San Francisco Tours

  • The best tour in San Francisco: Electric Tour Company

    Electric Tour Company

    757 Beach St
    Segway tours daily 9AM, 12:30PM and 4PM April–October & 10:00 AM and 1:30PM November–March, electric bike tours daily 10AM. $70 per person (advanced reservations are required). Take a 2 1/2-3 hour tour of Fisherman's Wharf on a segway, or ride an electric bike over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, returning by ferry.
    Russian Hill food nearby
  • Local Tastes of the City Tours

    Local Tastes of the City Tours

    They offer an affordable $59 three hour tour of North Beach, starting at either 10AM or 2PM. You get to sample coffees, handmade chocolates, pastries, breads and olive oils. A historical lecture accompanies the tour and they will take you to some of the old Beat Generation hangouts. They also offer a separate three hour tour of Chinatown starting either 10AM or 2PM. Here you will get to sample Chinese Teas and Dim Sum, as well as see how fortune cookies are made at the Fortune Cookie Factory. Finally, they do a combined two hour night tour of both Chinatown and North Beach which starts at 6PM and also costs $59.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Grace Cathedral

    Grace Cathedral

    1100 California Street
    M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 7AM-7PM, cathedral holidays 8AM-4PM. The main Episcopalian church of the city, based on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. They request a donation and the tour is an hour long. You learn a lot but at times it is way too detailed.
    Nob Hill restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco City Guides

    San Francisco City Guides

    100 Larkin StSan Francisco Public Library Main Branch
    Tours are offered year round, times and dates vary by tour - see website for schedule. Free. They offer walking tours of the Civic Center, the Tenderloin, the main library, and City Hall, free of charge. The tours highlight the history, architecture, culture, events, and folklore of the area.
    Downtown food nearby
  • SS Jeremiah O'Brien

    SS Jeremiah O'Brien

    Pier 45
    $8 adults; $5 seniors, $4 children, free for children under 6 and active Military. Located behind the Pampanito submarine is this WWII Liberty Ship open for tours. The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is the sole survivor of the armada of Allied ships which was involved in D-Day, and one of only two remaining WWII Liberty Ships surviving today (the other being the SS Lane Victory in San Pedro).
    North Beach eat nearby
  • San Francisco Public Library - Main Library

    San Francisco Public Library - Main Library

    100 Larkin St
    Su noon-5PM, M 10AM-6PM T-Th 9AM-8PM, F noon-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM; Tour Hours: Offered on the first Tuesday of every month at noon. Internet: Free Tours: Free. Completed in 1995 at a cost of $109 million, the main library branch is over 375,000 square feet of modern architecture. It has seven floors, over 2,000 seats, and an impressive foyer that has a five story high atrium. At the top of the atrium is a bright sky-light and a roof terrace.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Atherton House

    Atherton House

    1990 California St
    An 1881 Victorian mansion that was built for Mrs. Doming de Goni Atherton by an unknown architect. It was one of the first Queen Anne residences in San Francisco. It is reported to be haunted, and is a stop on the haunted tour of San Francisco.
    Pacific Heights food nearby
  • Haas-Lilienthal House

    Haas-Lilienthal House

    2007 Franklin St
    Tours: Su 11AM-4PM, W and Sa noon-3PM. Tours leave every 20 to 30 minutes and last about 1 hour. General admission: $8, Seniors and Children 12 and under: $5. This is an 11,500 square foot Queen Anne Victorian, built solely out of redwood in 1886 for William Haas. It has been fully preserved as per its original design. It presently houses the San Francisco Architectural Heritage who offer tours inside the house and around the grounds.
    Pacific Heights eat nearby
  • Fleet of Historic Vessels

    moored at Hyde St Pier
    Boarding pass for historic vessels: $5 adults, supervised children under 16 free. Six major ships are on display on the Hyde St Pier. Some are available for a self-guided tour, others by docent-led tours. On payment of the $5 National Park Service fee several can be boarded, depending on tides; kids can join for free. Among the ships you can see are the Balclutha, an 1886 steel-hulled square rigged sailing ship, the Eureka, an 1890 steam ferryboat (which also has an exhibit of antique cars on board), the C.A. Thayer, an 1895 lumber schooner, and the Hercules, a 1907 steam tug.
    South Of Market restaurants nearby
  • Heritage Walks

    2007 Franklin St
    Hours vary — see website. $8-$10. These architectural tours of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow are given by the San Francisco Architectural Heritage Foundation and focus mainly on its abundance of "Painted Ladies" (no... not grandma! — it refers to Edwardian and Victorian mansions) as well as the historical underpinnings of the area. They offer several different tours of varying lengths so check their website for specific details.
    Pacific Heights food nearby
  • San Francisco Symphony

    San Francisco Symphony

    Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave
    Box Office: M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa noon-6PM Performances: W-Su usually 8PM or 8:30PM with Sa-Su matinee 2PM, See website for exact schedule. $10-$50. San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor. The Season goes from September to April, with a break in the middle of December and January. When the San Francisco Symphony is on tour, other orchestras visit to fill the void. In July there is a "Summer in the City" program of light music; August is quiet. Opened in 1980, the building's sweeping wraparound architecture was elegantly designed to compliment the other buildings in the War Memorial complex. Inside, the building was designed to maximize acoustical tones with the exterior glass wall being used as a backdrop to capture sound. To further enhance and refine the sound it has adjustable acrylic acoustical panels around the stage area. There are circa 2,700 seats inside.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Golden Gate Park Segway Tours

