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Magic Bus

252 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
855-969-6244
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Ranked #57 of 304 activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Building on a 30 year history of original, site-specific productions, including the original Alcatraz Cell House Tour, Antenna Theater presents a new... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Jefferson, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Magic bus is a history lesson with music...or a music with a history lesson. Show up looking to have fun and you will. Tree Bark (our spiritual guide) kept us well entertained and smiled and laughed when I decided to dance and sing along... hey, we were all signing at the end. Wished there was a little more music... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This only-in-San Francisco experience was a terrific fun! Don't miss it. Everyone on our bus had a great time, especially those who'd lived in SF all their lives and thought they'd seen every corner of the city. The video's really put the hippie era i historical context, and gave us a cultural-historical education, and when the screens rolled up, we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was the best thing we did in San Francisco. If you like the music of the era and are interested in learning more about the scene in San Fran during the 60s, then this is the tour for you. Loved Gaia!! She is perfect for this experience Everything was so much fun. Highly recommend.

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Attard, Malta
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We really loved this very unique tour which is an intelligent mix of a bus and audiovisual experience, taking you through the beating heart of San Francisco in the sixties. Gaia is great! Unlike the other big tour bus operators this is not a tour for the masses, but this is the one to choose if you want to truly... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We really loved this unique tour! I will definitely be bringing more out-of-towners on it in the future!

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Such a wonderfully atmospheric and outrageous experience for visitors, so much so I'd love to copy for a U.K. destination. If you do nothing else, please do this "trip" as it captures the soul of the city and will stay with me for a long Time. Gaia is fab! Ignore any negative reviews, clearly some folk don't get what this... More

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San Antonio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was a really good tour. The tour guide was in character and stayed that way the whole tour. It was a really educational trip and I loved it all. Loved going through the Haight, Golden Gate park, etc. You go Gaia!! Loved the bubbles.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have taken the Magic Bus for a trip of 2 hours. It was very special. Gaia is a super animator who has energy and smile. She makes the trip very fun. It was a great feeling. We're french, we havent understood all the commentaries but the essential. The music was excellent. It's a "magic parenthese" and we advise it... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Magic Bus experience put a smile on our faces as soon as the music started and it stayed there for the rest of the day because we had so much fun and it put us in such a good space. Gaya was fantastic in her presentation and even though we had a solid understanding of the period of the... More

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SAN MARINO
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Magic Bus is a journey back in time to the 1960s. It sucessfully recreates the sounds, images, feelings, and memories of San Franscisco and the world during a turbulent decade. The host is very good and in character the whole tour. The images on the screen brings back many sweet and bitter memories. They accurately illustrate the 1960s but... More

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