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Magic Bus

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Address: 280 Geary Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 855-969-6244
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Magic Bus. Magic Bus blends past and present in a psychedelic journey...

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!

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- the Magic Bus!

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Ride the Magic Bus: A 1960s-Era San Francisco Tour
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Absolutely delightful!

One of the more creative tours you will ever experience. Good fun and superbly choreographed. A wild romp back through time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Alan S

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54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the more creative tours you will ever experience. Good fun and superbly choreographed. A wild romp back through time.

Thank Alan S
Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

A step back in time. Wow - it was a lot of fun, laughter and singing! The tour guide-Serene Rain was great. Such a hippy! My daughter and I loved it. The bus was great and the commentary and movie clips were fantastic. Recommend this tour to anyone that loved the 60's.

Thank 4444Anna4444
Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
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65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

My girlfriend suggested we take 'this trip' and it was totally fun! We had taken the 'normal' San Francisco tour bus trip the previous day, so this was a way to see San Francisco through the eyes of the 60's. The guide, who goes by the hippie name of "Serene Rain" (because SF needs rain desperately) was totally in character... More 

Thank LindaJabiru
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Fantastic tour. Didn't expect it to be that wonderful. The LSD was great. Still trippin'. Loved every "Third Eye" moment.

1 Thank Batt1087
Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I enjoyed the entire 60's experience! The tour guide was a very believable hippy, and lady bus driver was nice and welcoming. I got some great pics and enjoyed the history of "The Haight", the rocket blast was a trip, and the bus was far out, man. Our tour also received real daisies for our hair, fake LSD (peppermint candy),... More 

Thank Meshelliam
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was an emotional trip back to when I was younger. This trip was amazing and our tour guide was nuts!!! She really embraced the era, she was shouting out the windows Love and Peace at everyone walking by. This made the trip even more fantastic. We had flowers in our hair. Would definitely recommend this to everyone.

Thank Shells79
Kernersville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Last week we waited at the appointed location. The bus was over 30 minutes late. The guide was very energetic and hippie and a lot of fun - so we thought the late arrival was unfortunate, but not a deal breaker for a successful tour. We were wrong. The pre-recorded tour guide was hard to understand at times, starting in... More 

3 Thank barf20152015
Chris H, Manager at Magic Bus, responded to this review

We're so sorry that you had a disappointing experience. We changed our show times back 30 minutes this year, from 10:00 to 10:30 and 1:00 to 1:30, and it seems that you had either a third-party ticket or sales materials from the prior year. If you could please let us know where you purchased your ticket, we'd be glad to... More 

St. John's, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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1 Thank fromtherock13
Kenilworth, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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1 Thank jobenz11
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

3 Thank wendy201414

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