Wild SF Walking Tours
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City Tours
1–2 hours
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Recommended by 95% of travelers
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$38.00
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Walking Tours
1–2 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 100% of travelers
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$49.00
per adult
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5.0
2,278 reviews
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2,128
Very good
104
Average
29
Poor
12
Terrible
5

Chris VJ
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was only in SF for a few days and I wanted to see and learn a little about the city’s history. I had visited the city many times before but never learned much about its background. Fish was the tour guide and he was great! His background was theatre and filmmaking so his presentation was like storytelling, very vivid and dramatic - at times giving me goosebumps. There was only 4 people on the tour and it took about 2 hours to cover the downtown area (e.g. Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial district). I think it’s impossible to find a walking tour that covers all of SF in one day, however, I felt this tour (and Fish) did a great job covering a small area but giving a nice historical background of the entire city. I have done many free walking tours in Europe with a great experience and this tour was no different. Highly recommend it.
Written January 9, 2020
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Udi B
2 contributions
Mar 2020
Went on the free tour with Fischer as our guide, our first "taste" of SF. Fischer was funny, evocative, considerate and helpful. The tour combines historical information, contemporary recommendations and a more critical, neuanced perspecitve on the city. Had a great time! The group was cheerful, cooperative and pleasent. The tour itself was an easy walk with many stops, I'd say it's accessible to most, even those who are out of shape. The food recommenations at the end of the tour were very useful as well.
Written March 28, 2020
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dickieclarke
Bristol, UK9 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
What a great way to get to know the city! A 2 hour walking tour where you pay what you feel is a fair price at the end!
Our guide, Leong was born in SF and knows it like the back of her hand. She didn't only talk about the obvious land marks but also the hidden gems that only an insider would know about.
She was a fountain of knowledge and happy to answer all our questions, she also emailed me after the tour with links and to clarify a point we had discussed. Leong was a joy to be with, she was friendly, informal and fascinating. The 2 hours flew by and at the end she made some excellent suggestions of nearby places that she thought would interest us.
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough and am so glad we did it at the begining of our stay in SF.
Written March 13, 2020
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Keepupwiththis
Cleveland, OH17 contributions
Jan 2020
Lisa was our Haunted SF tour guide. She was very good and we had a good time. Had dinner then met up with the group for the tour. Lasted about 75 minutes. Walked about a mile. Very interesting and spooky stories.
Written January 21, 2020
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symose
New York City, NY1 contribution
Aug 2014 • Friends
First, the good:

It is a good walking tour, as an overall attraction and especially for those with a long trip with several open days to fill. J. Jo (the guide) is very energetic, enthusiastic, friendly, and eager to make the experience enjoyable (we did part 2 of the tour, of mission / castro). You walk through some unique areas and get insight into the alternative culture in SF.

The not so good:

You will not leave this tour feeling like you learned a good deal about SF and it's actual history, especially due to how politically charged and ideologically skewed the tour was. In some way this review is to correct the misleading notion from the back-to-back 5 star write ups - that this tour is THE thing to do in SF, without any qualifiers. In fact, it is more about the history of LGBT, gentrification, minority struggles - as whole movements and their respective grassroots in SF. While obviously the LGBT movement and SF are inextricably connected, and the history of the LGBT movement being very important and necessary to learn about in general - the tour is almost all that, with no subtlety, objectivity, and a lot of anti-establishment propaganda and anti-capitalism overtones.

This attraction is also newly ranked number 1 in all of SF, which is severely overrating it. The creators of the tour have their heart in the right place and are very passionate, but do not make this a must-see to the detriment of some of the classic, timeless attractions that have ranked high for longer.
Written August 22, 2014
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Hi Symose, I was very surprised and saddened by this poor review of Wild SF, considering how much you enjoyed the tour, and that you have many positive things to say about us. We are a small but passionate company doing something truly unique: We provide alternative walking tours of San Francisco’s rich history and social movements, while embodying the city’s spirit. Other tours will tell you a tame, watered-down history of San Francisco. Our specialty is unfolding the actual history of this city, as it would be told by its citizens. We are deeply invested in these neighborhoods, and work to educate and entertain in a fun and positive way, while remaining true to sharing San Francisco’s landmark historical events. Your comment about us being anti-capitalist is outright incorrect--a major portion of the tour is dedicated to promoting local businesses as an alternative to big-box chain stores, and we even provide all guests with a free guide to encourage patronage of local, independent shops. Finally, I see that you have an issue with our high ranking on TripAdvisor—this is something decided by the hundreds of TripAdvisor reviewers who have enjoyed our tours. I disagree with your decision to try and “correct the misleading notion that this tour is THE thing to do in SF” by leaving us a deliberately harmful review, which continues to hurt our business. The reviewer’s duty is to review their own experience, not that of others. With a better understanding of our mission and goals, I hope that you will reconsider your intentions with this review, and provide a review that accurately reflects how much you enjoyed your time with us! Cheers, J. Jo & Wes
Written September 20, 2014
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Cris9505
Lodi, CA147 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
If one checks my previous reviews, one would find that I almost never make a negative or critical review of either a tour we have attended, or restaurant/hotel we have patronized; but in this case I have to honestly make a negative recommendation.

We took the tour with Mina. On the plus side, Mina was fairly personable and had a very good grasp on the local history. We enjoyed that part of the tour. But having worked in a professional environment for 35 years, I learned in the very beginning that both religion and politics do not belong in a professional business setting.

There were people from several countries on our tour, (India, Israel, Germany), and we were offended when Mina would make small derogatory comments about President Trump.

