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San Francisco City Guides

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Address: 100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415-557-4266
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and...
City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.
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We partook in two tours led by the San Francisco Library Tour Guides-- Fisherman's Wharf and the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. We wish we had learned of these tours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Regina, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We partook in two tours led by the San Francisco Library Tour Guides-- Fisherman's Wharf and the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. We wish we had learned of these tours sooner. We would have done more. They offer 30 different tours each month with very enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer guides. There is no charge for the tours; only... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We took two City Guides tours while visiting San Francisco: China Town and North Beach. The tours are led by volunteer residents who are enthusiastic about their city and eager to share it with visitors. They last one and a half to two hours, and are free, although donations are encouraged. Both tours were excellent, and the guides were helpful... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We took the Golden Gate Bridge tour and learnt a lot! Linda was very enthusiastic and made us look at the bridge from a whole new perspective. Recommended!

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Dulles, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Came across a mention of this organization in a city guide book, and decided to check out their website (http://www.sfcityguides.org). We took the one-hour tour of the Ferry Building and were ever so impressed! Each guide choses his or her own area of the city to highlight, and so is enthusiastic about the tour. Our guide - Cara - was... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We are frequent travellers and often take walking tours of cities we visit, finding them usually interesting and informative. We went on two such tours in San Francisco. City Guides San Francisco has an amazing 60 walking tour available. I can't speak for all of them but if they are anything like the ones we took, they would be very... More 

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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I went on the Golden Gate Bridge Walk and found the guide very good, with lots of info on the bridge and surrounding area. Well worth it - wish I'd had more time to go on some of the other walks!

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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

i have lead walks around Fresno and was wondering what a City Guides would be like. Paul C was knowledgable and interactive with our group of 8. We talked about the Conservancy of Flowers, how Golden Gate Park was developed, the AIDS Memorial Grove, the second worst man in San Francisco, the Academy of science, and many more areas. It... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I went for their Chinatown tour in the begg of March 2015. Our tour guide was a professor at SFSU and had a wealth of knowledge to share. Stories of her personal experience with chinese herbal tea and recommendations for restaurants and places to see when we have more time- was what made the real difference in the tour! The... More 

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Antioch, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We have now gone on 3 of the 54+ tours offered by City Guides, and have enjoyed each one. Two weekends ago, we did the Fort Mason/Aquatic Park tour. Our guide was informative, fun, and even lived at Fort Mason when she was young, which made the tour so much more richer. These tours give insights you would not receive... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

We travel a bit and like to stay away from crowded tourist traps. Exploring a city, on foot, being led by a knowledgeable local guide, is the only way to experience it! San Francisco's City Guides are the best! Highly recommend any of the tours they offer...you won't be disappointed (unless you prefer ordinary!)

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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