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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

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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...

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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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...

Exploratorium General Admission Ticket

clock Duration: 2 to 5 hou
  • Travel a day in San Fransisco and witness the beautiful artefacts in the best museum of the region.
  • Join us on this trip which gives the travellers a lifetime experience.
  • Gather a fascinating view of the various exhibits that are present in the Exploratorium and also get to witness the city locations while you are going to
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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...

Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Do you love to see various sea animals and plants? If you are interested then hop on this trip that gives you the opportunity to make a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay
  • The aquarium gives access to see more than 20000 animals.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to roam around one of the best aquarium centres in the city.
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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 with San Francisco Bay Cruise

clock Duration: 2 to 4 hou
  • You will explore INSIDE the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island with America’s most ruthless criminals, including Al Capone.

    The ferry will leave on time at the specific time you booked. You have to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time at Pier 33. Walk, bike, take public transportation, or drive (as a last...read more

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...

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

clock Duration: 7 to 8 hou
  • Experience this unforgettable fully guided combo tour of both San Francisco and Alcatraz. Begin your day seeing the neighborhoods of Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown and Nob Hill.
    Stretch your legs during stops at the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate
    Bridge, and Land’s End.
    The highlight of the afternoon includes a tour of infamous Alcatraz...read more

Exploratorium Admission Ticket - After Dark Thursday Evenings (ages 18+)

clock Duration: 2 to 3 hou
  • Things Look Different After Dark. See for Yourself. Thursdays After Dark.

    6-10pm every Thursday night at the Exploratorium. Adults-only (18+).

    Lose yourself in more than 600 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art and science. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in everything from a fog bridge, to a large-scale...read more

Alcatraz Inside: The Bay Your Way! Make your own combo!

clock Duration: 5 hours
  • See the bay your way when you make your own Alcatraz combo.

    Start your day by choosing one adventure from our preselected Fisherman's Wharf activity. Certain days have access to attractions such as zoos, museums, aquariums, transportation tours, and family fun adventures.

    End your day with a visit to Alcatraz Island. Go inside the...read more

The Walt Disney Family Museum Admission Ticket in San Francisco

clock Duration: 2 to 3 hou
  • Take a wondrous journey into the life and legacy of animation legend Walt Disney at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio. Learn about Walt's life through exhibits narrated in his own voice, more than 200 video screens, and numerous early drawings, cartoons and films. Don't miss the stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and...read more

Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • This is a magical sail boat tour that will take you to witness Marin Headlands, Sausalito and Alcatraz Island
  • Have the complimentary drinks during your amazing ride
  • Get a glimpse of the varied ocean wildlife in the waters and the historic ships
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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Hop on to a catamaran and see most of the iconic sites of San Francisco
  • This cruise takes you away from the city to give you a good look at it from a different angle
  • A flexible tour that allows you to choose among the various departure times available
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Imbibe the beautiful sunset views with this San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise
  • Sip on your drinks on this relaxing journey
  • Get some amazing views of the iconic sites of San Francisco from the cruise
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San Francisco Premier Dinner Dance Cruise

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • Hop on to this cruise with all the facilities required and roam in the waters of the city of San Fransisco while you help yourself be treated to some beautiful music played by a band over a glass of wine.
  • The beautiful locations of the city will simply amaze you with their lit-up areas.
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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.

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