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The Castro

The Castro

Castro and Market Sts., San Francisco

The Basics

A significant Castro landmark, the GLBT Historical Society offers visitors a robust archive and three galleries. The Castro is also home to Pink Triangle Park, which includes a granite monument honoring members of the LGBTQ community murdered under the Nazis during World War II. The neighborhood boasts cafés, nightclubs, and historic buildings, including the Castro Theatre, which features a Spanish baroque facade.

Because of its great weather and cycling-friendly streets, the Castro is a great neighborhood for renting bikes to get around. Tours usually offer a choice between self-guided and guided tours, with half-day and full-day rates. Bus tours are also available, and some offer the option to add a sailing adventure or ride in a vintage minibus.

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San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
$54.00 per adult
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Unique Experience!
Truly unique way to experience San Francisco. Kevin was amazing and friendly. He is from San Francisco and made us feel very welcome.
Sarah_H, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Your was very informative...
Richard_C, Oct 2021
Castro to the Mission Small-Group Tour in San Francisco
Your was very informative and we covered a solid amount of both areas in the timeslot. Guide (I think his name was Kevin) was very friendly and knowledgeable!
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Fantastic
Virginia_G, Jul 2021
Private City Kickstart Tour:The Castro & Mission District
Met Michael in front of Alamo Square Cafe. We then began our walk-First stop Painted Ladies. We then began our walk around Castro and Mission District. Ended on Clarion Way with the painted murals and ended up at Taqueria for a Burrito. (Delicious) Michael was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Long walk. Wear comfortable shoes.
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San Francisco from above
Lori_J, Jun 2021
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
Breathtaking views and a very knowledgeable, friendly and experienced guide. It is a more challenging hike so some level of fitness would be helpful.
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Great urban hike
Kate_M, Jan 2019
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
Our guide Kevin is a SF native. He cheerfully and confidently led us up and down hills and stairways through many charming residential neighborhoods and parks. Beautiful views of the city, great 3-hour moderate workout, and lots of surprises, even for our son and daughter-in-law who are residents. Starting and ending in Castro was convenient, and great dining and coffee opportunities after the hike. Definitely recommend!
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Fabulous tour
susan_y, Dec 2018
San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks
Had a fantastic tour with Val , he was very Knowledgeable and friendly guy. We would highly recommended this tour .

Things to Know Before You Go

  • To better understand the neighborhood's history, take an LGBTQ-themed walk exploring the Castro's political background.

  • Adventure-seekers should consider helicopter tours to get a bird's-eye view.

  • Photographers will appreciate the Harvey Milk Center—the largest community darkroom in the country.

  • Wear comfortable shoes to enjoy walking around the hilly Castro.

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How to Get There

San Francisco's Castro District is easy to access via the MUNI Metro system’s L, K, or M line. You can also choose the scenic route and take the storied F-Market streetcar. Hop on a historic streetcar at Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, or Civic Center and travel above ground to the Castro. Close proximity to the Mission makes these good neighborhoods to visit together.

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When to Get There

San Francisco is known for year-round pleasant weather, and autumn is often the sunniest season. If you arrive mid-October, you'll avoid peak summer tourism. The Castro is beautiful during the day, so visit early for brunch—for which the neighborhood is famous—or shopping. Restaurants and LGBTQ-friendly bars here are liveliest on weekend evenings. The Castro is particularly raucous around June’s Pride celebration and Halloween.

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Mission Dolores Park

A short walk from the Castro in the Mission District, Mission Dolores Park is beloved among locals, the perfect spot for sipping a locally roasted coffee on a sunny afternoon. Find stunning views of the city from the park's Church Street side, nearest the Castro. Families will enjoy the park’s Helen Diller Playground, packed with slides and swings.

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