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Golden Gate Park
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.
Address: Fell and Stanyan Streets, San Francisco 94118, USA
Hours: Daily. Closed (except for through traffic) 10pm-6am
Admission: Free
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de Young Museum General Admission

Enjoy general admission to San Francisco’s de Young Museum, home to one of the city’s most prominent art collections. Seated in Golden Gate Park, you’ll have the chance to explore the rare artifacts of the permanent exhibitions, as well as sculpture and paintings. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibitions or the insightful commentary of an audio guide. Be sure to stop at the Hamon Observation Tower before heading out, where you’ll find spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. With this ticket, you can also enter the Legion of Honor Museum at no extra cost.
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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. 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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  • 8 hours
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City Tours

Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this two-in-one tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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City Tours

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.
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  • 2 hours
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Half-day Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 hours
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
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Bus & Minivan Tours

San Francisco Grand 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 San Francisco Bay cruise.
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Half-day Tours

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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided 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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Day Trips

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5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour Return By Ferry

This premium city tour of San Francisco is a fully guided 5-hour tour experience that makes 11 fully guided tour stops, a stop for lunch and a guided ferry/bay cruise that sails right by Alcatraz Island. The tour operates with a separate tour guide from driver to ensure you get the most out of your day exploring. Tour groups can range from 8 to 35 people. Book direct on suppliers website for additional discounts at SF Shuttle Tours. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see the best of San Francisco!
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City Tours

San Francisco Experience City Tour from Fisherman's Wharf

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, 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) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
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Attraction Tickets

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.
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  • 4 hours
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Super Savers

San Francisco Super Saver: Grand City Tour plus Muir Woods & 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.
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  • 8 hours
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City Tours

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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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Full-day Tours

Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Segway Tours

Golden Gate Park Segway Tour with the Exclusive Park Tour Co

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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Attraction Tickets

Viator Exclusive: Alcatraz Attraction Pass

For travelers, San Francisco is a beautiful, but expensive city with too many attractions to count. This pass makes exploring the city a little easier and less overwhelming by combining activities and attractions to save you money. Along with a 1-day hop-on hop-off San Francisco bus ticket, you’ll also get an Aquarium by the Bay admission ticket, a round-trip ferry ticket to Alcatraz with an audio tour, and a guided walking tour of Chinatown.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Francisco

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-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. This bus offers four routes you can choose from, and along each route you can listen to historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 60 to 120 minutes
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  • 60 to 120 minutes

Day Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure

Enjoy a relaxing outing on San Francisco Bay with a cruise. Take in panoramic views of the city skyline, marvel at Alcatraz Island and journey beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to sit indoors or savor cool bay breezes from an outdoor deck and experience San Francisco in a whole new way from the water. You can even learn about the sights that you're seeing from a free audio tour—available on any personal wifi-enabled device. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour

Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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

2.5 Hours in an eco friendly Electric Tuk Tuk. No more than 6 guests makes this a personalized experience. This is the ultimate insider tour for small groups. Explore the road less traveled and go where buses never dare--off the beaten track! See more sights in an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk than you could ever see on foot. Climb San Francisco’s tallest hills in this small but mighty vehicle! Marvel at the sparkling San Francisco Bay and city skyline, enjoy the sights and smells of Fisherman’s Wharf, green spaces in Golden Gate Park and grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2.5-hour excursion, stopping often for “Instagram worthy” photos!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 cruise around together
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Self-guided Tours & Rentals

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.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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

Combo Package: Alcatraz Ferry Tickets PLUS see SF city sights in an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk. No more than 6 guests per Tuk Tuk. This is the ultimate insider tour for small groups. Explore the road less traveled and go where buses never dare--off the beaten track! Marvel at the sparkling San Francisco Bay and city skyline, enjoy the sights of Fisherman’s Wharf, green spaces in Golden Gate Park & grandeur of Golden Gate Bridge. Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2.5-hour excursion, stopping often for “Instagram worthy” photos!Alcatraz portion includes ferry tickets, self guided island tour & cellhouse audio tour. Your tour guide picks you up in Fisherman’s Wharf. Tours are limited to five riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests ok with group that includes children and adults).Alcatraz Ferry times are either early morning eg: 9:00 am or afternoon eg: 3:40 pm the same day depending on City Tour time. Must be booked 96 hours in advance and is not refundable.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours


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