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The Castro Tours & Tickets

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The Castro
Closely associated with LGBTQ culture, San Francisco’s vibrant, brash Castro district is a lively neighborhood of shops, bars, rainbow flags, and hilly streets lined with impressively restored Victorian homes. Harvey Milk—California’s first openly gay elected official—was a famous Castro resident, honored here with Harvey Milk Plaza.

The Basics

A significant Castro landmark, the GLBT Historical Society offers visitors a robust archive and three galleries. The Castro is also home to Pink Triangle Park, which includes a granite monument honoring members of the LGBTQ community murdered under the Nazis during World War II. The neighborhood boasts cafés, nightclubs, and historic buildings, including the Castro Theatre, which features a Spanish baroque facade.

Because of its great weather and cycling-friendly streets, the Castro is a great neighborhood for renting bikes to get around. Tours usually offer a choice between self-guided and guided tours, with half-day and full-day rates. Bus tours are also available, and some offer the option to add a sailing adventure or ride in a vintage minibus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • To better understand the neighborhood's history, take an LGBTQ-themed walk exploring the Castro's political background.
  • Adventure-seekers should consider helicopter tours to get a bird's-eye view.
  • Photographers will appreciate the Harvey Milk Center—the largest community darkroom in the country.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to enjoy walking around the hilly Castro.

How to Get There

San Francisco's Castro District is easy to access via the MUNI Metro system’s L, K, or M line. You can also choose the scenic route and take the storied F-Market streetcar. Hop on a historic streetcar at Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, or Civic Center and travel above ground to the Castro. Close proximity to the Mission makes these good neighborhoods to visit together.

When to Get There

San Francisco is known for year-round pleasant weather, and autumn is often the sunniest season. If you arrive mid-October, you'll avoid peak summer tourism. The Castro is beautiful during the day, so visit early for brunch—for which the neighborhood is famous—or shopping. Restaurants and LGBTQ-friendly bars here are liveliest on weekend evenings. The Castro is particularly raucous around June’s Pride celebration and Halloween.
 
Mission Dolores Park

A short walk from the Castro in the Mission District, Mission Dolores Park is beloved among locals, the perfect spot for sipping a locally roasted coffee on a sunny afternoon. Find stunning views of the city from the park's Church Street side, nearest the Castro. Families will enjoy the park’s Helen Diller Playground, packed with slides and swings.
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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
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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
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$65.00
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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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
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$69.00
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Castro, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Twin Peaks, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Then take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.00
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San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

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Conquer San Francisco's urban jungle on this 3-hour urban hike. Trek your way up Tank Hill and Kite Hill, spots favored by locals for great city views, and stroll through hidden forests. Visit the Seward Street Slides to play like a local kid and take spectacular photos from the top of Twin Peaks. Between the forests, lush greenery and hidden pocket parks, you'll find it hard to believe you're in the midst of one of the country's busiest cities. Learn urban legends, history and culture from your local hiking guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.00
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
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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
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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
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$528.00
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San Francisco City Tour

San Francisco City Tour

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Explore San Francisco’s top sights and get an overview from your guide. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle through the city, stopping for photo ops and to explore select locations. See Chinatown, the Castro, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other city sights. Then head towards the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands, where your tour ends. Perfect for first-time visitors, short on time, who don’t want to miss the main sights.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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The Best Day in the Bay + Muir Woods (1st Day); Official Alcatraz Tour (2nd Day)

The Best Day in the Bay + Muir Woods (1st Day); Official Alcatraz Tour (2nd Day)

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From the ocean to the towering redwood trees, Alcatraz Island to Sausalito, this San Francisco combo tour covers the best of the Bay Area with just one booking. Your 2-day excursion includes touring San Francisco, visiting a waterfront town, and marveling at the coastal forest. Spend your second day at Alcatraz—the infamous prison island—where you can tour the penitentiary and take in the scenery on a cruise from Pier 33.
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  • 2 days
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$175.00
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San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

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Experience the best San Francisco attractions. Private tour just for your party. Luxury SUV, knowledgeable and courteous driver. We encourage you to customize this tour to make it as unique as possible, making it unforgettable, one in a lifetime experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$222.88
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$69.00
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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
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

For a near-perfect San Francisco experience ideal for first-time visitors, you can save a bundle and see the best of the city with a San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. For up to five days, you can use your pass for easy access to more than 30 different attractions and activities, from bike tours and museum visits to discounts at top area restaurants. Stroll through North Beach, Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Asian Art Museum, and more—all included.
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$84.00
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$84.00

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. Select two, three, four, five or six attractions and schedule your visit during a 30-day period of your choice. Choose to visit popular destinations such as Madame Tussaud's and the Legion of Honor art museum, and opt for a select San Francisco sightseeing tour. Receive your pass instantly after booking, with a code that allows immediate use.
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$64.00
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$64.00

Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

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Experience the beauty of San Francisco at Christmastime with this holiday lights tour. Set out on a small-group, 2-hour guided tour from Fisherman's Wharf, taking in the city's waterfront as well as well-known sights such as Lombard Street, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Union Square. In true San Francisco fashion you'll travel in '70s-style VW vans decked out with shag rugs and bed curtains and all donning Santa hats―perfect for snapping that pic for next year's Christmas card in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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$69.34
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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$120.00
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Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise

Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Get acquainted with the City by the Bay during this 3.5-hour San Francisco tour, including a 1.5-hour cruise around Alcatraz Island. First make your way through the city’s most popular neighborhoods, and see main attractions, such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Then, hit the water on a cruise around Alcatraz Island, and learn about the history and the former inmates of the notorious penitentiary.
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  • 5 hours
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$91.00
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San Francisco Super Saver: Grand City Tour plus Muir Woods & Sausalito Day Trip

San Francisco Super Saver: Grand City Tour plus Muir Woods & Sausalito Day Trip

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Combine two of San Francisco’s top tours into one Super Saver, which provides a comprehensive look at the best of the Bay Area. Travel by bus to Muir Woods, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the way, and be wowed by the towering redwood trees of the old-growth forest. Then visit the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco for a deluxe city tour that takes in major attractions like Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, and Twin Peaks.
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  • 8 hours
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Castro to the Mission Small-Group Tour in San Francisco

Castro to the Mission Small-Group Tour in San Francisco

San Francisco is known world-wide for it's place in LGBTQ history. Start your Castro to the Mission tour by learning how the movement caught fire during the 1960's and 70's in the historic Castro neighborhood. From there we'll take you through the side-streets (so you can view some of the best street murals you'll ever see) to the nearby Mission District, which was the birthplace of San Francisco itself. It was here, in 1776, that colonists built a Mission to establish control of the area for the Spanish King. During the tour you'll also be able to enjoy some great local food, including San Francisco's very own Mission Style Burrito, artisanal cheese and lovely home-made chocolate.
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  • 3 hours
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$50.00
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San Francisco: Nightlife Experience

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San Francisco: Nightlife Experience

There really is something for everyone when it comes to nightlife in San Francisco! Whether you want to get to know SoMa, SF’s hottest nocturnal neighbourhood, explore LGBTQ friendly Castro or you feel like sipping cocktails in sophisticated North Beach, your hand-picked Host will take you to the best spots for your style! Fall in love with the magical skyline as you watch the sun set over the city from a favourite local sunset spot, then once the stars are out and the city is glittering with lights, head towards the bright lights and discover SF’s night time personality! This experience is custom crafted to suit your needs and wishes, so from dive bars to sleek rooftops, live music venues to clubs where you can dance the night away, let your Host show you a night in the city that you’ll love.
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