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Ferry Building Tours

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Ferry Building
One of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, the Ferry Building is a port of entry and transit hub, marketplace, and farmers market. Food merchants, specialty shops, wine bars, and restaurants line the historic building’s hallways, making it a one-stop shop for experiencing the diverse culinary flavors and master retailers of San Francisco.
 
The Basics
With its imposing 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower, the Ferry Building is the San Francisco waterfront’s crown jewel. And it’s not just a waiting room for Bay Area ferry commuters—it’s a thriving marketplace with dozens of artisan producers in its vaulted food hall serving everything from hand-churned ice cream and local honey to Blue Bottle coffee and Acme Bread Company’s famous sourdough. Always-packed restaurants—including Gott's Roadside, Hog Island Oyster Company, and the Slanted Door—call the Ferry Building home, and the farmers market offers wildly fresh produce, meat, seafood, and prepared eats three days a week. Walk along the esplanade for great views of the Bay Bridge. 

Many city tours—such as combo tours including Alcatraz—start or end at this iconic spot on the Embarcadero, while food tours of the Ferry Building and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market explore the property in-depth. Hop-on hop-off tours stop here as well. If you have more time, catch a ferry boat from the Ferry Building to Sausalito or arrive via private yacht charter from Napa.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ferry Building is a must for foodies.
  • The marketplace is exceptionally busy during rush hour, and an hour before and after games and events at AT&T Park.
  • Situated on San Francisco’s waterfront, weather can shift quickly from bright and sunny to foggy and cold. Dress in layers.
  • Restrooms are located on either end of the main hall.
  • Ferry Building restaurants and restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Public transit to the Ferry Building is plentiful and convenient. MUNI’s E, F, J, K, L, M, N, and T street cars and 10, 12, and 41 bus lines all stop within two blocks of the Ferry Building, as does BART (Embarcadero station). Ferries to Alameda, Sausalito, Larkspur, and Vallejo dock at the Ferry Building.
 
When to Get There
Hours for individual businesses vary but the Ferry Building is generally open 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday; it is closed on Christmas. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates 10am to 2pm Tuesday and Thursdays, and 8am to 2pm Saturday. Everything is quieter between the morning and afternoon rushes, and in the winter months.
 
Committed to the Local Food Shed
First opened in 1898, the Ferry Building remains an important cog in San Francisco’s transportation wheel, with regular ferry, bus, and streetcar service. In recent years, the space became an important focal point for the internationally renowned local food scene. Small, regional farmers and independently owned and operated businesses are the norm here. It is both haven and incubator for artisan food and wine producers from Northern California, and the triweekly farmers market attracts chefs and locals in search of the best produce around.
Address: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco 94105, USA
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 2 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 16 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Choose the Premium pass to include a night tour or a Deluxe pass for an additional 24 hours of hop-on-hop-off and a night tour.
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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 City Bus Tour: 10 Stops with Sausalito Ferry Cruise (8 PAX Max)

San Francisco City Bus Tour: 10 Stops with Sausalito Ferry Cruise (8 PAX Max)

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The Most Comprehensive 10 Stop, 35+ Attractions tour of San Francisco is smartly confined into five interesting hours. This tour is unique in that our groups are incredibly small. This is the best SF Bus Tour during COVD-19. Start at: Ferry Building Lombard Street (downhill walk) Chinatown Grace Cathedral (Go inside) Cable Car Barn Museum (Museum Tour) City Hall Building Alamo Square Park Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden (Fee not incl.) DeYoung Museum Lookout Tower Golden Gate Bridge Sausalito (Time for lunch, shopping and exploring) Ferry Cruise back to San Francisco Customers of our tour, generally, likes/wants: *Red carpet-like services when traveling. *Definitely no walking up any hills. Our tour only has downhill walks. *Able to leave their personal items onboard tour van. *Doesn’t want to shuffle buses or hail their bus during tour *Wants their bus to stay with them at each stop. *Definitely does NOT want to be on a 60+ passenger bus *Loves only 8 passengers on the tour
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

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Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and tour a vineyard on this tour from San Francisco. Travel through scenic wine country on this antique train, passing through Yountville, Rutherford, Oakville and St Helena as you dig in to a 3-course meal. Disembark at Grgich Hills Estate, Charles Krug Winery or Raymond Vineyards to receive a guided tour and taste the wines for which Napa is famous.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour | 1 Day Pass, Unlimited Use, Live Guide

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour | 1 Day Pass, Unlimited Use, Live Guide

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See the best of San Francisco with Hop on Hop off Bus Tours. Our open-top sightseeing tours will introduce you to all the city's must-see sights, with stops conveniently located at iconic landmarks and attractions. Your flexible ticket allows you to hop on and hop off the bus as much as you like, so you can enjoy the freedom to stay for a few snaps, or immerse yourself for hours. Your ticket is valid for 1 day unlimited use from 9am to 5pm.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

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On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge—as you travel across San Francisco Bay. See major city sights like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
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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

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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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$65.00
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-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. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.99
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$78.99
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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch and Transport from San Francisco

Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch and Transport from San Francisco

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Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, including lunch, during this full-day tour from San Francisco. After transportation via ferry and shuttle from San Francisco, climb aboard the restored antique train to enjoy a gourmet, locally-sourced lunch and wine pairing. Travel through the Napa Valley's rolling vineyards for towards the charming town of St. Helena.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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San Francisco Guided City Tour

San Francisco Guided City Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
Price varies by group size
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$69.00
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24-Hour Bike Rental in San Francisco

24-Hour Bike Rental in San Francisco

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Despite its many hills, San Francisco is a fun city to explore by bike, and this 24-hour bicycle rental allows you to see it at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Pick up your bike at a convenient Fishermans Wharf location, then go where you like, perhaps riding through the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon. Your rental includes maps and use of equipment such as helmet and lock.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.80
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$23.80

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a culinary expert guide and sample many products from artisan and local food purveyors. Then visit the former maximum-security prison, Alcatraz, to shed light on the history-packed location during this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$152.00
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$152.00

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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$54.99
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San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day electric bike rental. Hop on a regular bike or an electric bike, for an easier ride, and pedal past all of the sites on the top of your list. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and more. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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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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$139.00
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$139.00
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide during this 2-hour excursion.
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  • 2 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00

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
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.00
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$32.00
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San Francisco Private City Tour

San Francisco Private City Tour

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See San Francisco with your own personal guide and customize the itinerary to suit your preferences. Spend 4 hours exploring one of California’s most exciting cities, known for its gorgeous location, Victorian architecture and diverse neighborhoods. Take a drive through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach and the cliffs at Lands End; stroll around Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39; check out the shops at Union Square or Embarcadero; and myriad other possibilities.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$435.90
per group
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$435.90
per group

Holiday San Francisco Bay Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Holiday San Francisco Bay Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

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On select dates during the month of December, enjoy a holiday themed cruise from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. Come out on San Francisco Bay, enjoy some holiday flair and spend time with Santa.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00

Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

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Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

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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$89.99

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