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San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

1. San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

See the best of San Francisco on a city walking tour and learn the history behind each turn from your guide. Take in the views of the skyline on your ferry to Alcatraz before exploring this notorious prison. Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about its colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution from a traditional maritime port to a modern urban waterfront filled with trendy restaurants and amusement piers. The walking tour concludes at Pier 33, where you will present your photo ID to receive your Alcatraz tickets. Board your ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of Alcatraz upon the island.  Learn about the history of the cell house and its former residents with an award-winning audio tour available in multiple languages. You can expect to be done with the whole experience in the late afternoon.

Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

2. Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a half-day electric bike tour around the back alleys of San Francisco, exploring North Beach’s Little Italy district up-close. Get panoramic views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building, and much more. The flat route takes in the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Cycle around the Giants’ Oracle Ball Park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Look at the ever-changing street art scene, and see the locals who rule each area to make their communities unique. Go to Nopa, and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, before visiting the Civic Center. Pedal to Polk Gulch, San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood. Finish your tour with at look at Aquatic Park, before cycling to Fisherman’s Wharf.

California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

3. California Academy of Sciences Thursday NightLife Admission

Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-natural history museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Enjoy all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe. Explore these exhibits and more during Thursday’s festive 21+ only NightLife event, and sip on a beer, wine, or unique specialty cocktail available for purchase at the bars throughout the museum. Once in the museum, catch the latest spectacular digital planetarium show and rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light to the far reaches of the universe. Journey deep into the oceans of the world in the aquarium. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the albino alligator, and hang out with a South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies. Each week features a unique theme, blending fun with science in an informal social environment. Past highlights have included pop-up art galleries; science-themed comedy; sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations; and talks by notable figures like Buzz Aldrin. Academy scientists are also on-hand to discuss the “science love stories” behind their infatuations with spiders, sea slugs, parasites, and other fascinating topics. During summer months, the Academy presents NightLife LIVE, a music series featuring emerging bands and musicians live on an outdoor garden stage, cutting-edge art installations, and hands-on science demonstrations.

Fairfax: Learn to Roast Your Own Coffee

4. Fairfax: Learn to Roast Your Own Coffee

Learn how to roast coffee at home with this beginner's home coffee roasting class. Find out everything you need to know about home roasting and give roasting a try in class. Enjoy your choice of snack and some coffee and take home some roasted coffee and some beans to roast yourself at home. Start the roasting class than with freshly brewed coffee, and choose from pour-over, cafe latte, espresso, or Gibraltar. Enjoy your coffee and hear about several popular home-roasting methods from the instructors. Experience a home-roasting class perfect for beginners, and feel free to ask questions on any aspect of the world of coffee. See coffee beans as they move through stages of the roast process, and sharpen up your sensory awareness as green coffee beans are placed in an open roaster. Observe the sights, sounds, and aromas as beans transform from green to brown. Watch as the demonstration brings the roasting process to life and prepares you for the next segment. Listen to the guide will explain the process of using a handheld roaster over an open flame stove. Take charge as the coffee maestro by pre-heating your ceramic roaster, adding raw beans, and applying a gentle motion while watching the progress of your roast develop to the level you desire. End the session with a taste of iced Cascara and toast to your success as a new coffee roaster. Take your personally roasted beans plus a bag of green beans to roast at home. We have over 100 5-star reviews on other venues.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

This tour was with Adam. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the city. He cracked a few jokes and we enjoyed the tour. Positives: our first time using electric bikes, loved it! Also good choice in SF as we also got time after the tour to pop out to the bridge by ourselves and the electric came in very handy! The lunch stop was great; don’t think we would have found it by ourselves. History of SF was informative. Learned quite a bit whilst seeing various different areas of the city. Only feedback would have been to add a little more when just a small (just two of us) tour. Could have done more places in the same time as a bigger group tour. Ie a plan A and Plan B. Great day however, with the electric bike a great choice!

This was a fantastic insight into San Francisco history. Our guide Eric was incredibly knowledgeable, and fun, keeping the whole walking section of the tour interactive. He gave us clear instructions on what to do once we left him to head over to Alcatraz which was so useful. Alcatraz itself was fascinating, the self guided audio tour was brilliant and well worth doing. I would highly recommend this trip.

Got good and relevant information both historically and contemporary about SF and Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz is worth a visit alone due to the view of the SF skyline and the Golden Gate, which does not get better anywhere else.

Great bike tour around several different neighborhoods of San Francisco. Adam was an excellent tour guide. We enjoyed getting to know many parts and sights of San Francisco by riding the bike.

Excellent activity, must visit if you are in San Francisco