This was an awesome tour with even better guides!! I am a native San Franciscan and I've always been so scared to ride a bike through San Francisco, but Ari and Gabe made me feel very safe. I couldn't believe myself riding down Market street, not at all nervous. We made a couple stops, learning about the neighborhoods and cool architecture throughout the city. I had no idea Mission Dolores was the oldest building in San Francisco! Besides the informative bike tour around the city, we stopped at really cool breweries that were surprisingly new to me - my favorite was Cervecería de MateVeza, a really small microbrewery in between Dolores Park and the Castro. They had a delicious variety of house brewed beers and savory empanadas. I was in heaven! If you have the chance, DO go on this tour!!
Such a fun outing! I'm local, but I have never biked in San Francisco and this was a great way to do it. Ari and Gabe, our guides, did a great job navigating us along busy streets and made me feel safe about biking in busier areas like SoMa and the Mission. We started at 21st Amendment and they treated us to beer there, and then we traveled along a flat route to the Mission. Between stops, we got to check out all the incredible murals in Clarion Alley, and I even learned some fun facts that I didn't already know about the Mission Dolores and Dolores Park. My favorite stop was at a bar on the edge of Dolores Park, technically in the Castro, where I had an amazing locally made empanada and Yerba Mate–infused IPA. So good! I definitely recommend this tour for adventurous beer lovers who feel comfortable riding city streets.
This tour is excellent - Kathy our tour guide was both friendly and welcoming and made the your of The Castro something special. The history of the area is fascinating and a great way to spend 2/3 hours. Highly recommended.
The tour was very interesting and Kathy is a very awesome and authentic person. We would definitely recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in the political and social history of "The Castro".
I had visited the Castro previously and just knew I was missing something. This tour highlighted all of the things that I missed that first time. We learned so much about the Castro culture and history.
This was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco. Kathy was very knowledgeable and entertaining! You will receive a first hand account from someone who has been truly involved in the Castro culture. I would recommend the tour to anyone gay, straight or otherwise as it will really open your eyes to the drive for equality in America and the history of San Fran. Thanks again Kathy!
Our tour guide Cathy was so great. First, everyone could 'hear' her. Sometimes tour guides are not cognizant of that little detail. Cathy brought to light much of Castro history I was never aware of (as a Floridian) and even gave details she knew of it's future, the street project in progress, along with the plaques to be imbedded. The Harvey Milk history Cathy provided enhanced, for me, what I had seen in the movie 'Milk'. Now I want to see it again having my knew found knowledge. The elementary school mosaics and their representation of equality - hope for a more tolerant upcoming generation - was not only inspiring -- I would have not known they even existed had Cathy's tour not led us down the street they were on. On and on, there's so much to mention. The tour is a 'must do' for the open-minded visiting SF. Bill and Ramon
Kathy leads an informative, even emotionally moving, tour of the Castro district. Her tales, the memorials and sites tell an uplifting story of historical tragedy, courage, dedication and accomplishment in America's humanity.
Kathy is very knowledgeable about the Castro area but more importantly, she is warm and friendly. She made the tour educational and very enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour.
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Kathy was exceptionally personable and fun to walk around with. This tour should not be considered only for LGBT participants, everybody can learn a lot from Kathy and her outstanding knowledge of the area and her unique perspective of the Castro.
Kathy was a terrific guide. The history and local knowledge Kathy shared was very informative. I felt I went away 'feeling' the history in the Castro, not only being educated upon it. This tour is highly recommended.
Our guide “Tree-Flower” welcomed us with a flower for our hair, and remained in character as a time-travelling hippie for the entire tour. Great acting job! The tour was both entertaining and educational. It not only covered Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love, but the broader background of the hippie movement in San Francisco and its context in history.
Excellent. Learned a lot about the Castro District I had no knowledge of. The guide was superb and very insightful about murals, parks, hand most important, the history of the movement since its earliest days.
Groovy. What a fun way to visit (or revisit) the 60's era in San Francisco! The tour was very informative and entertaining, never a dull moment. The guide was a treat, who gave us treats! The bus was magical!
The 60's was a unique time in our national history and so much of the social activity at that time took place in San Francisco. Riding the Magic Bus through Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park wearing a flower in my hair and listening to Janis Joplin made my SF visit complete. Just ride the Magic Bus! It's a trip, man.
This tour was awesome, Cathy knows the Castro area so well, and the tour was informative and very moving. I would recommend every gay person visiting San Francisco to take the tour. If you are straight you will get a lot from it also
Thank you Cathy
One of the highlights of the week.
Graham and John,
This was a wonderful tour! Kathy, the tour guide,
was simply delightful. She is very knowledgeable about the history of the Castro and it was interesting to learn all about this neighborhood. If you are interested in learning about LGBTQ history, struggles, and successes, as well as getting a feel for the Castro neighborhood, this is the perfect tour.
We absolutely loved this tour. Kathy was an amazing guide and she taught us so much about Castro. We are so glad we decided to do this tour because we learned things we would have never known had we just gone and visiting the Castro on our own. We also appreciated Kathy paying for us to go into a museum at the end of the tour. This tour ended up being one of our favorite parts of our San Francisco trip!
It was very insightful, I learned a lot and I loved the fact that we got to walk around Castro. The tour guide was lovely also :
Very informative. Kathy was was a great ambassador or SF and the Castro.
It was great, but I think if they stopped at Haight - Ashbury and let people check out some of the stores and the area say for 30 to 45 minutes it would be even better!
Gaya our tour guide was fantastic. So full of energy. I loved the tour. I wish they had gone a little slower or even stopped in the Haight Ashbury area as the history their was very good and it seemed like it went a little fast through there. This tour would've been five stars if there had been more people on board. Overall, we really loved it and would recommend it for anyone interested in the history of the 60s.
The pick up location is vague. Given an address but no actual storefront or kiosk. The pick up location is on the street where other tour buses pick up and drop off. The other companies had representatives waiting at the curb. Our Magic Bus was running late, kind of had to guess where to be for pickup. Could have had a rep with Magic Bus there to guide people instead of wondering what is going on. Once we got on the bus it was a fun ride. One stop was made at the conservatory. Would have been nice for the bus to stop at Haight Ashbury and check out a few shops and look around. Guide and driver were lots of fun. Overall I would recommend this tour but could use a few improvements.
Really informative tour. Nice to visit Castro as well and get informed.
The first bus I boarded was not cleaned and was soaking wet. A real turn-off at the start!!
After I got down at Fisherman's Wharf, I was searching for another bus for almost an hour but never showed up. Also, the map given in the tour and also the GPS based maps were a bit different. So, that made it more difficult to find places.
All in all it was not a good one. Could have been loads better.
Doing what: San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Unfortunately, we did not ride on the double-decker bus that is shown in the picture. Our tour bus driver proceeded on the tour and took us so fast by everything that we weren't sure when we were supposed to look. He was very distracted. Then when we opted to get off the bus at Pier 39, he didn't tell us that the last pick up in that area was 5:30 so we missed it. For us, it was a very expensive taxi ride from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf...plus we missed seeing The Golden Gate Bridge and all the other sights on the next part of the tour! The actual taxi we had to take to get back to Union Station from Fisherman's Wharf was much less expensive and a lot more entertaining. I would rate this one star but my kids had a nice time at Fisherman's Wharf and they loved the taxi guy who took us back to our car (neither of which had anything to do with your tour except you got us there).
Doing what: San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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