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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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Informative, Free (Donations Appreciated), No Reservations Required (Unless 8+) Walking Tours of San Francisco

My husband and I were very pleased with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides we had for the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and the City Hall and Civic Center... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were very pleased with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides we had for the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and the City Hall and Civic Center tours. The guides are volunteers who feel passionate about their city and it's history. We saw the 1 to 1 1/2 hour tours as a good starting point... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

So far, we have done 3 San Francisco City Guide tours. The guides go through a training process and are informed about the various topics. They are well organized and we have felt that we left each tour with new information. The guides volunteer their time and if you want to give a donation at the end of the tour,... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Our guide was very interesting and kept things moving along. There is a fair bit of walking involved, but it is mostly flat. The murals were impressive. Be sure to pay attention to the architectural details because you will see similar buildings all around San Francisco. There are great places to eat after the tour too!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We took three walking tours while in SF and all were excellent. This included Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, and Golden Gate Bridge. All of the guides were pleasant, well informed and obviously well trained. The first two tours lasted about 2 hours, the latter one hour. They solicit donations at the end of the tour; there is no excess pressure to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This approach is similar to the Greeters that we have experienced in other cities of USA and Europe but it is better organised ! During our stay in San Francisco , we have use their services on 3 different occasions ; were really impressed by 2 of them and we quit midway on one ! The first one we did... More 

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about San Francisco City Guides

Address: Address: 100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415-557-4266
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Civic Center
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Civic Center
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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