The Mission and Castro Districts Hidden Stories Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Registered on October 25, 2017

The Free SF Tour is organized by people who fell in love with San Francisco. We would like to give a warm welcome to everyone who visits this amazing city to talk about its rich and illustrious history, it's secrets and paths less trodden! We are open and curious folks who enjoy meeting new friends from all over the world. We would like to make you feel as if a friend of yours is showing you around, but a friend with local insights and nous. Those who are familiar with the city and even locals can get surprised too – and in the past 3 years, many did! The tour takes 2-2½ hours. You'd barely notice the time as it's less walking and more fun facts and conversation so you never get tired or bored. Moreover, you will meet and chat with other open and fun people, fellow travelers, or curious locals. So whether you are in SF for just a few days or if you live there, join us on this free walking tour!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

San Francisco is a very diverse city with a lot of cultural history. Come discover the hidden stories in two of its central neighborhoods: The Mission District and The Castro!
We’ll explore many famous spots, loved by locals and often missed by tourists including Mission Dolores Park, the Castro Theatre, and the Clarion Mural Alley. Dive into the stories of the city and learn how the forces of history have transformed these neighborhoods over the last two centuries.

This tour will start at the Mission Dolores Basilica located at 16th and Dolores St and end in the heart of Castro, right next to the Castro Metro station. The tour will last 2-2.5 hours and will include 2 miles of walking. There will be a short restroom and water break as well as a free group photo.

Book it now, immerse in stories of artists and rebels who transformed the City by the Bay!

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  • Meeting point:
    16th St & Dolores St, San Francisco, ...
    16th St & Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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    We start in front of Mission Dolores Basilica and the corner of 16th Street and Dolores Street. Your guide will hold white-and-orange umbrella with Free SF Tour logo.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Lydia 08 Oct 2023
San Antonio

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
I would recommend this tour! Great insight of the districts and San Francisco! 🙏
Undine 29 Jul 2023

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Travelled in group - Jul 2023
It was an interesting tour with a lot of insight scoop. The guide was fun and colorful, the only slightly negative I have to say is, it was quite a distance to walk and no opportunity to sit just for a break. Otherwise a good tour.
Eric 10 Jul 2023
Quebec City

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2023
Great way to visit the City. The guide adds to the experience with it's knowledge and stories that gives life to the things you see. Thank you Peter, we had a great time.
Craig 01 Jul 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
We really enjoyed Peter’s walking tour of The Mission and The Castro in San Francisco! The tour was fun and informative and was perfectly pitched for such a cool/eclectic location! We will be recommending GuruWalks to friends! Cheers
Chris 17 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Pete was an entertaining and slightly offbeat guide.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.