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Wild SF Walking Tours

We’re Wild SF. Our San Francisco walking tours are the most affordable, authentic tour experience in town, led by funky, passionate local guide-artists!

Each route is an alternative tour through San Francisco’s history, as seen through a local’s eyes. Working with independent shops, restaurants and institutions, we show travelers how we really live.

Get ready for an awesome day with uproarious tales, in San Francisco’s most legendary neighborhoods. Tours are lively and a great chance to meet travelers and locals. Max group size is 25 people.


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Online reservations are required–upon booking, you will receive an email immediately with where to meet. Email us at booking@wildsftours.com if you do not see this email.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. We limit to parties of 6 or less. For groups 7+, book a private tour:

For private tours, click here.

For other questions,
Email us at booking@wildsftours.com or call 415-580-1849


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The Classic SF Route

$36 $30 Chinatown + Barbary Coast
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Lasts 10:30am-3pm.

For the ultimate introduction to San Francisco, we’ve paired the city’s two most timeless and celebrated neighborhoods, Chinatown and the Barbary Coast (formerly the North Beach tour). You will see how this Gold Rush town rose to greatness, survived the Great Earthquake of 1906 and invited lawless eccentrics and pioneers who would define our city. This tour highlights the best of SF for first-time visitors.

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$18 Part I of Combo (90 minutes)
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Where it all began. Discover tales of revolutionary leaders, the Great Earthquake of 1906, bizarre architecture, fortune cookies and gang battles in a neighborhood often visited by tourists, yet rarely understood.

$18 Part II of Combo (90 minutes)
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(Formerly the North Beach tour) The Gold Rush center of San Francisco was once the lawless land of cutthroats, murderers, swindlers and gamblers. Trace their old steps, and visit where the cable car ran, and the Transamerica Pyramid stands.

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$18 (120 minutes)
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Armed with a mini-guitar, your witty troubadour and historian-guide shares tales of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Hell’s Angels, the Diggers, Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests, the Summer of Love, and the psychedelic substances that rocked a conservative America into a technicolor wonderland.

The Radical SF Route

$36 $30 The Castro + Mission District
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Lasts 10:30am-3pm.

Explore the social movements and hip neighborhoods that shaped San Francisco into the city it is today. You will visit ground zero for Harvey Milk’s gay civil rights movement, see stunning political street art, and understand how feminists, Latinos, artists and activists have fought, and continue to fight, for the soul of SF. This tour is great for new locals and those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.

$18 Part I of Combo (90 minutes)
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In 1970's San Francisco, America listened as gay rights activists demanded equality. Learn about how the Castro became America's first "gayborhood," a colorful and magical place for all who identify as LGBTQQIAAPT (don't worry, we'll explain).

$18 Part II of Combo (120 minutes)
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The coolest neighborhood in town is a cultural battlefield--a do-it-yourself story with independent stores, unwavering murals, innovative restaurants, Latino heritage and the oldest history in the Bay.


$14 (60 minutes)
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See downtown like never before, through after-dark tales of Gold Rush swindlers, ruthless villains, Hollywood murders, the old red light district, famous assassins and more. Meets near Union Square at sunset and heads into the Financial District.

Not recommended for very young children. Ends near a bar to continue the evening!


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faq

WILL YOU BE OFFERING TOURS ON ___? I DON'T SEE IT ON THE WEBSITE.

We offer tours year-round, rain or shine. Booking opens up about 4 weeks out, so if your date isn't offered yet, please be patient and check back.

WHERE DOES THE TOUR START AND END?

The meeting point location will be sent to you via email once you book the tour online.

Chinatown ends at Portsmouth Square. the Barbary Coast ends at Pacific St and Columbus Ave. The Castro ends at Castro and 18th St. The Mission ends at the old Mission, Dolores and 16th St. The Haight ends at Haight and Shrader.

DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?

Sorry, we do not offer refunds. If you need to change your reservation, please email us at least 24 hours before the tour, and we will try to reschedule you to another tour, if available.

CAN I PAY WITH CASH ON THE TOUR?

No, bookings must be made online beforehand, so that you receive the confirmation email with important info about the tour. Except for tips/gratuities, our tour guides do not accept cash.

WHAT SETS YOUR TOUR APART FROM OTHER WALKING TOURS?

Wild SF shares the rich history of San Francisco in an unconventional way--our guides are the most entertaining historians you've ever met, and our tours balance stories of history and social justice with fun songs, games, and getting to know your fellow travelers.

HOW LONG IS THE WALKING TOUR?

The combo tours run from 10:30a-3p, which includes two neighborhood tours and a cafe/lunch break in between. Individual neighborhood tours are 1.5 hours except the Mission and Haight tours, which are 2 hours.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Well, you might get wet. (We do tours rain or shine--if you're ready to walk, we're ready to take you!)

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

We suggest a camera, cash to tip your guide, and a light jacket. But mostly, bring a great attitude and be ready to have an awesome time!

WHERE SHOULD I GO AFTER THE TOUR?

