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Go on an urban safari in search of a famous flock of wild parrots that make their home in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill neighborhood. This 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide looks for these legendary birds, which have won the hearts of their human neighbors, and inspired a book, documentary film and many news stories. Learn about city landmarks that you pass along the way, delving into local history and lore. This only-in-San-Francisco experience provides a fun and fascinating afternoon in the city by the bay.

Highlights

  • 3-hour walking tour of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco
  • Go in search of the parrot colony with your guide
  • Hear from your guide about the history of these celebrated birds
  • Pass historical locations with buried ships and the stomping grounds of a pair of famous dogs from the 1800s
  • Bring home a DVD of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill documentary if the birds are not sighted

What You Can Expect

San Francisco's Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Walking Tour

See the Famous Wild Parrots Flock of Telegraph Hill

Meet your guide at the Columbus Statue that stands in front of Coit Tower, one of Telegraph Hill's landmarks.

Set off in search of San Francisco's famous parrots on your 3-hour walking tour. The birds are descendants of released or escaped pets that have established their own naturalized colony. They became known in the neighborhood and have been the subject of news stories, travel guides, and an excellent book and documentary film: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Follow your guide on a leisurely walk through the hilly neighborhood, which is filled gorgeous homes and steep staircase paths that weave between the streets. Listen for the raucous calls of the flock as your guide points out historical points of interest such as a buried ship, an urban redwood grove and the original shoreline of the San Francisco Bay. Hear the legend of two dogs named Lazarus and Bummer who roamed San Francisco's streets in the 1860s. 

The flock of parrots has a mind of its own; if for some reason the parrots are not sighted during your tour, you'll receive a complimentary DVD of the documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

At the end of three hours, your tour ends at Sue Bierman Park, located on The Embarcadero near the Ferry Building.

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