For example, at one point, a tour member asked her about a building with a unique design, and during her explanation, she stated, "unfortunately, Donald Trump is one of the owners".

My criticism has nothing to do with being either liberal or conservative. If a tour guide made a disparaging or unflattering remark about President Obama, I would have been just as offended; especially to foreign visitors!

Allowing religion or politics to taint the way a tour is presented is simply unprofessional and frankly, I cannot recommend Wild SF Tours.
Written July 5, 2017
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OCRepGirl
Brea, CA35 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
It was my 50th birthday and this was an exciting (and a bit scary) way to celebrate. Juliette was a wonderful guide, she really cared about the group and was an amazing storyteller. My mom and I were a bit late to the tour and she was so kind to be happy that we found them. She was also sensitive to our group and acknowledged the homeless issues as we walked. Juliette's stories were so interesting and engrossing I will never look at some of the hotels and areas in the same way again!
Written September 23, 2018
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Happy birthday! We’re so glad you decided to spend a bit of your special day with us. Thank you for the sweet message, we’ll pass it along to Juliette :)
Written September 29, 2018
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Liza6165
Atlanta, GA16 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
I enjoyed the first 45 minutes of the tour, but then our guide stopped under the overhang of an office building to explain to us why there are so many homeless people in San Francisco and what we can do about it. He proceeded to lecture us on his overly simplistic theories regarding the reasons for this very serious problem which primarily focused on the lack of affordable housing in San Francisco. Although I did not sign up for this tour to engage in this type of discussion, I did feel obligated to mention that mental health as well as addiction problems are also often factors that lead to homelessness and until we address these issues we will not solve the problem. Wanting to end the discussion I explained to the guide that I was on the tour to learn about the history of San Francisco not to have a political discussion to which he replied "all of our tours have an agenda - this is San Francisco we are all flaming liberals". On that note I decided to leave the tour. If you want a tour with an agenda this company may be the right one, but if you would like to learn about the history of San Francisco's many diverse and interesting neighborhoods, due yourself a favor and download the Detour App., which is exactly what I did after I left the tour.
Written March 5, 2017
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Hi Lisa, Our ‘Free-And-All-You-Need Tour’ shares history as well as practical advice (including that on homelessness, as described on our website). San Francisco’s widespread homelessness is perhaps the most surprising discovery for many travelers, and it's our duty as concerned community members to address this unfortunate reality. I’d like to clarify that we don’t present our own simplistic theories, but share well-documented history and statistics about homelessness, the housing crisis, and federal funding for social programs being cut significantly through the 1980’s (taking away resources for citizens, including those for mental health and addiction). You indicated you help with legal work for the homeless, and stated solving drug/alcohol addiction is paramount to solving homelessness--which we agree on. Considering your line of work and knowledge, I’m at a loss as to why you found this history to be “too political.” During the tour, I welcomed your comments and additions, and even checked in and asked if you felt heard and respected after you gave your piece. I’m sorry you decided to then leave the tour without saying anything. And very sorry that you’ve left us a 1-star review, which severely impacts us as a small company. In response to our tours having an agenda: indeed, that agenda is to advocate for human rights, treat all people with dignity, and educate on the victories of the historically oppressed. We warmly welcome a respectful discussion from all points of view on our tours, with no hard feelings. By the way, you recommended Detour, an audio-tour whose themes include the Gay Rights Movement, the Black Panthers, and even a neighborhood tour completely dedicated to addressing homelessness. Watch out--I suspect those tours too have an “agenda.” Thank you for taking my partner’s call earlier this week. Since you’ve discussed this incident with him in more depth and came to an understanding, I’m sorry you still feel the need to keep this 1-star review posted. Regards, Wild Wes (co-founder)
Written March 15, 2017
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Maria S
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
One of the best tours I've been on! I saw a fllyer for the Wild SF Walking Tours at Amsterdam Hostel. I actually live only 40 miles from SF, but I'm relatively new to the area, so when I had a friend visiting, we decided this looked like a fun way to learn about the city. It's certain that The Captain knows a lot more about the history of SF than I do! I learned so much on this tour, and we laughed a lot. We started on the Chinatown tour, had lunch with Captain, then went on the North Beach tour and joined him for dinner afterwards! I really feel like I know Chinatown and North Beach so much better now, and I love knowing the history and fun facts about these neighborhoods! Next time I have a friend visiting, I plan to hit up the Mission/Castro tours.

If you're looking for a fun and alternative way to see the city and have an amazing day in SF, this is it.
Written March 1, 2015
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TravellingWithTeens
Edmonton, Canada44 contributions
The food was ok, but would have liked more discussion along the tour. For example, very little said about dim sum, how it originated, whether it’s still popular etc. At the pizza place the guide sat at only one table and didn’t bother to come sit with the other table. We’ve done a variety of food tours, but this one left us feeling that we knew very little about the neighbourhoods or the people. Plus, the kids were still hungry at the end of it.
Written August 25, 2019
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Thank you for your honest feedback--it looks like there are some standard procedures that didn't occur on this tour, and I apologize for that. Namely, we want guides to include a great history of Chinatown, North Beach, and the cuisines of these neighborhoods. I'm speaking with all of our guides to ensure that they're doing this consistently. Guides should also be talking with each table when we have groups spread out in a restaurant, and giving plenty of attention to everyone. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention, and am sorry your table felt ignored. Lastly, most of our guests are quite full by the end of the tour, so I'm impressed with your kids' voracious appetites! Please email me at wes@wildsftours.com and I'll see what else I can do for you.
Written August 26, 2019
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