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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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San Francisco, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

400 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

Departure Time

10:00 AM
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store
Harvey Milk's original camera shop, campaign headquarters and resident. It is now the home of the Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store. Learn how LGBTQ people do not have equal rights in employment, housing and public accommodations today.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "For anyone who is at all interested in civil rights, this trip is for you." See review

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Awesome
stephanpeters49
, Feb 2020
Very informative, full of history and passion. Great job, Kathy. Lots of Harvey milk memorials......
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Fantastic Guide, Fantastic Tour
austinjjohnston
, 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.
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Passionate host made it memorable
zoeboylan
, Oct 2019
Fantastic tour, not too much walking , full of history and great euthusiastic humorous passionate host
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Great tour with a great guide!
Sightseer794036
, 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!
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A surprise
Relax559297
, Sep 2019
Kathy was a great tour guide. So much interesting information. A real eye opener. Would recommend this tour.
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Informative tour
RoxanneTrahan
, Aug 2019
Informative tour that made everyone feel included even myself who was solo on the tour. Would definitely recommend!
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Fantastic tour!
Cecilie1983
, Jul 2019
We had a wonderful experience. Kathy knew so many interesting things about the neighbourhood, really wprth every penny. Thank you!
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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.
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Fantastic tour
shupp
, 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.
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This tour was very informative and...
valeriedvo
, 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!
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