Free SF Tour

10am Every Day


Ready to experience the real story of San Francisco city today? Join our free, daily guided walking tours. Find our yellow Wild SF flag at Powell & Market St (near the cable car turnaround)!


Inspired by the free tours of Europe, this is a city overview, really fun walking tour, meet-up and trip planning, all in one! The tour starts at Powell and Market (right where the cable car line ends), and ends at the Transamerica Pyramid.

We’ll visit Chinatown, Downtown, Union Square and the Financial District, and give plenty of ideas of other spots to visit while you’re in San Francisco.

Book now to guarantee yourself a spot!

When? Every day at 10 AM
Where? Powell and Market (at the cable cars)

Look for our yellow Wild SF flag!

What We See:

Opening

More than a city tour, this is a chance to get to know the real San Francisco with a guide who’s like a local friend. Starting from the cable car stop on Market Street, we’ll head up Powell Street, learning about those who have inhabited this land, from the indigenous Native Americans to Spanish colonizers, Mexican rule, and finally the Gold Rush settlers who helped turn this into “America.”

Union Square

In Union Square, hear how this busy shopping district once stood against slavery and helped win the Civil War, and see the monument whose model coined the term “sugar daddy.” Down Maiden Lane, visit San Francisco’s former Red Light District and hear about early women’s history in Gold Rush-era San Francisco, and how women-owned brothels were a respectable source of employment for single women.

Visit Lotta’s Fountain on Market Street, one of the most significant sites following the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, where famed opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini gave an inspiring performance that marked the triumphant rebirth of San Francisco.

We’ll stop to talk about one of the city’s most important and sensitive topics today, which is homelessness. We are one of the only tour companies in town who take time to address to this nuanced issue, sharing statistics and policy initiatives that illuminate causes of chronic houselessness, what the city is doing, and how we can best help.

Chinatown

Next is Chinatown, where we travel down the neighborhood’s principle street, Grant Avenue. You’ll be transported to a district seemingly out of time and place. See the neighborhood’s defining architecture, a thoroughly inauthentic Chinese style that was fabricated by quick-thinking community leaders as a response to the city’s racist plans to relocate Chinatown after the Great Earthquake.

See Portsmouth Square, known today as “Chinatown’s living room,” where elderly residents gather for card games, music and community.

Transamerica Pyramid

Finally, we’ll end underneath the Transamerica Pyramid, which was built atop old buried ships, redwoods and mud pushed in after the Gold Rush. This iconic skyscraper was initially hated by residents (sort of like the Eiffel Tower was), prompting protests and anti-development legislation. It’s aged well, and is now our beloved high-rise that sits at the foot of North Beach, our Little Italy.

Designed with backpackers and solo travelers in mind, we promise you’ll make new friends and see some of our favorite secret spots in of San Francisco.

Free SF Tour

Why Wild SF Tours?

In 2012, our founders Wes and J. Jo were backpacking in Europe and Mexico. They got bored of tours that were just dry history lessons, and came back to San Francisco determined to start the city’s first alternative free tour company (like the ones in Europe, and now across the world!). They did, and it became an overnight success, eventually peaking as the #1 attraction in San Francisco on TripAdvisor. That was a stressful time.

Today, every tour guide at Wild SF Tours is an artist and creative: we’re all young musicians, filmmakers, actors, drag queens, stand-up comics and costumers who are chasing our dreams.

On our tours, we talk about architecture, underground history, heroes and villains, city development, plus forgotten pioneers, groundbreaking policies, and practical advice like how to use public transit and ride the cable cars, where to find cool bars and cheap restaurants, and so much more.

How does a free tour work?

This model was pioneered by Sandeman’s New Europe tours. (If you haven’t taken their tours, do it! They’re in most major European cities now.) The idea is that everyone deserves to see San Francisco, and to have an amazing experience learning why we love this place so much.

So, the tour is “pay-what-you-wish,” and you just tip your guide whatever the tour was worth to you.

If you didn’t like the tour at all, you can walk away!

Buuuuuut, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a great time, make new friends, connect with your guide, and fall in love with San Francisco too 😉

Book Now


Free SF Tour Highlights
  • Union Square’s Gold Rush history
  • Presidential assassins
  • Architecture and city development
  • The “real” Chinatown
  • How to ride Cable Cars and public transit
  • Life in San Francisco today
  • Homelessness in SF and current policy initiatives
  • Tips for cheap food and beer
  • Hidden rooftop gardens
  • Lotta’s Fountain
  • The Great Earthquake of 1906
  • Homelessness in SF
  • Downtown, Chinatown, Financial District and Union Square
  • …and much more!


Your Guides

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SF’s Best Haunted Walking Tour

Haunted SF is our 1.5 hour ghost walk through Chinatown and the Jackson Square historic district. This tour is rated PG-13 for some talk of violence, gore and the macabre. Children are welcome at your discretion.

Plus, you get access to ghost hunting gear! Every Ghost Hunter ticket includes use of an EMF detector during the tour. The host will carry other modern ghost hunting tools, which will be used throughout the tour.

Our 5 Star Rated walking tour is a macabre and murderous tour through the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Not “just a ghost tour,” this night tour includes tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, the old red light district, famed spirits, Chinatown assassins, and much more.

