Golden Gate Park Tours

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The 1,000-plus acres (412 hectares) of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park are home to museums, picnic sites, lakes, golf, hiking and biking paths, concerts, and more. From the attraction-laden east end to the wilder west side where bison roam, the park offers plenty of ways to relax, get a culture fix, exercise, or gather with friends.
 
The Basics
Sitting between the Richmond and Sunset districts, Golden Gate Park stretches about 50 blocks across San Francisco from Ocean Beach on the western edge to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. The de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences are the two main cultural institutions (with entrance fees) and sit conveniently near each other at the Music Concourse. The Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Shakespeare Garden, National AIDS Memorial Grove, and Stow Lake are other popular attractions in this tourist-heavy section of the park. Moving west toward the Pacific Ocean, the park spreads out with more trails (both paved and dirt), a 9-hole golf course, disc golf, meadows that host annual music festivals, windmills, and even a bison paddock. Park Segway tours and bike rentals are the top ways to explore.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Free street parking is available around the park in some locations, and a parking garage is set near the de Young and California Academy of Sciences.
  • John F. Kennedy Drive is closed on Sundays and holidays from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive. It’s also closed on Saturdays from April through September from 8th Avenue to Transverse Drive.
  • Roads inside the park close occasionally for special events; signs will be posted.
  • Food and drinks can be found at the de Young Café, the Beach Chalet, the California Academy Café, and the Stow Lake Boathouse, as well as at snack stands.
 
How to Get There
The No. 5 bus on the city’s Muni network stops at entrances to the park on the northern edge, along Fulton Street. Taxis and ride-sharing vehicles are allowed to pull up in front of the de Young and California Academy of Sciences for drop-off only.
 
When to Get There
San Francisco offers mild weather most of the year, so the park is enjoyable nearly every day (just be sure to wear layers). Music lovers may want to visit for the annual Outside Lands Music Festival in August or the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October. Beware the city’s famous fog, affectionately known as Karl, which rolls in from the ocean in July and August, giving San Francisco its chilly summers.
 
The Golden Gate Park Bison Paddock
The most unusual thing about this city park is its bison paddock, home to a herd of American bison since the 1890s. Stumbling upon the animals is a delightful surprise for many visitors who make it to the western section of the park. To find the meadow, head along John F. Kennedy Drive just west of Spreckels Lake. Hopefully you’ll catch them near the fence, but know that they’re not always in view.
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Address: Fell and Stanyan Streets, San Francisco 94118, USA
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Hours: Daily. Closed (except for through traffic) 10pm-6am
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Admission: Free
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Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

Explore San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park on this 2.5-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll pass top attractions like the Japanese Tea Gardens, the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. All equipment is included, as well as a safety training. Cover even more ground on a Segway as you soak up Golden Gate Park's rich history and hidden gems from your guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Segway Tours of Golden Gate Park

See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. Enjoy routes that travel through Golden Gate Park and more. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Golden Gate Park Self Guided Bike Tour in San Francisco

Explore Golden Gate Park on your own with a self-guided bike tour from a convenient location in the nearby Haight-Ashbury district. With suggestions from the provided map, you can make your way to highlights such as the California Academy of Sciences, DeYoung Museum, Japanese Tea Garden and Legion of Honor. Stop at Stow Lake where paddleboats can be rented, or ride all the way through the park to the Great Highway and Pacific Ocean. Your bike rental includes lock, helmet and map.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Golden Gate Park Segway Tour to Ocean and Windmills

Glide through San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and experience its history in just a few hours by Segway. In 2.5 hours, zoom around effortlessly and see the park’s highlight attractions, including Shakespeare Garden, the Japanese Tea Garden, the de Young Museum and Lily Pond. Learn fascinating history and trivia from an informative guide through a radio headset. This San Francisco tour is suitable for all skill levels and is limited to just 8 people, ensuring more personalized attention.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Mini Majestic Electric Bike Tour

San Francisco is famous for its skyline views, rich cultural landscape, and iconic architecture. While the city’s steep streets and thick traffic can make foot and car travel difficult, this guided electric bike tour allows you to cruise up hills with the assistance of a battery-powered bicycle, avoid traffic, and see some of the city’s best-known neighborhoods, parks, and attractions up close.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco

Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
  • Duration: 1 day
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off and Alcatraz Combo Tour

With a hop-on hop-off bus tour and pre-booked Alcatraz ticket, you can cover all of San Francisco’s top attractions. You’ll enjoy convenient transportation to the Alcatraz ferry landing, where you’ll head across San Francisco Bay to tour the island prison with an included audio guide. Choosing between a 24-hour or 48-hour Hop On Hop Off tour provides easy sightseeing across the city, from Golden Gate Park to Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf. Plus, listen to live commentary on board the bus to learn fun facts about San Francisco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown, and admire the City by the Bay’s famous Victorian homes. Plus, you can upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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. Upgrade to the Big Bus to take walking tours of the Barbary Coast, Chinatown and North Beach. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass to take a night bus tour, and a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito (included in Deluxe ticket only).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore San Francisco’s most iconic attractions the fun and easy way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Ride aboard a comfortable, double-decker coach while listening to live commentary on passing highlights and city history. Hop on or off at any of 24 different stops, including Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Haight-Ashbury and North Beach. Alternatively, cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for fantastic views of the skyline and Alcatraz. Choose from several 1- or 2-day pass options to customize your time in the ‘City by the Bay.’
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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San Francisco Love Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Combine two of San Francisco’s top tours into one Super Saver, which provides a comprehensive look at the best of the Bay Area. You’ll travel by bus to Muir Woods, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the way, and be wowed by the towering redwood trees of the old-growth forest. Then visit the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco for a deluxe city tour that takes in major attractions like Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Urban Adventure and Alcatraz Tour

Tour San Francisco in an open-air safari jeep, then visit Alcatraz during this 4-hour urban adventure. With your small group, limited to 10 people or fewer to ensure an intimate experience, cruise through the city, passing landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, then winding through the city's diverse neighborhoods. Disembark at Pier 33 to board your Alcatraz cruise, then take the self-guided audio tour to learn about the prison's rich history. Pickup at your hotel in San Francisco is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Half-Day San Francisco Highlights Tour

Take a private half-day tour of San Francisco to see some of the city's top attractions and distinctive neighborhoods. Take in Lombard Street, Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, Land's End, Ocean Beach, and the Haight-Ashbury district while learning from your guide about this vibrant city's history, culture, and must-dos.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco

See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. This route is only available on the private tour. The extended route includes the best of the Waterfront, North Beach and the Advanced Hills Tour in one incredible experience. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Bike Tour

On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Private Sightseeing Tour

Make your visit to San Francisco easy with this private sightseeing tour that includes round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle of your choice and bridge tolls. See some of the city’s most famous and memorable areas as this tour takes away the stress of maneuvering through the streets and parking in congested areas. Walk down Pier 39, stop for a cannoli in North Beach, see historic cable cars at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, and take photos of the windmills in Golden Gate Park. Whatever you choose to do, it's up to you when and where to stop.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour

Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by private luxury minivan. The 4-hour tour takes you to parts of the city where buses aren’t allowed.  With maximum five passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat, while you listen to live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at six of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this skip-the-line pass. Walk right in with this pre-paid ticket to enjoy the museum's 4-story rainforest, planetarium and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco GoCar Tour

Ride a GoCar all over San Francisco as it navigates for you and provides a guided tour. Take as long as you like to explore the city with a storytelling car as your guide — what Time Magazine has called "one of the coolest inventions of the year." Let this tiny car show you what the city is all about, learn about its history and visit sites like the Presidio, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Lombard Street. Pick up your car at one of two convenient locations: Union Square or Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tours

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Experience City Tour from Fisherman's Wharf

Explore San Francisco on a 3-hour 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, you'll 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) and refreshments are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco All-Day Alcatraz and GoCar Adventure Package Including Lunch

Visit the former prison cells of Alcatraz Island and then motor through San Francisco streets in your very own GPS-guided GoCar. This combo experience includes a ferry ride across the bay for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious penitentiary. You'll also receive a fabulous lunch from Get Fresh SF where you'll have your choice of a sandwich, wrap, or Asian bowl. On the same day or another day, take a 2-hour drive in your private GoCar, preloaded with more than 50 must-see attractions and landmarks including the Presidio, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and Lombard Street — the crookedest street in the world!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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USD245.88
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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