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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Francisco, United States

From $30.96

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
  • Guided walking tour through the Castro neighborhood
  • Learn about the history and culture of San Francisco
  • Walk by Harvey Milk's former residence and camera shop, as well as the Harvey Milk Plaza
  • See the Rainbow Honor Walk Project and the Pink Triangle Memorial Park
  • Visit the AIDS Quilt Names Projects original site
  • Informative narrative from your local guide

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 400 Castro St, 400 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM

What To Expect

Meet your local guide for the walking tour of the iconic Castro neighborhood. Visit the historic Castro Theatre, with its Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture, and learn about how the district got its name. 

Walk on to visit several historical sites related to Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist and famous San Francisco resident. See his home, his photo shop and the campaign headquarters for his political activities.

See the Pink Triangle Memorial Park, the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the AIDS Quilt Names Project, and the Human Rights Campaign.

This moving, empowering and informative tour will give you authentic insight into San Francisco's history as center for LGBT rights and activism. Public walkways are all wheelchair accessible.

The Castro

Come cruise the Castro on this fun and comprehensive 2-hour tour! Celebrating 30 years of walking with PRIDE, Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tour is San Francisco's premier tour company! Learn about LGBTQ culture, diversity and the lack of civil rights in America. Explore the many historical sights that has shaped a community as well as, a world wide culture. No other tour offers over 20 historical sites that span from the Gold Rush, World War II, civil rights leader, Harvey Milk, the AIDS epidemic, the Rainbow Honor Walk and beyond! Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours is conducted by a long time local resident, historian and community activist. Recognized as a TripAdvisor "Hall of Fame" member since 2011!

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Harvey Milk Plaza

Learn how Harvey Milk arrived and became the 1st openly gay male politician to serve public office in United States and a Civil Rights Activist. Find out how the rainbow flag was created!

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours operate rain or shine
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Operated by Cruisin the Castro Tours

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great historical review of city's LGBTQ+
Gwendolyn_K, Jun 2022
The art work along the outside wall of Harvey Milk Academy for elementary school children was awesome.
David_H, May 2022
Kathy was a very good tour guide. Very knowledgeable and most of what she told us was from experience which made it very personal. We learned lots. Thank you 😊
Wonderful experience
Kurtis_J, Mar 2022
Very knowledgeable and a fantastic experience. I really liked Kathy and thought she was accommodating to my 4 year old.
Best walking tour
blehman, Jan 2022
Kathy is a bona fide member of the community and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Castro and LGBT history. Great political perspective too.
Love the gayborhood
Richard_L, Aug 2021
Kathy was a great guide! Fun to see the neighborhood and learn its history from someone who lives in and loves it.
stephanpeters49, Feb 2020
Very informative, full of history and passion. Great job, Kathy. Lots of Harvey milk memorials......
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic Guide, Fantastic Tour
Austin_J, Jan 2020
The guide was incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining, and enlightening. I learned so much more about the LGBT movement in San Francisco than I knew. I was the only person on the tour and she still held it and took the time to show me all the places of interest and took the time to get to know me as well. Highly recommend.
Passionate host made it memorable
Zoe_B, Oct 2019
Fantastic tour, not too much walking , full of history and great euthusiastic humorous passionate host
Great tour with a great guide!
David_D, Sep 2019
We really enjoyed the Castro tour! Our guide Kathy was very fun, nice and passionate and she provided us a lot of information about the district history and nowadays challenges and struggles of the LGBTQ community. Thank you Kathy!
A surprise
Debb_H, Sep 2019
Kathy was a great tour guide. So much interesting information. A real eye opener. Would recommend this tour.
Informative tour
RoxanneTrahan, Aug 2019
Informative tour that made everyone feel included even myself who was solo on the tour. Would definitely recommend!
Fantastic tour!
Cecilia_F, Jul 2019
We had a wonderful experience. Kathy knew so many interesting things about the neighbourhood, really wprth every penny. Thank you!
History and pride
403sheriw, Jun 2019
Kathy was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information about the history of the Castro as well as gay rights in general.
Fantastic tour
Susan_H, Oct 2018
I highly recommend this tour with thoughtful comments on culture and history. Kathy was a delight and very attentive to all members of the tour.
This tour was very informative and...
Valerie_N, Sep 2018
This tour was very informative and blended interesting trivia with big moments in San Francisco history during the Harvey Milk era and the AIDS epidemic. Our guide touched on important topics with grace. The attendees were diverse, both in geography and age. It included two elementary-school aged kids. There was about 5 minutes where their mother took them away from the group as adult topics were being discussed, but it was a short time and the family seemed to enjoy the entire tour. The tour starts and ends right in the heart of the Castro, which made it very easy for us to find something to do after the tour concluded. My friend and I both really enjoyed this tour!
Colorful Castro
Anu_B, Jul 2018
Interesting, colorful and enjoyable on a sunny day . Great for folks with large hearts and open minds!
enjoyed this tour but expected more...
Liza D, Apr 2018
enjoyed this tour but expected more information on the area and more walking around the streets.
I as the only person on this tour so...
Susan_H, Jan 2018
I as the only person on this tour so it was very special to be able to have such a personal tour. I had this trip cancelled the time before I was in San Francisco so it was doubly a pleasure this time. Definitely learnt so much about the history. A must for me to do the next time I am there
For anyone visiting San Francisco...
Aeron_B, Jan 2018
For anyone visiting San Francisco who is a member of the Rainbow community, has loved ones who are or simply wishes to learn more about the Castro or the gay rights movement, this tour is an absolute must do! Kathy is an extraordinarily warm, knowledgable and attentive tour guide!
Kathy was warm and welcoming mixing...
Maureen E, Jan 2018
Kathy was warm and welcoming mixing a deep understanding of the history of the area and the people with a fun, up to date and very local view. For anyone who is at all interested in civil rights, this trip is for you.


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