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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 #32 of 307 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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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We highly recommend this tour! It was great! Our guide, Kaitlyn was highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a subject obviously very near and dear to her. Loved her presentation! It was a great way to learn the history of the Bridge.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Some of them were amazing and some were ok--but all of them were good. This is an organization of volunteers who have an abundance of civic pride and conduct (on their lunches often) tours. They are knowledgeable and because they come from different walks of life, they bring different perspectives to their particular walk. Seriously consider doing at least one... More

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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What a great way to learn about San Francisco history! Our guide, Manual was very informative - down to the smallest details. We got more out of this walking tour than we expected. Highly recommended!

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Chico, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

These walking tours are THE best and most economical way to visit the neighborhoods in The City and learn stories and anecdotes that most locals don't even know. Tour leaders are local residents who have a passion for their city and its history. No reservations required; just show up. Donations are welcome--I usually contribute $5-10. I live three hours outside... More

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New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I've done many of the City Guides tours and really liked all of them. I've listed the ones I've been on in order of preference - though it was really difficult as they are all awesome. The guides are knowledgeable & enthusiastic. The tours are approx. 2 hrs and some go through steep hills, so plan accordingly. Tours are free/... More

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San Francisco
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

San Francisco City Guides is operated by the SF Public Library, staffed by volunteer guides and supported by donations. The tours cover famous, infamous and little-known areas of The City. The guides are generally people who love history, The City, and sharing stories of both. Whether you're a native looking to learn more about your home, or a visitor looking... More

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San Jose, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I took the City Hall/Civic Center tour last week with Robin Seeley. It was excellent. Robin has a great knowledge of the area and shares it enthusiastically. I have been to the Civic Center area but never knew about the architecture of the buildings and what they were modeled on and how they relate to one another. I had never... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Want to see parts of San Francisco that are not on the usual tour? Can you walk and stand for a couple of hours? Then contact the SF City Guides and look at your choices. The tour is free, and to continue the wonderful service, a small donation is gratefully accepted at the end of the tour. You will be... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is such a great way to see downtown San Francisco and learn about the city, it's history and it's people! It's a free tour, with tips given at the end at your own discretion. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and so passionate about the city! Highly recommended!

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Denver, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was our second tour. The first was a tour of part of North Beach last year.We so enjoyed it that we knew when we visited again we would join another tour. This one was of the Fillmore steps. We could have done the steps on our own, but would have missed out on the valuable and entertaining history that... More

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