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Civic Center Tours

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Civic Center
Home to San Francisco’s main governmental offices, Civic Center is a central gathering spot for visitors to major museums and performing arts venues. The tree-lined UN Plaza leads to the impressive gold-leaf dome of City Hall while surrounding Beaux Arts-style buildings invite you to stroll around the square or buy tickets to a show.

The Basics
A National Historic Landmark District, Civic Center houses landmarks such as City Hall (rebuilt after the infamous 1906 earthquake), the War Memorial Opera House, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Asian Art Museum, creating a unique epicenter that blends municipal affairs with artistic, cultural activities. To learn more about the history and architecture of City Hall, take a tour of the governmental building or book a walking or biking tour of the surrounding area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring water and a warm layer as weather can change quickly.
  • Pets must be leashed, and owners are required to pick up after them.
  • The plaza and its buildings are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • There is a free public restroom available for use.

How to Get There
Civic Center is accessible by car along Market Street. For parking, take Larkin Street and access the Civic Center Garage at McAllister Street.To arrive via  public transportation, get off at the Civic Center station on BART, or hop off any MUNI metro lines and buses servicing the area.

When to Get There
San Francisco is temperate year-round, averaging highs around 67°F and lows around 54°F in the summer. For the best weather, plan your visit during October when the fog is clear and the city is at its warmest. Consider planning your visit to Civic Center Tuesday through Friday for less crowds and access to all the surrounding attractions including the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Public Library. And on Sundays, Civic Center hosts the city’s only independent farmers market.

Things to Do Near Civic Center
Since the center is at the intersection of two major city routes it’s easy to visit neighboring districts, such as Hayes Valley, for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Just up the hill is Alamo Square, an easily walkable neighborhood full of classic Victorian homes, including the famed Painted Ladies, as well as several eateries. Or hop on BART to stroll along the Embarcadero where you can visit Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building, or Oracle Park—home of the San Francisco Giants.
Address: San Francisco, CA, USA
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16 Tours and Activities to Experience Civic Center

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.50
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$40.50
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San Francisco Love Tour

San Francisco Love Tour

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Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

San Francisco Private Love Tour

San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$528.00
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$528.00
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1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, and more. For even more adventure, upgrade your ticket to include the Sausalito route and cross the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.99
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day pass

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Discover San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean, with stops throughout for photo opportunities you won’t want to miss. Stunning panoramic views off Nob Hill and the colorful life of the Mission district. Come see the beauty of Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Civic Center, the breathtaking waterfront and the fashionable Union Square, these are just some of the sites you’ll treasure long after your visit to the magnificent city by the bay. San Francisco is an extremely popular international tourist destination famous for its landmarks, including Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, and Coit Tower, its steep rolling hills, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established Asian American, and LGBT communities
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00

2-Day San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Night Tour

2-Day San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Night Tour

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace. Make the most of your time in San Francisco with our flexible hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours. Explore the city's sights at your own pace - you'll have the freedom to hop off the tour at any of our conveniently located stops, and rejoin when you're ready. Golden Gate Bridge Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 Union Square Ferry Building Market Place Chinatown Little Italy Nob Hill, Russian Hill Civic Center Haight Ashbury (the Hippies Street) Golden Gate Park Treasure Island Bay Bridge Sausalito
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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San Francisco Hop on Hop off Open Top Bus Tour + City Night Tour (Live Guide)

San Francisco Hop on Hop off Open Top Bus Tour + City Night Tour (Live Guide)

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See all the top landmarks! One of the undeniable highlights of our San Francisco Bus Tour is the journey across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with top-deck views across the bay. However, with its diverse neighborhoods, lively entertainment hub and bustling shopping district, there are so many other great areas of the Golden City to explore. Hop on with us to discover the best of San Francisco.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)

Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)

See San Francisco's top sights and visit the California Academy of Sciences on this one-day combo tour. Cruise through the city on a hop-on hop-off bus, which allows you to disembark at any of the stops to check out attractions at your own pace. Then head to Golden Gate Park for an independent visit of the science museum, one of the city's favorite family-friendly venues with a wealth of entertaining and educational exhibits.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.99
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

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Mix two great experiences together for an ultimate California adventure. This tour package includes a Sonoma wine tour and a hop-on hop-off San Francisco bus pass. Your Sonoma wine tour takes you from the city with round-trip transport to the Carneros Sonoma Wine Region. It includes one free tasting at one of the two to three wineries you visit, and you’ll pass by the Golden Gate Bridge on your way. You can also use your hop-on hop-off bus to explore San Francisco at your own pace. See attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard Street, and Golden Gate Park.
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  • 5 hours to 1 day
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$139.99
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Vantigo San Francisco 4 Hour Private Tour

Vantigo San Francisco 4 Hour Private Tour

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Experience San Francisco in classic style on a comprehensive, four-hour, private, tour in a vintage Volkswagen van. Hit all the main sights, visiting 14 districts including Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Financial District, and stop for photos and tales of local lore at the Palace of Fine Arts, Sutro Baths, and a great Golden Gate Bridge viewpoint. Avoid tourist traps and skip the hassles of driving and navigating on this private tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$638.67
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Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day bike rental. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and other culturally rich and unique San Francisco neighborhoods. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay. The entire fleet of equipment is sanitized regularly and curbside pick-up is available to ensure that your rental experience is safe and enjoyable.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Combo

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Combo

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See the highlights of San Francisco, and secure a hard-to-get ticket to Alcatraz on this all-day tour. First, cruise the city in a vintage Volkswagen van, stopping by popular landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Then, board a ferry to Alcatraz for an audio walking tour of the historic prison.
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  • 7 hours
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$129.00
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