…
The first visit to Gold Saucer is in the middle of Disc 1 where you run in to Cait Sith for the first time and where your team gets thrown in to Corel Prison after the massacre at Battle Square is discovered.
The second visit to Gold Saucer is after the team visits Rocket Town, escapes in the Tiny Bronco, and goes searching for clues to find the Keystone which ends up being in Gold Saucer. This visit is where the infamous date scene with Cloud occurs. Check out the Gold Saucer Date Scene side quest page for additional details.
There is an Item Shop at Ghost Square where you can purchase the following items:
You will also have to revisit Gold Saucer in order to complete the arcade mini-games and the Chocobo Racing and Breeding side quest. Click on the links below for additional information:
Chocobo Racing and Breeding
How to race and breed Blue, Green, Black and Gold Chocobos to reach some of the most remote areas on the world map and obtain some of the best treasures in the game.
Gold Saucer Games
Completing each of the arcade-style mini-games that you can play in Wonder Square.
The map below shows the location of the Gold Saucer on the World Map; but remember, you have to go to North Corel: