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Top Attractions In San Francisco For Free

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


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 Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • Get an opportunity to visit Alcatraz Island and to go on a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars.
  • Know the unforgettable history of San Francisco by an English-speaking professional guide.
  • Visit The Rock " and also San...
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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...

San Francisco All-Day Electric Bike Rental

clock Duration: 1 to 24 hour
  • Love cycling? Want to take a ride along the city lines of San Francisco on a bike?
  • Spend a day in the city and take a tour through the best locations this city offers and enjoy the beautiful and safe roadways and neighbourhoods through...
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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...

California Sunset Guided Bike Tour

clock Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Be a part of an experience that not only unique, but is adventurous at the same time
  • Relive the rich history that makes it so relevant
  • You have the option of clicking some beautiful and memorable pictures at the Golden Gate,...
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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...

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

clock Duration: 4 to 7 hours
  • 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...
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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...

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

clock Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Want to try something new? Well we have a trip just for you
  • Hop on two wheels and explore iconic locations and picturesque attractions, while following an expert guide
  • From the North Beach to the Mission and Castro District,...
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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...

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

clock Duration: 6 hours
  • A bike trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, followed by shuttle trip to Muir Woods
  • The activity lets you visit some of the most iconic locations that are famous in the city
  • You will even be provided with shuttle service from Muir...
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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...

San Francisco Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Visit the urban jungle of San Francisco on this 3-hour urban hike.
  • Trek up Tank Hill and Kite Hill, and you will get a panoramic view the beautiful city.
  • Also visit Twin Peak to click insta-worthy pictures.
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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...

Muir Woods and Sausalito Experience

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • Feel the naturally soothing and fascinating views of the iconic landmark of Muir Woods National Historic Monument.
  • Experience a beautiful day in the lap of nature.
  • Also, see some of the famous attractions in this day tour from...
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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’...

Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • Think about the fascinating, dramatic and serene coastline of California.
  • In this unconventional trip to Carmel and Monterey, admire the mesmerizing cliffside and ocean views.
  • You can also upgrade to enjoy the visit to Monterey...
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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...

Big Bus Muir Woods Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • Tired of all the chaos of urban life and looking for a rescue in the lap of nature?
  • Then this amazing round trip tour from San Francisco to Muir Woods is perfect for you.
  • Relax with beautiful site-seeing during your convinient...
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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.