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Free Things To Do In San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful, historic and vibrant cities in the United States and it’s not hard to see why millions of people flock to the Californian city every year.

With top things to see and do in the city such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies, San Fran is a city that’s absolutely teeming with fun attractions and activities.

We’ve put together a list of the 10 best free attractions in San Francisco and the top paid attractions in San Francisco to give you plenty of inspiration when planning your trip there!

Free Attractions in San Francisco

Top Rated San Francisco Attractions

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Painted Ladies

What you need to know:

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco are a top historic landmark within the city renowned for their incredibly beautiful architecture.

The Victorian and Edwardian-style houses have been repainted since the 1960s in three or more vibrant colours that embellish their intrinsic details.

While you can’t actually go inside the houses as they’re peoples’ homes, you can...

Alcatraz and Walking Craft Beer Combo Tour

clock Duration: 9 hours
  • Get an amazing opportunity of visiting the famous Alcatraz, an island located in the San Francisco Bay.
  • Along with this, get a chance to taste the unique flavours of some of San Francisco's delicious craft brews.
  • It will take you about 9-hours to explore Alcatraz in detail.
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Golden Gate Bridge

What you need to know:

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most famous attraction in San Francisco and is definitely something you’ll want to see while you’re in the city.

There are numerous ways to venture across the Golden Gate Bridge; you can cycle on a guided bike tour, take a boat tour underneath the bridge or even a bus tour.

However, arguably the best way to see and experience the...

Skip the Line: Street Soccer USA Cup Series Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 3 hou
  • It is a 4 v 4 tournament with fast paced and high scoring games. The tournaments consists of great football players and celebrities from different fields.
  • It is a tour event that features Corporate and Open Cup division in Union Square on pop-up stadium fields with proceeds supporting Street Soccer USA's year around programs.
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Lombard Street

What you need to know:

Lombard Street is the most famous street in San Francisco and it’s also one of the most famous roads in the whole of the U.S.!

The street is full of winding twists and turns and it’s almost like a helter-skelter rollercoaster, the way it twists and bends around!

You can drive down Lombard Street and experience for yourself just how winding it is, or if you don’t...

San Francisco CityPASS

clock Duration: 30 days
  • Avail of the 60% discount to must see attractions within San Francisco downtown.
  • You will get to see the beauty of San Francisco Zoo & Garden, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and California's Great America.
  • This city pass comes with a complementary guide book to assist you on your tour within the area.
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Giants AT&T Park from the promenade

What you need to know:

The Giants AT&T Park is known for being a baseball stadium that offers lovely views of the bayfront during the baseball season.

However, not only is it notoriously hard to get tickets to a baseball game here, it can also be pretty expensive.

You don’t have to miss out on all the fun however, as you can still see some baseball highlights from the archway along the...

PIER 39 Attraction Pass

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  • An all-in-one Pier 39 attraction pass that includes an hour cruise to San Francisco Bay and free entrance to Aquarium of the Bay, The Flyer, 7D experience, and more.
  • You are entitled to a ticket on the San Francisco Hop-on and Hop-off tour with 24 hours validity.
  • This tour pass gives your additional discount coupons to
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Pier 39

What you need to know:

If you’re visiting San Francisco with the whole family, then a visit to Pier 39 is an absolute must-do free attraction.

Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 is home to plenty of fun-filled, family-friendly activities.

One of the very best free things to see and do at Pier 39 is to watch the sealions that frequent the pier.

This is such a cool way to see and...

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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  • Come be a part of a two day trip package that lets you not only explore Alcatraz but also explore San Francisco on a bike
  • Hop on a ferry to make a round trip from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and then come back at the end of the day
  • Also receive an audio-guided tour of the Prison
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Golden Gate Park

What you need to know:

For another great family-friendly free attraction in San Francisco, make sure you carve out some time in your travel itinerary to pay a visit to the Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Park is located just a couple of blocks south of the Bridge and it’s a place in the city where you could easily spend a few hours enjoying everything it has to offer.

There’s the San Francisco...

Go San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions and Tours

clock Duration: 1 to 5 day
  • This is a pass you will definitely not want to miss out on.
  • Make use of the pass and visit the various iconic places in the city with no time limit to be specific.
  • This trip allows you to visit the Golden Gate bridge and take photographs while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
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City Hall

What you need to know:

City Hall in San Francisco is renowned for its Beaux-Arts monument which is the mightily impressive dome that sits atop the building.

San Francisco City Hall houses the government of the city, as well as the county of San Francisco and is a place of true importance within the city.

You can enjoy wandering around inside City Hall, in the places where tourists and guests are...

Go San Francisco Explorer Pass

clock Duration: 60 days
  • It is an amazing tour pass with money saving activities valid for 30 days with 4 attractions to choose from ranging from Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise and The Walt Disney Family Museum.
  • The easy-to-use pass allows those on tour to taste the beauty of California in an affordable one time ticket.
  • Pick up depends on the attractions
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Cable Car Museum

What you need to know:

This free attraction in San Francisco is definitely something you’ll want to add to your list of things to see and do in the city.

Located in the Nob Hill neighbourhood of San Francisco, the Cable Car Museum is a free museum that explains in great detail about the history of San Francisco’s cable cars.

While it might not sound overly appealing to some people, the Cable...

San Francisco Zoo General Admission

clock Duration: 6 hours
  • Grab this exciting chance to visit the zoo which houses some exotic animals and birds.
  • It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to enjoy a day among the various animals that are present in the zoo and also enjoy the exhibits.
  • You may also treat your eyes to some of the most beautiful locations of the city while you go
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Fort Point

What you need to know:

If you’re looking for somewhere in San Francisco to enjoy an alternative and still incredible vantage viewpoint of the Golden Gate Bridge, then you need to head to Fort Point.

Fort Point was originally built in 1861 to defend the city from Confederate attacks that never actually came!

The spot has also been made famous in more recent years in the film ‘Vertigo’...

San Francisco iVenture Card - Flexi 5

clock Duration: 2 days
  • A flexible trip for those who do not have enough time on their hands to take at their convenience.
  • A pass through Melbourne's city and its surrounding area spreads over a 3 month period for those who desire at a 50% discount.
  • The free hand guide, is just right, you will enjoy the beauty of the Melbourne Zoo, Healsville
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Clarion Alley street art

What you need to know:

Fans of unusual and “out there” artistry are sure to enjoy a walk down Clarion Alley.

The narrow alleyway is famed for featuring a smattering of brightly colourful wall murals that have been created by local and budding artists.

There are numerous paintings and portraits to be seen down Clarion Alley, many of which have strong political themes.

This free...

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

clock Duration: 30 days
  • This is an amazing full day sightseeing flex pass allowing you to choose for yourself the sights to visit from the 5 available options.
  • It is a move covering over 30 destinations including some of Sans Francisco's popular world destinations namely Madame Tussauds, Oracle Park, and Aquarium of the Bay.
  • A memorable opportunity
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in San Francisco

There are many things you can do for free in San Francisco like booking free entry into some San Francisco museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.