Tours

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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

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