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Truly excellent tour. Kathy was knowledgeable and inviting, and conveyed with a great personal touch the history and community of the Castro. Would highly recommend if you want to get a real feeling for the area and its significance in wider society!
Excellent tour! We learned a great deal and enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was very nice and answered any questions we had. It was great that she lived in the Castro and was able to provide information that only a local could provide. It is certainly worth your time to spend learning about a great neighborhood in San Francisco. We highly recommend this tour.
Fun, fascinating, and fact filled tour of San Francisco's Castro district. Very knowledgeable yet fun tour guide! You get to see an important chapter in American history as well as a vital living community. Recommended for both members and non-members of the LGBT community!
This was amazing! A must do for all who have an interest in the Castro and in GLBT history. The tour was very informative and at times moving as the decades of world changing history are revealed. The guide Kathy was so lovely and the tour moved at a comfortable pace.
We had a wonderful time and our guide Kathy was so knowledgable and friendly. She made us feel at home and you could tell that she had a passion for the Castro district. People were so friendly I want to come back. A great tour. See you soon!! X
Our tour guide was Kathy Amendola, and she was absolutely fantastic. She was knowledgable, warm, patient, and had a cute sense of humour. She is extremely familiar with the area in its' entirety, and was great at taking questions on the fly. This was not my first trip to San Francisco or the Castro area, but it was my first time taking a tour of this type and I would highly recommend it to others who are interested in learning more about the history behind this well-known gay and lesbian district :
Awesome. A real amazing tour of history and information. Kathy has a wealth of knowledge and a lovely personality. We could have listened to her all day long. The tour really gave an insight into the Harvey Milk story and the history of the Castro. Prob the best your we experienced on our trip
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.
Paul J Australia
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.
Doing what: The Summer of Love Magic Bus Experience
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.
Doing what: The Summer of Love Magic Bus Experience
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!
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