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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 302 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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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 NEW

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 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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23 helpful votes 23 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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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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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Calgary, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

We discovered these tours online while researching things to do in San Francisco. We took in our first one (Telegraph Hill) within hours of arriving as it was close to our hotel...and from then on we were hooked! Each day of our holiday, we learned fascinating details about this beautiful city: Fishermen's Wharf, Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge. Our... More

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London, United Kingdom
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258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Excellent selection of original walks around a wide variety of areas around San Francisco. I was only able to join one but had I more time would have liked to have tried some of the others. They are given by guides who are volunteers - and are doing this because they enjoy it. They will modestly ask for a donation... More

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Calgary, Alberta
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Free walking tours are the best - a great way to see the city and learn about it's history and culture. Also free ones are great, besides the cost, because the people who do the tours are passionate about their city and the stories they tell. It's insightful, humorous and fun. I met some great people on these tours, both... More

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