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Cruisin' The Castro Walking Tours

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Address: Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag Pole Landmark, Located on the corner of Castro & Market Streets, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: +1 415-550-8110
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Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours is San Francisco's premier LGBT tour...

Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours is San Francisco's premier LGBT tour company walking with PRIDE since 1989! Voted a top city tour and awarded the "Hall of Fame", by TripAdvisor!

This easy, fun and fascinating 2 hour tour is the MOST comprehensive Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, & Transgender cultural tour available and boasts 15 different historical sites enroute.

Discover how San Francisco and the Castro neighborhood plays a crucial role in the past, present and future of LGBT civil rights in the United States.

Tours are intimate, personalized and operated by a professional tour guide, local resident and LGBT community activist. No large hills to climb and public walkways are handicap accessible.

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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

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My favorite part of San Francisco

I'm SO happy I heard about about this tour! It was the HIGHLIGHT of my solo trip to SF. I have been a big fan of Harvey Milk ever since I saw the movie. Since then, I've devoted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm SO happy I heard about about this tour! It was the HIGHLIGHT of my solo trip to SF. I have been a big fan of Harvey Milk ever since I saw the movie. Since then, I've devoted lots of time in researching his legacy and did many school projects on him. Harvey is an incredibly important part of our... More 

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Toms River, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome guided tour through the Castro district. A must do while in San Francisco. Kathy Amendola is knowledgeable and takes the time to answer all questions. Thanks for the education Kathy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had such a great time on the tour with Kathy. It was informative and fun. Our tour ran over time as we asked so many questions! Kathy is a real sweetheart and very open. She was sensitive and politically aware. I felt like I was visiting a dear friend who was taking me around town. This was a tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked the Cruisin' The Castro tour mainly for my daughter, who is a passionate supporter of LGBTQ rights, and she was excited to visit the Castro for her birthday trip to San Francisco. I enjoyed it as much as she did, and that was all because of the awesomeness of our guide, Kathy. We were the only ones on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I simply loved every part of this walking tour. Kathy was so informative about every aspect of the tour, that I felt I'd just sat through a history lesson and learnt so much in a fun way. She was friendly, inquisitive and knowledgable throughout the entire tour. She answered all our questions confidently and with ease and made us think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our Crusin' the Castro Walking Tour. It was easy to book and pay for in advance of our trip and the meeting place was easy to access. We had both been to the Castro several times, but the Tour gave us many new insights. We were part of a fairly large group on the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I met up with the guide Kathy on a Wednesday morning and spent to hours touring the Castro area, exploring its LGBT history and its historic significance as well as its main characteristics today. I appreciated so many parts of the tour, but the stop at the pink triangle memorial with the rose quartz was very moving. Kathy knows her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love walking tours, and find them a great way to "get" a city. This was one of the best I have ever done. The Castro is a small area, but this was a huge, fun, emotionally rich, informative and intriguing journey through a fascinating place. Kathy is a phenomenal tour guides and makes the tour. We laughed so much,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this tour on the morning of our first day and it was a great way to start our holiday in San Francisco. We stayed in Castro and learned a lot on this tour. Kathy is a member of the Castro LGBTQQ community. She knows the history, trends, ins and outs. She said hello to a few people on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was a highlight of our visit to San Francisco. Tour guide Kathy was full of charm, wit, and knowledge of the neighborhood. She has a real passion for LGBTQ rights and community activism and we could feel her enthusiasm. We learned a lot about the evolution of the neighborhood, its culture, and the role of Harvey Milk in... More 

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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