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“Something fascinating and FREE to do in SF”

San Francisco City Guides
Ranked #30 of 284 Tours in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Stockholm, Sweden
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Something fascinating and FREE to do in SF”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

A must-do for anyone visiting San Francisco who enjoys learning about history. Wonderful walking tours that really are free of charge -- you can show your appreciation by giving a tip at the end of the tour. Incredibly knowledgeable guides who are also SF residents offer interesting perspectives on the different areas of the city. Many different tours to choose from (check out their website), so it's easy to find something you would like. My two children even lasted an hour and a half on the Victorian architecture tour! Highly recommend.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank SwedishLisa
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English first
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“excellent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

These tours have real advantages over some of the others. For one thing you can decide at the last moment to go or not. No reservations are taken. They really are free, although most people give some money at the end to support the organization. If you do not do so, no one says anything. And finally the guides know their stuff. I have lived in the San Francisco area for more than 30 years and I have learned something every time I have taken a tour. The four tours I have taken were excellent.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank davidcalifornia
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Melbourne, Australia
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94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Why isn't this higher in the Tripadvisor ratings?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

We went on 3 tours - Palace Hotel, North Beach by Night and the Golden Gate bridge tour. The guides were all good (informative, clear), and all donations go to the library (they are not tips for the guide). Wish we had time for more tours.

The group sizes were decent - not overly large like one might have expected from a free tour.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank ybibit
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Austin, Texas
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132 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Very good tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

Robin was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She obviously loves the Golden Gate Bridge and sharing that love with others. The tours are free and you are encouraged to give a donation.

Thank Lara M
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Berkshire, uk
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Free walking tours in San Francisco”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Took the Fisherman's Wharf, A Hidden History tour on Monday 20 August. It started promptly. Our guide Randy B was very knowledgeable and interesting. Although it was a walking tour we did not walk very far and so I would recommend the tour to anyone who is interested in the history of the wharf, no matter how mobile you are. Suitable for wheelchair access as we only came down one set of steps at the very beginning of the tour as we left the meeting point. Although we did not specifically stop for refreshments or to use bathroom facilities, it would have been easy to access either. You could ask as many questions as you liked and they were all answered. Would recommend this tour and am now going to try another. Although the tour is free, you are invited to give a donation at the end. We did not feel at all under pressure to do so but when you consider that someone has just spent 2 hours non-stop talking to you, who wouldn't want to tip! We were told that the money does not go to the guide but back into helping organise the San Francisco City guides.

One other thing included on the tour was a visit to a crab company run by women, again very interesting. We listened to a 5-10 minute talk.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Julie50Berkshire_uk
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