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Civic Center Tours

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Civic Center
Home to San Francisco’s main governmental offices, Civic Center is a central gathering spot for visitors to major museums and performing arts venues. The tree-lined UN Plaza leads to the impressive gold-leaf dome of City Hall while surrounding Beaux Arts-style buildings invite you to stroll around the square or buy tickets to a show.

The Basics
A National Historic Landmark District, Civic Center houses landmarks such as City Hall (rebuilt after the infamous 1906 earthquake), the War Memorial Opera House, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Asian Art Museum, creating a unique epicenter that blends municipal affairs with artistic, cultural activities. To learn more about the history and architecture of City Hall, take a tour of the governmental building or book a walking or biking tour of the surrounding area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring water and a warm layer as weather can change quickly.
  • Pets must be leashed, and owners are required to pick up after them.
  • The plaza and its buildings are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • There is a free public restroom available for use.

How to Get There
Civic Center is accessible by car along Market Street. For parking, take Larkin Street and access the Civic Center Garage at McAllister Street.To arrive via  public transportation, get off at the Civic Center station on BART, or hop off any MUNI metro lines and buses servicing the area.

When to Get There
San Francisco is temperate year-round, averaging highs around 67°F and lows around 54°F in the summer. For the best weather, plan your visit during October when the fog is clear and the city is at its warmest. Consider planning your visit to Civic Center Tuesday through Friday for less crowds and access to all the surrounding attractions including the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Public Library. And on Sundays, Civic Center hosts the city’s only independent farmers market.

Things to Do Near Civic Center
Since the center is at the intersection of two major city routes it’s easy to visit neighboring districts, such as Hayes Valley, for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Just up the hill is Alamo Square, an easily walkable neighborhood full of classic Victorian homes, including the famed Painted Ladies, as well as several eateries. Or hop on BART to stroll along the Embarcadero where you can visit Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building, or Oracle Park—home of the San Francisco Giants.
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 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 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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San Francisco Love TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

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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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans WharfHalf-day Tours

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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

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Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

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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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Vantigo San Francisco City TourHalf-day Tours

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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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Lucky Tuk Tuk Ultimate City Tour San Francisco 2.5 Hours in Cute Electric Tuk Full-day Tours

Lucky Tuk Tuk Ultimate City Tour San Francisco 2.5 Hours in Cute Electric Tuk

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See the best of San Francisco without crowding into a stuffy tour bus with this personal tour experience, where you see the sights by electric tuk-tuk, with a guide leading the way. You can cruise through San Francisco to explore diverse neighborhoods, like Union Square, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury, while spotting landmarks as you go. Highlights include visiting must-see destinations like Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, City Hall, and more.
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San Francisco Love Night TourNight Tours

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San Francisco Love Night Tour

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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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San Francisco Private Love TourHalf-day Tours

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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1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour PLUSBus Tours

1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour PLUS

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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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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 2 Day passSightseeing Passes

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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Alcatraz & Lucky Tuk Tuk City Tour combo City Tour plus Alcatraz Ferry & Jail Bus Tours

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Alcatraz & Lucky Tuk Tuk City Tour combo City Tour plus Alcatraz Ferry & Jail

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If you can't choose between San Francisco sightseeing and a tour of Alcatraz Island, don't bother: with this convenient combo tour you can do both. From Haight-Ashbury to Union Square, you're whisked across San Francisco, and learn as you go from your guide's live commentary. At Alcatraz, you cruise on the bay with a scenic ferry ride, tour the infamous prison, and enjoy easy departure from Pier 33.
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing in San Francisco and its surroundings by hop-on hop-off bus with a City Sightseeing San Francisco pass. Select a 1-day pass that includes access to the City and Sausalito tours. Or choose a 2-day pass that includes the City and Sausalito tours but adds two walking tour options, so you cover all the main attractions with one ticket. This flexible and family-friendly pass lets you hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops and explore San Francisco at your own pace.
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The Classic San Francisco Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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The Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

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See San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods during this biking tour that avoids the big hills and moves at a leisurely pace. A guide tells you all about the city and its most intriguing stories as you pedal through the Mission, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, and Alamo Square. Plus, your bike and helmet rental are included for a stress-free experience.
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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union SquareHistorical & Heritage Tours

San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour from Union Square

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Avoid the hours-long wait at San Francisco’s cable car lines, while still getting a classic cable car experience during this city tour by converted cable car from Union Square. In addition to pointing out landmarks that visitors often miss, your guide also provides walking tours at City Hall, Alamo Square Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plus, blankets and refreshments are included to make sure you stay comfortable during the ride.
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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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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Lucky Tuk Tuk at Night - San Francisco Lights TourBus Tours

Lucky Tuk Tuk at Night - San Francisco Lights Tour

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What’s the best way to see San Francisco sparkle by night? Why, in a Tuk Tuk, of course! Don’t let the size of this adorable modern-day rickshaw fool you—it conquers hills and weaves into the tightest of places to give you up-close and personal views of the CIty by the Bay’s most beautiful attractions. This eco-friendly electric vehicle takes you into bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can marvel at the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and ominous Alcatraz Island. Cruise through the back alleys of Chinatown, breathe in the delicious aromas of dinners in North Beach, and feed your Instagram with glittering shots of the most gorgeous city in the world! Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2-hour excursion. Your tour guide picks you up in Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. Tours are limited to five riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests ok with group that includes children and adults). Larger groups can reserve multiple Tuk Tuks to ride around in together.
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San Francisco Hop on Hop off Open Top Bus Tour with Sausalito Tour - Live GuideBus Tours

San Francisco Hop on Hop off Open Top Bus Tour with Sausalito 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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Skyline Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off ToursBus Tours

Skyline Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

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The Hop-On Hop-Off tours are a fun way to see San Francisco! They show you all major sights in the city, with unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off access for 3 different tour routes. Chose between a 1-day or 2-day ticket and explore San Francisco on your own pace! Enjoy the live commentary from our entertaining live tour guides, or listen to the audio guide in various foreign languages. Be sure to bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities from the open top Double Decker bus - a great way to remember your visit to the beautiful City by The Bay.
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz ComboAttraction Tickets

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour and Alcatraz Combo

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See the highlights of San Francisco, and secure a hard-to-get ticket to Alcatraz on this all-day tour. First, cruise the city in a vintage Volkswagen van, stopping by popular landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, the Palace of Fine Arts, and more. Then, board a ferry to Alcatraz for an audio walking tour of the historic prison.
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Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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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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Alcatraz Combo: Alcatraz Tour + Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Hop On, Hop Off Bus.Day Trips

Alcatraz Combo: Alcatraz Tour + Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Hop On, Hop Off Bus.

Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bay Cruise and city tour Hop-on, Hop-Off package! This package offers every must-see site San Francisco has to offer: - Tickets to Alcatraz Island complete with the award-winning audio tour of Alcatraz Island -The San Francisco Bay + sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. -A 20 stop Hop-On, Hop-Off tour throughout the entire city. Highlights include the Painted Ladies, California Academy of Sciences, driving the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight-Ashbury, Civic Center, Union Square plus many more.
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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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Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus PassWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

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Mix two great experiences together for an ultimate California adventure. This tour package includes a Sonoma wine tour and a hop-on hop-off San Francisco bus pass. Your Sonoma wine tour takes you from the city with round-trip transport to the Carneros Sonoma Wine Region. It includes one free tasting at one of the two to three wineries you visit, and you’ll pass by the Golden Gate Bridge on your way. You can also use your hop-on hop-off bus to explore San Francisco at your own pace. See attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard Street, and Golden Gate Park.
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