After the walking tour, we like to grab food or a coffee with everyone at one of our favorite local, affordable spots in the neighborhood. Sit down and join us, continue the great conversations, and get ideas for where to head next!

IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR THE WALKING TOUR?

No, although the Castro tour does directly address issues of human sexuality, which some may find inappropriate for young children. The tours are not very physically strenuous, and have frequent stops throughout. Our 70+ year old grandfathers have been on the tours!

CAN I DO MULTIPLE TOURS IN ONE DAY?

Yes! Chinatown and the Barbary Coast go together, and the Castro and Mission pair together (with time in between tours to grab some food).

HOW BIG CAN MY GROUP BE?

For groups of 7 or more, please do not book for our regular tours, but set up a private tour with us, to ensure our group size remains manageable and personal.

CAN WE BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR FOR OUR GROUP?

Sure thing–send us an email at booking@wildsftours.com to discuss rates and routes!

WHO STARTED WILD SF, AND WHO ARE THE GUIDES?

Wild SF was created by best friends Wes and J. Jo, who met in San Francisco and quickly discovered many shared interests. After years spent traveling, making music, storytelling, dressing well and making people laugh, the two decided to bring all their passions together and launch Wild SF Walking Tours, which now boasts six entertaining tour guides (Wes, J. Jo, Fischer, Captain, Guppy and Ducky) on an ever-growing number of unforgettable routes.

Their mission is to create the most colorful community-building enterprise in the world. To open minds, foster friendship, and nurture local culture during an unforgettable experience that empowers others, shares fascinating history, and never simplifies the complex and vibrant spirit of the City.

Wild Wes

Wild Wes

Wes, co-founder of Wild SF, is a third-generation San Francisco Bay native. He has spent time traveling, backpacking and/or hitchhiking through the US, Europe, Israel and Mexico, and spent a year living in Madrid, Spain. Before Wild SF, he did marketing for the city’s greatest craft brewery, and learned a whole lot about beer. When not touring, Wes writes stories and makes music as Wes Leslie, and is at work on an ambitious concept album about San Francisco’s Market Street. Other passions include researching SF history, clever puns, and seeking out the world’s most delicious falafel.
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J. Jo

J. Jo, co-founder of Wild SF, is a musician, thinker and astronomer whose passion is playing soulful jazz and funk guitar. He lived in Phoenix and San Diego before moving to San Francisco, and spent a year living in Querétaro, Mexico while studying astrophysics. The key to J. Jo’s heart is through pho, that tasty Vietnamese noodle soup. His goals in life, from musician to tour guide, are all rooted in the cultivation of truth and joy. On his tours, J. Jo is often noted as relaxed and humble with a knack for opening eyes to new perspectives. His music can be found online here and here.
Fischer

Fischer

Fischer splits his time tour guiding and pursuing his film career. A writer and director, his craft has taken him to Cannes Film Festival to premiere one of his short films. He’s finishing his studies in film and cinematography at SF State, where he runs their award-winning improv comedy troupe, Improv Nation. When not directing, Fischer is a photographer and self-professed foodie, obsessed with Anthony Bourdain. Armed with a sharp wit and a bag of knee-slapping jokes, Fischer leads Wild SF guests on epic journeys through the classic tales of Chinatown, the Barbary Coast and the Gold Rush.
Ducky

Ducky

Ducky is a global community-builder, with a worldwide network of friends from her time spent living in St. Louis, Texas, South Africa, Thailand, the Netherlands, Swaziland, and finally San Francisco. Social justice and community activism are dear to her heart, and she’s proud to lead titillating and passionate tours through the Castro District. You can also find her running the ship at the infamous Pacific Tradewinds Hostel, surfing in freezing Bay Area waters, practicing yoga at Grace Cathedral, and getting funky at local dance classes. Many wonder, “Where does she get all her energy?” The world may never know.
Guppy

Guppy

So nicknamed for her short stature in high school, Guppy grew up to become a stage actor, earning her Bachelor’s in Drama at SF State. When not leading inspiring tours through the Mission District, she is dipping her fingers into many proverbial pies. She can be found writing and performing for theatre, training in circus acrobatics, dancing in styles ranging from blues and hip hop to modern, and releasing music as Genovieve. She aspires to travel the world, learn its languages, and share the joys of theatre and art with all of her encounters along the way.
Captain

Captain

Captain, a Bay Area native, is a true Renaissance gentleman. Since completing studies in both History and Drama (perhaps the greatest possible combination for a tour guide), he’s become sought after as a professional fight choreographer for film and the stage--ask him to teach you how to fake-slap someone. When not leading the brave through the wild waters of San Francisco, he plays the accordion, writes Shakespearean sonnets, enjoys the Argentine empanada, and polishes his bloodstained swords. While he may seem larger than life at times, Captain simply hopes to pursue his theatrical career and bring smiles to all those he meets.

WHO DESIGNED THIS BEAUTIFUL WEBSITE?

Webdesign and code by Daniel Reiser. SF skyline by Courtney Riddle, Wild SF logos by Caroline Selmes and Morgan Winter, Classic SF promo song by Hot Flash Heat Wave, Radical SF promo song by French Cassettes.

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