AT&T PARK TOUR— Home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park offers a grand slam attraction for its fans when the dugout is empty. Walk through the places only the players and coaches go, including the Giants’ dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse and the field. www.attpark.com. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2400. Map 1, F8
AVITAL TOURS— Visit some of the city’s best eateries and bars and take in the sights along the way as your guide shares engaging historical anecdotes. Stops on the Mission District tour include Bi-Rite Creamery and Hog & Rocks, the city’s first ham and oyster bar. On the Union Square cocktail tour, you’ll take a jaunt through former speakeasy territory and find out why San Francisco is now considered one of the top cocktail destinations in the world. At each stop you’ll spend time with a chef, bartender or owner tasting, chatting and maybe even baking. www.avitaltours.com. 415.355.4044.
BARBARY COAST TRAIL SELF- GUIDED WALKING
TOUR— The Barbary Coast Trail is a 3.8-mile walk through the heart of historic San Francisco, marked by bronze medallions and arrows set in the sidewalk that lead to 20 of the city’s most important historic sites. www.sfhistory.org. 5th and Mission streets, 415.775.1111. Map 1, D7
BIG BUS TOURS— Take a tour through San Francisco aboard an open-top bus and learn about its rich history and culture, hopping on and off at any of the 20 stops located throughout the city. Choose between a 24 or 48-hour ticket and live tour guides or recorded commentary in 10 languages. www. bigbustours.com. 99 Jefferson St., 855.854.8687.
CITY KAYAK— Docked near AT&T Park, this company offers all the gear you need for a day on the bay, regardless of your ability level. You can even paddle to McCovey Cove behind the park and try to catch a home-run ball. Guided tours available. www. citykayak.com. South Beach Harbor, Embarcadero at Townsend St., 415.357.1010. Map 1, G7
CITY SIGHTSEEING— The tours on these open-top, vintage double-decker buses feature live guides. The downtown loop is hop-on, hop-off, and tickets are valid for 48 hours. www.city-sightseeing.us. 2800 Leavenworth St., 415.440.8687. Map 1, B2
EDIBLE EXCURSIONS— Epicurean concierge Lisa Rogovin offers intimate culinary excursions in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland for foodies looking to get a behind-the-scenes taste of the Bay Area’s remarkable food culture with a local expert. Tours explore the Mission District, Japantown, the “Gourmet Ghetto” of North Berkeley, the Ferry Building Marketplace and Farmers Market, the craft cocktail scene and Uptown Oakland. www. edibleexcursions.net. 415.806.5970.
ELECTRIC TOUR COMPANY - SEGWAY TOURS— Sign up for fully guided Segway tours of Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and Little Italy. Experienced Segway riders can try the Advanced Hills & Crookedest Street tour. Participants must be 12 years of age or older and weigh 100-250 pounds. www.electrictourcompany.com. 757 Beach St. Map 1, C1; Golden Gate Park office located behind the stage in Music Concourse near Japanese Tea Garden, 415.474.3130. Map 2, E5
GOURMET WALKS— Take a stroll in a burgeoning foodie neighborhood and discover the city’s best food, chocolate and wine. The signature Chocolate Tour satiates sweet tooths with a delicious education on fine chocolate and samples from gourmet chocolate boutiques. The Hayes Valley tour explore the origins of California cuisine while sampling everything from gourmet tea at Samovar and Parisian macarons from Chantal Guillon to an artisan exotic cocktail from Smugglers Cove. www. gourmetwalks.com. 415.312.1119.
HOBNOB TOURS— Hear tales of high society, adultery and murder on the Nob Hill tour while seeing mansions, fountains, ballrooms and Grace Cathedral. The Financial District tour is full of architectural icons, sculptures and plaques, including the dazzling Julia Morgan ballroom and the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court. The Chinatown, Theater District and Union Square walk mixes feng shui, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and Philippe Starck design. 10 am and 1:30 pm daily. $30. Reservations required. www.hobnobtours.com. 650.814.6303.
MISSION MURAL WALKS— The Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, a multipurpose, community-based arts organization that has played an integral role in the city’s cultural heritage and arts education, organizes a variety of artist-led cultural and historical walking tours. Explore more than 80 gorgeous murals and the stories behind them in an eight-block walk. www.precitaeyes.org. 2981 24th St., 415.285.2287. Map 2, J7 SAN FRANCISCO ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR— Knowledgeable and friendly guide Rick Evans leads a two-hour tour of San Francisco’s most famous downtown buildings, unique open spaces and historic landmarks. Tours leave daily at 11 am from the lobby of the Galleria Park Hotel. Reservations required. www.architecturesf.com. 191 Sutter St., 415.264.8824. Map 1, D5
SAN FRANCISCO CITY GUIDES— Volunteers from the San Francisco Public Library lead dozens of free neighborhood tours. There’s a tour for just about every interest or passion, including Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco; various 1906 retrospectives about the earthquake and fires that leveled the city a century ago; and a Golden Gate Bridge walk, to name just a few. www.sfcityguides.org. 415.557.4266. Map 1, D6
SAN FRANCISCO HELICOPTER TOURS— These narrated tours offer bird’s-eye views of the city and popular attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island and more. Tours range from 20-minute flights over the city to halfday excursions to wine country, as well as dinner flights and Sausalito lunch flights. Complimentary shuttles pick up passengers from Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Nob Hill. Flights depart from the executive terminal at SFO and Sausalito. Reservations required. www.sfhelicopters.com. 800.400.2404.
SAN FRANCISCO MOVIE TOURS— Watch clips from dozens of movies shot in San Francisco as you pass the actual film locations on this engaging two-hour bus tour of the city. You’ll see the house from “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the spot where Jimmy Stewart pulled Kim Novak from the water in “Vertigo” and much more. Departs from Pier 43 1/2. www.sanfranciscomovietours.com. 415.624.4949. Map 1, C1
SAN FRANCISCO WHALE TOURS— Journey to the Farallon Islands, where grey and humpback whales migrate through the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, aboard the “Kitty Kat” catamaran. Experts narrate the 5-hour daily cruises. If no whales are spotted, the next trip is on the company. Slightly longer natural history excursions are also available, along with two-hour sunset eco-tours of the San Francisco Bay that feature seals, dolphins, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Advance purchase required online or by phone. www. sanfranciscowhaletours.com. Depart from Pier 39, Dock B, 212.209.3370. Map 1, C2
SEAPLANE ADVENTURES— Get a bird’s-eye view of the city and the bay on this flying tour, which takes passengers soaring above the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Pacific coastline. Sunset Champagne flights are available. Daily departures on the hour from Sausalito, four miles north of the city. Reservations recommended. www.seaplane.com. 242 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley, 415.332.4843.
STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO BIKING TOURS— If you’re reasonably fit, perhaps the most exhilarating way to explore the city is to join the thousands of locals commuting on two wheels. The efficiency of a bicycle allows for routes that traverse multiple neighborhoods, and this young company takes out the urban intimidation factor. Go off the beaten tourist track on rides of 9-18 miles to areas where the locals work and live, like the Richmond, SoMa and the city’s most highly trafficked bike route, The Wiggle. www.sosfbiketours.com. 370 Linden St., 415.448.7673. Map 1, A8