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Address: 280 Geary Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 855-969-6244
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Description: Building on a 30 year history of original, site-specific productions...
Building on a 30 year history of original, site-specific productions, including the original Alcatraz Cell House Tour, Antenna Theater presents a new kind of tour experience: Magic Bus. Magic Bus blends past and present in a psychedelic journey through San Francisco's rich counter-culture history. This two-hour “trip” aboard a brightly painted vintage bus weaves a visual narrative of San Francisco from Beatniks to the Summer of Love and beyond! With retractable window screens and digital micro-projectors, Magic Bus uses innovative technology to create a mobile movie theater on a bus. See San Francisco through a new window of altered perception and historical context. Sing along to classic tunes with our hippie hostess. Flash peace signs to passers-by as bubbles swirl from the bus. Stroll through the grass in Golden Gate Park with a flower in your hair, all on your time-traveling adventure aboard Magic Bus!
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Fantastic Trip Back in Time

We visited San Francisco in early September with two other couples and had this tour booked in advance. We (the ladies) dressed up in tie-dye shirts, head bands and peace symbol... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2014
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St. John's, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited San Francisco in early September with two other couples and had this tour booked in advance. We (the ladies) dressed up in tie-dye shirts, head bands and peace symbol shaped sunglasses. We fit right in with Tree Flower and Jimmie. If you are looking for a different type of bus tour......this is it. Fabulous time had by all!!

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Kenilworth, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This bus ride tour trip was the BEST! A really nostalgic, experiential and educational tour of SF and The decade of the original Hippie's. The tour guides were in character and a total DELIGHT!...they made the ride infectious fun and recreated a true free love experience for by the end of the ride I really did feel part of Tree... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We couldn't have been more excited for this tour, something different and fun. Unfortunately we thought we would actually see more of the sites of San Fransisco. There was too much of the inside slides and less actual city dites.

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Hobart, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was a great way to see san francisco's counter culture. The rocket ship blast was particularly fun. Epic hippy adventure

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South San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Had a blast! This was a terrific blend of San Francisco history, San Francisco communities, and great humor. I learned all kinds of things that are very relevant to me. There couldn't have been a better guide. Gaia - you are beyond beautiful! Thank you for the positive energy fueled trip around the City! a better day could not be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We had a great time. There were many technical difficulties that Gaia and Jimmy had to work through. It was unseasonably hot and this caused the bus's video equipment and screens to keep overheating so some of that part of the tour was missed. Gaia and Jimmy really overcame a lot of the bumps with improvisation and good humor. We... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We got all dressed up and travelled back in time! what a blast ... lots of great music, fantastic tour guide, fun things to see! LOVED the bubbles coming out of the back of the bus LOVED watching everyones' faces as they seen our bus and heard us yelling "WE LOVE YOU MAN" out the window! get in the spirit... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My travelling companion booked this and it turned out to absolutely great. This is a fun trip by committed people that make it very enjoyable and they enjoy it! It brings back memories and brings back memories, relates these to locations etc. I recommend it, strongly!!!!

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Fantastic way to time travel to the late 60s. With flowers in our hair and singing along with the Mamas and Papas ... we were grooving for 2 hours of fun on the Magic Bus. Worth every pemny

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It was great to be in San. Francisco and going on THE MAGIC BUS. Not only did we wear some flowers in our hair, but also had a History lesson about San Fran of the 60's.If you could give stars to your tour I would give it 10!!! Well done all involved. Daniela and Brian

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Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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