Haunted Ghost Tour Details

  • Tours start between 7:00 – 9:00 pm – This is a night time walking tour. See our schedule to find a time that works for you tonight. Please arrive 10 minutes early to meet your guide.
  • Tour Duration – The tour lasts 1.5 hours. Total walking distance is about 1 mile at a leisurely pace on a flat route. We can accommodate wheelchairs and service animals. Please notify your guide if you’d like special assistance.
  • Professional Guides – You will be led by one of our three professional guides. Our dedicated guides have been conducting haunted walking tours for over 4 years and are rated 5 stars on Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor. Learn more about our guides below.
  • Family Fun – While the tour does have some disturbing details and creepy history, it is considered a family-friendly night activity that’s a ghoulish good time for all.
  • Haunted History – We hope you don’t mind getting the chills. The haunted history lesson you’ll get is a well-researched tour through true crimes and hauntings that took place on the very streets we’ll walk.
  • Haunted Locations – Visit mysterious and ghostly places in San Francisco, where residual ghost impressions are felt, poltergeists heard, and after death after consciousnesses are witnessed.
  • Ghost Sightings – No guarantees, but this tour has been known to stir up spirits and invite apparitions. We’ve had guests report strange sensations, hear shrill sounds, and document unexplainable images in photographs from the tour.

 


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SF’s Best Haunted Walking Tour

Haunted SF is our 1.5 hour ghost walk through Chinatown and the Jackson Square historic district. This tour is rated PG-13 for some talk of violence, gore and the macabre. Children are welcome at your discretion.

Plus, you get access to ghost hunting gear! Every Ghost Hunter ticket includes use of an EMF detector during the tour. The host will carry other modern ghost hunting tools, which will be used throughout the tour.

Our 5 Star Rated walking tour is a macabre and murderous tour through the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Not “just a ghost tour,” this night tour includes tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, the old red light district, famed spirits, Chinatown assassins, and much more.

Haunted Ghost Tour Details

  • Tours start between 7:00 – 9:00 pm – This is a night time walking tour. See our schedule to find a time that works for you tonight. Please arrive 10 minutes early to meet your guide.
  • Tour Duration – The tour lasts 1.5 hours. Total walking distance is about 1 mile at a leisurely pace on a flat route. We can accommodate wheelchairs and service animals. Please notify your guide if you’d like special assistance.
  • Professional Guides – You will be led by one of our three professional guides. Our dedicated guides have been conducting haunted walking tours for over 4 years and are rated 5 stars on Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor. Learn more about our guides below.
  • Family Fun – While the tour does have some disturbing details and creepy history, it is considered a family-friendly night activity that’s a ghoulish good time for all.
  • Haunted History – We hope you don’t mind getting the chills. The haunted history lesson you’ll get is a well-researched tour through true crimes and hauntings that took place on the very streets we’ll walk.
  • Haunted Locations – Visit mysterious and ghostly places in San Francisco, where residual ghost impressions are felt, poltergeists heard, and after death after consciousnesses are witnessed.
  • Ghost Sightings – No guarantees, but this tour has been known to stir up spirits and invite apparitions. We’ve had guests report strange sensations, hear shrill sounds, and document unexplainable images in photographs from the tour.

 

Wes Leslie: Co-Founder + Guide

Wes Leslie is a songwriter, tropical bartender, and almost-local, with a long family history in the Bay. He makes “bedroom soul” music which you can find on Spotify and his website. He has spent time backpacking through much of the world, including a year living in Madrid, Spain, where he dreamt up this walking tour company. Follow him on IG @wes.leslie


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SF’s Best Haunted Walking Tour

Haunted SF is our 1.5 hour ghost walk through Chinatown and the Jackson Square historic district. This tour is rated PG-13 for some talk of violence, gore and the macabre. Children are welcome at your discretion.

Plus, you get access to ghost hunting gear! Every Ghost Hunter ticket includes use of an EMF detector during the tour. The host will carry other modern ghost hunting tools, which will be used throughout the tour.

Our 5 Star Rated walking tour is a macabre and murderous tour through the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Not “just a ghost tour,” this night tour includes tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, the old red light district, famed spirits, Chinatown assassins, and much more.

Haunted Ghost Tour Details

  • Tours start between 7:00 – 9:00 pm – This is a night time walking tour. See our schedule to find a time that works for you tonight. Please arrive 10 minutes early to meet your guide.
  • Tour Duration – The tour lasts 1.5 hours. Total walking distance is about 1 mile at a leisurely pace on a flat route. We can accommodate wheelchairs and service animals. Please notify your guide if you’d like special assistance.
  • Professional Guides – You will be led by one of our three professional guides. Our dedicated guides have been conducting haunted walking tours for over 4 years and are rated 5 stars on Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor. Learn more about our guides below.
  • Family Fun – While the tour does have some disturbing details and creepy history, it is considered a family-friendly night activity that’s a ghoulish good time for all.
  • Haunted History – We hope you don’t mind getting the chills. The haunted history lesson you’ll get is a well-researched tour through true crimes and hauntings that took place on the very streets we’ll walk.
  • Haunted Locations – Visit mysterious and ghostly places in San Francisco, where residual ghost impressions are felt, poltergeists heard, and after death after consciousnesses are witnessed.
  • Ghost Sightings – No guarantees, but this tour has been known to stir up spirits and invite apparitions. We’ve had guests report strange sensations, hear shrill sounds, and document unexplainable images in photographs from the tour.