    Golden Gate Park Segway Tours

    70 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
    5 hour segway tour through the park. Advance reservations suggested. Ages 12 and up.
    restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco City Guides

    Main Library, 100 Larkin St
    Take an informative and free tour of either North Beach or Chinatown from the people who know it best — the locals.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Anchor Brewing Company

    Anchor Brewing Company

    1705 Mariposa St
    Tours by reservation only.
    Potrero Hill
  • $48 for the Gourmet Chocolate Tour and $72 for the Gourmet Chocolate and Wine Tour. Offering two gourmet tours of the neighborhood - the Gourmet Chocolate Tour and the Gourmet Chocolate and Wine Tour. Both tours will take you to some of the local businesses where you can sample their delicious fare.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • Boudin Museum and Bakery Tour

    Boudin Museum and Bakery Tour

    160 Jefferson St
    Take a tour round the bakery, enjoy some of their interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Boudin.
    North Beach food nearby
  • Arion Press

    1802 Hays St
    Arion Press is considered the best publisher of fine press books in the nation. They offer tours of their gallery, which has a large collection of limited edition books and prints; and of the production facility, including the pressroom and the typefoundary that contains the oldest hot metal type foundry in the country.
    Inner Richmond eat nearby
  • War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

    War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

    401 Van Ness Ave
    Tour hours: M 10AM-2PM — on the hour. Free. This 7.5 acre complex comprises the War Memorial Opera House, Memorial Court, the War Memorial Veterans Building (including Herbst Theatre and the Green Room, which is a classically styled reception hall), the Harold L. Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The opera house and the veterans buildings (which are for the most part identical), along with the court, were intended to be appreciated in unison, and to compliment the surrounding architecture of the Civic Center. Their "Beaux-Arts" structures employ the Roman Doric Order and were designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr. Both buildings were completed in 1932. Guided tours of the buildings are available.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour

    Depart from the lobby of the Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter St
    Reservations not required; Adults: $20 Under 16's: $10. Who's afraid of ghosts? Well, if you have the backbone for it, you can visit places long suspected of being haunted by ghostly visitations and spirits on this one hour guided tour.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour

    100 Larkin St
    May and Oct: Su noon-4PM. $10. If you're a fan of mystery books, film, or would just like to recapture what San Francisco was like in the 1920s and 1930s; then you'll love this tour. It takes you round all the places where Hammett wrote his famous books. It also visits the exact locales where his famous characters like Continental Op and Sam Spade got into their storied adventures. The tour is about 4 hours long.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • San Francisco Giants Baseball Club

    San Francisco Giants Baseball Club

    24 Willie Mays Plz
    Giants tickets range from $10 to over $100, depending on section and date of game. Ballpark tours $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. One of the building projects that revitalized this area, the stadium is an imposing brick edifice that has all the necessary modern amenities, such as beer and Wi-Fi. It looks out upon San Francisco Bay, which makes a fine backdrop for those home runs that splash into McCovey Cove. On days where there are no Giants home games, public tours of the ballpark are available at 10:30AM and 12:30PM.
    South Of Market restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco Botanical Gardens

    San Francisco Botanical Gardens

    main entrance on 9th Avenue just north of Lincoln Way, secondary entrance at the Friend Gate at MLK Drive and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
    M-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su and Holidays 10AM-5PM. Free. One of the largest botanical gardens on the west coast, the Botanical Gardens cover 55 acres with thousands of varieties of plants from around the world and multiple specialized gardens and miles of trails (seriously, the place is huge). One of the most unique attractions is the Redwood Trail, which runs through a naturalistic redwood forest reminiscent of the ones north of San Francisco along the Californian coast. There is also a bookstore and library on the premises, near the main entrance. Free guided tours of the gardens depart from the bookstore daily at 1:30PM with an extra tour on the weekends at 10:30AM. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays another free tour departs from the Friend Gate at 2PM.
    food nearby
  • San Francisco Sailing Company

    Pier 39 Dock C
    90-minute tour, $40/person; private sailboat charters are more. Bay tours under the Golden Gate Bridge and private charters and parties with full catering.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Fort Point

    Fort Point

    Marine Dr
    Video orientations, guided tours, self-guiding materials, exhibits, and publication sales are offered Th-M 10AM-5PM. Free. From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick masons of the Civil War period. It is best approached from the Marina District along the water through the kites and bay-views of the connected Crissy Field Park.
    restaurants nearby
  • Davies Symphony Hall

    Davies Symphony Hall

    201 Van Ness Ave
    Box Office: M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa noon-6PM Performances: W-Su usually 8PM or 8:30PM with Sa-Su matinee 2PM, See website for exact schedule. $10-$50. San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor. The Season goes from September to April, with a break in the middle of December and January. When the San Francisco Symphony is on tour, other orchestras visit to fill the void. In July there is a "Summer in the City" program of light music; August is quiet. Opened in 1980, the building's sweeping wraparound architecture was elegantly designed to compliment the other buildings in the War Memorial complex. Inside, the building was designed to maximize acoustical tones with the exterior glass wall being used as a backdrop to capture sound. To further enhance and refine the sound it has adjustable acrylic acoustical panels around the stage area. There are circa 2,700 seats inside.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

    Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

    99 Grove St
    The auditorium is not open to visitors or for tours, but only during event times which vary. Price varies depending on act. This four-story tall, "Beaux-Arts" style building occupies an entire city block in the heart of the Civic Center and has 7,000 seats inside. Large and small bands, exhibits, concerts, and galas are all hosted at the Civic Auditorium. Check Ticketmaster to see what's playing [2].
    Downtown eat nearby
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