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San Francisco City Guides

100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415-557-4266
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #30 of 304 activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Simi Valley, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

What a gem of a tour! Would HIGHLY recommend these tours to anyone visiting San Francisco! Locals lead the tours and you can tell they love their city! Our guide, Robin Seeley, was fantastic! Gave loads of history on the construction of the bridge, the architects and how the money was raised to fund it during the Depression! What a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I did a tour with San Francisco City Guides at the Golden Gate Bridge, and it was one of the highlights of our trip! It was raining with heavy fog, and we were worried that the tour guide wouldn't even show up or want to follow through with the tour. But show up she did! Her name... More

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West Chester, PA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went on two tours -- Architectural and Chinatown. Left both at about 90 minutes when it was clear the guide would fill the full two hours... or more. While each was interesting, a bit less detail and a bit more moving along would have made them perfect. However, completely appreciate the volunteers and enthusiasm and was happy to donate to... More

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Las Vegas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My husband and I took a tour of the Golden Gate Park a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so when a friend and I visited San Francisco last week we did two tours: the Fairmont Hotel with Stella and the Victorian homes of Alamo Square with Lewis. Both tours were informative and the guides were very enthusiastic about... More

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Los Angeles
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We toured the murals at Coit Tower a CityGuide volunteer. We found his presentation to be hard to understand (and hard to hear with the crowds at the Tower), and not engaging. The guide did not get meaningful interaction going with or between the people in the group so his presentation was receive, no feedback. We like walking tours but... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We did the tour of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park with Jay Streets and his dog Norton. Very informative; the garden is beautiful (if perhaps a bit run-down when compared to gardens in Japan) and the tour gave us lots of details about the history and specific elements of the gardens that we would have not gotten... More

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Miller, Missouri
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40 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We met the City guide tour guide to see the Japanese Tea Garden and for a tour of the Fairmont Hotel. Both tours were very informative and we gleaned so much more than we expected in both places. It is amazing that it is free and exists on donations and the enthusiasm of its volunteers. Don't miss this.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We took the City Guide Tour of the Ferry Building. It was given by Cara T. and she was clearly someone who loves her city and everything about it! I wish we had more opportunities to do the other tours that were offered. As clearly stated on the website, Cara was waiting at the foot of the stairs of the... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We get out to San Francisco once a year or so, and ever since discovering City Guides we always make time for at least two or three of their 60 different tours. Every one of them has been fantastic.The volunteer guides are super knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this free activity to anyone interested in history or architecture.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I started my visit to SF with an early morning tour of the Japanese Tea garden. Linda, our guide, was full of energy and genuine knowledge of the culture around the garden. And she had a great way to share that knowledge with the tour guests. I have been on many free tours around the world, and the most are... More

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