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San Francisco City Guides

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Civic Center
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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends...

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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Fantastic Free Tour

These tours are free; they take up a no-pressure collection at the end. Our tour guide was very good. She told the history of Fisherman's wharf with lots of stories, so it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Lynn K
Woodstock, Georgia

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Woodstock, Georgia
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

These tours are free; they take up a no-pressure collection at the end. Our tour guide was very good. She told the history of Fisherman's wharf with lots of stories, so it wasn't dry and boring! They have quite a list of different tours so be sure to check them out. We will definitely be taking another tour if we... More 

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McLeansville, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Since 2006, my wife and I have taken 18 different City Guides tours while visiting San Francisco. During this time, we have also taken many other well known tours of the city. Without a doubt, the City Guides tours have been the best. Late this summer, we were afforded the opportunity to take part in four tours during our week's... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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301 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

These City tours are awesome. They are free and there are many to choose from in various parts of the city. It's great they are run by volunteers who care about the city and knowledgeable to share with visitors about the community. We arrived for the Chinatown tour and information about Tongs and Associations a few minutes before. We were... More 

Thank LovingSunandSand
San Francisco, California
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Recipe for a perfect day: 1. Pick a day, any day. 2. Go to the SF City Guides web site. 3. Consult the list of that day's tours. They're offered every day. 4. Pick one. Perhaps ask your friends to join you. It's a fun thing to do alone or with friends. 5. Show up on time, ready for what's... More 

Thank redtayres
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I have taken over 10 of the walking tours. The guides are wonderful. They give you a historical background of the neighborhood you are touring, but also give practical tips to restaurants, etc. Every year I go to SF, I always try to take a tour or 2. Not to be missed. You can donate to the organization but you... More 

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san francisco, CA
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

i've done about 30 of these tours. There are 90 to 120 minute walking tours of specific parts of the city. They are FREE; A contribution is entirely voluntary. I generally give five dollars. Some give none, others give more. They operate every day, come rain or shine, offering about a dozen tours per day, more on weekends. All of... More 

Thank chinadochill
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The guides are knowledgeable, and friendly. You will notice things you never saw, even if you are a San Francisco native. A great experience.

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San Mateo, CA
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240 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Get up, get out and explore SF for free! San Francisco City Guides are excellent. Go to their website www.sfcityguides.org and you will see that they have a tour for just about everything interesting in San Francisco. The guides are wonderful incorporating history with stories. Very professional and they volunteer their time and their passion shows. Yesterday I did the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is such a wonderful way to learn about the history of the city and get a perspective on life from a local's point of view. We did two walks, the first one with Jack last Sunday down at the Presidio Park and my husband and his best mate (war buffs) were just enthralled with Jacks substantial knowledge and story... More 

Thank pj54
Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We just returned from 4 1/2 days in lovely San Francisco, the city that really knows how to treat visitors, from trolley drivers to S.F.'s finest (police). We have been taking the cityguide dot org tours for years now. We just went on two this last visit. They are such an informative, fun way to experience the city and learn... More 

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