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Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts

  • Explore the social movements that shaped San Francisco into a revolutionary city
  • Visit the Castro and Mission districts, home to artists and activists fighting to preserve local culture
  • Avoid typical “tourist trap” locations in favor of the city’s most culture-rich neighborhoods
Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts
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Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts
US$ 24.00
Wander through the heart of San Francisco on this 3 hour walking tour of the Castro and Mission neighborhoods. Starting in the Castro, a local guide will lead you through such historic places as Harvey Milk Plaza and the nation’s first LGBT museum. After stopping for lunch you’ll continue on to ever-popular Dolores Park, 18th Street’s food corridor and the Mission’s famous street art. Throughout the tour you’ll see the underground and counter-cultural forces that have shaped San Francisco’s history and continue to impact it today. What better way to get to know the city than by walking through it, all with the help of a local, informative guide?
What to Expect
The tour begins under the big Rainbow Flag in the Castro, known today as Harvey Milk Plaza. With a funky, dapper tour guide, you'll venture past the Castro Theatre, our Art Deco masterpiece and home to sing-a-long screenings, and the historic gay bar Twin Peaks. On 18th Street, pass the rainbow crosswalks to hear about current organizations helping keep the LGBT community safe, and hear how Harvey Milk and friends  started a gay rights revolution. Around the corner was Harvey's home and campaign headquarters leading up to the historic 1978 election.

The group next heads to Dolores Park in the Mission District, home to hipsters, families, athletes and dogs. We'll get a sweeping view of the city and learn how the Mission spearheaded a DIY movement that shaped the city. Down the hill we stop at the historic Mission High School, famed for alumni including Carlos Santana and Maya Angelou. On 18th Street we'll see award-winning restaurants, grocers and ice cream shops that define our foodie culture. Further down is the Women's Building, home to a "four story tall standing ovation to women's liberation," a powerful and colorful mural. More street art awaits on the alleys off Valencia Street, then we head past the independent shop corridor of 16th Street and end on quaint Albion Alley, site of the first Spanish Mission church in San Francisco.

There is a cafe break about halfway through the tour.

What we see:
  • Harvey Milk Plaza, the Castro’s protest grounds
  • Castro’s most historic and popular bars and nightlife
  • GLBT Museum, 1st stand-alone queer museum
  • Castro Theatre, Art Deco masterpiece
  • Harvey Milk’s camera store & apartment
  • The Human Rights Campaign Store
  • Pink Triangle Holocaust Memorial
  • Sweeping downtown view from Dolores Park
  • Mission High School, alma mater of Santana and Maya Angelou
  • Gourmet foodie corridor of 18th Street
  • Massive murals of the Women’s Building and alleyways
  • Sites of former lesbian institutions
Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 22 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2018
Our Second Wild SF Walking Tour Was as Good as Our First

We did the Haight/Summer of Love Tour last year and really enjoyed it so decided to try another walking tour with Wild SF Walking Tours and we were not disappointed. Mazz was a terrific guide and we learned so much about the various social justice...More

Thank convoyhelm
Info W, Guest Relations Manager at Wild SF Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

We’re so glad you decided to join us for another tour! We think Mazz is terrific too, and we’re very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your tour. We hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 14 August 2018
A great way to learn about San Francisco's radical past - informative and entertaining!

We went on Maz's Radical Walk covering Castro and Mission Districts. Maz is highly entertaining and tells a good story. The walk was 3 hours long but the time flew as he kept us engaged while we learnt so much about the history of activism...More

Thank Shezan A
Wes L, Guest Relations Manager at Wild SF Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

We're so happy to hear about your experience, we'll be sure to pass along your sweet comments to Maz. We hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Informative and fun

Took this walking tour on 9th July. Maz was our guide and he was very knowledgeable about the Castro and Mission districts.Coming from Manchester UK we are very aware of the Gay community as we have our own Gay village. We still learned alot about...More

Thank grahamdures
Info W, Guest Relations Manager at Wild SF Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

So glad you had a great time on the tour; it sounds like you learned a lot and had fun - thats the goal! Thanks for the sweet review.

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Passionate and radical!

If you're interested in immersing yourself in San Francisco the way the locals do, this is the tour for you! And for the skeptics, this isn't your run-of-the-mill walking tour experience. It's colorful storytelling centered on revealing people's history, tied together with cheesy jokes and...More

Thank abrilrivera24
Info W, Guest Relations Manager at Wild SF Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Thanks for such a thoughtful review! We agree- Maz and the Radical Tour are both awesome. So glad you could share this unique and authentic version of the city with your friend!

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Engaging and Passionate!

The tour was super- Maz carried us along with his passion for social justice and passion for the city. Well researched social history connecting with contemporary issues, presented in an engaging and charming way - a rich way to know a bit of the many...More

Thank Amrita C
Info W, Guest Relations Manager at Wild SF Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Thanks so much for the recommendation Amrita! So glad you learned a lot and had an enjoyable time!

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