In a select few blocks of San Francisco’s bustling downtown lies the beautiful Civic Center. Known for housing some of the city’s main governmental and cultural institutions, the Civic Center is a hub of activity and not just for municipal officials – there’s really a lot to do and see. Take a look and you’ll find the impressive City Hall and War Memorial Opera House built in the beautiful Beaux Arts style. The San Francisco Public Library houses millions(!) of books, and on Sunday mornings the UN Plaza Farmers’ Market has more fine nibbling you could hope to wish for. After touring the buildings, consider the adjacent Hayes Valley for wandering the antique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and book stores.

Practical Info

The San Francisco Civic Center is a few blocks long, but its main thoroughfare is Van Ness Ave. and is bounded by Market Street on the south, Franklin Street on the west, Turk Street on the north, and Leavenworth and Seventh on the east.

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 212 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $30.00

Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 or 3 days

From USD $141.00

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 362 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days

From USD $100.99

City Sightseeing San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $33.00

San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $45.00

Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4.5 to 5-hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Heart of San Francisco Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3.5 hours

From USD $65.00

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