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Cruisin' The Castro Walking Tours

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Address: Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag Pole Landmark, Located on the corner of Castro & Market Streets, San Francisco, CA 94114
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+1 415-550-8110
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours is San Francisco's premier LGBT tour...

Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours is San Francisco's premier LGBT tour company walking with PRIDE since 1989! Voted a top city tour and awarded the "Hall of Fame", by TripAdvisor!

This easy, fun and fascinating 2 hour tour is the MOST comprehensive Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, & Transgender cultural tour available and boasts 15 different historical sites enroute.

Discover how San Francisco and the Castro neighborhood plays a crucial role in the past, present and future of LGBT civil rights in the United States.

Tours are intimate, personalized and operated by a professional tour guide, local resident and LGBT community activist. No large hills to climb and public walkways are handicap accessible.

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Excellent and informative tour

Kathy was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide. We had such a fantastic time on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the fascinating history of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andrew B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Kathy was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide. We had such a fantastic time on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Castro... and especially those who think they wouldn't be. Keep up the great work Kathy.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and a Friend came to San Francisco to discover and learn more about the LGBT culture, this tour certainly didn't disappoint. Kathy who runs the tours was very informative and knowledgable about the area of castro and it's sexually diverse cultures. I found Kathy to be very funny and approachable which made the tour have a personal touch. I... More 

Thank Smithandrews2012
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This walking tour is an absolute must if you are visiting San Francisco to understand the key history of the Castro District in the human rights movement, AIDS crisis. Kathy is a fantastic font of knowledge of the region and its history. If you get a chance to watch Mild and We Will Rise before hand it will make it... More 

Thank JPM_Aust
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a 'gay tour', though members of the LGBT community will find this incredibly empowering. Anyone who has an interest in the struggle for equality and human rights in the USA must take this tour! The guide Kathy provides a professional, sensitive and positive tour of the main points of interest from yesterday's and today's Castro neighbourhood. The... More 

Thank Finland Fryer
Darien, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kathy was a great tour guide. Very laid back and gave information that captured the essence or flavor of the area. Our daughter wanted to visit this area on our trip to SF. My husband and I were indifferent to the idea, but I didn't want to just wander the neighborhood. Kathy's tour fit the bill and took us to... More 

Thank Pulaskitraveler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just took the tour today and boy were we amazed! Kathy is so professional, knowledgeable, warm, and not afraid to tell the group exactly how the community lives. It was refreshing and informative and Kathy was a walking encyclopedia of facts about the LGBT community and Castro. We took our kids (13 year girl and 17 year old son) and... More 

Thank tinabgu
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kathy is wonderful - friendly, knowledgeable and able to deliver some of the sexier bits of information with a knowing smile! The area is of course fantastic and the facts / insight this tour offers is invaluable. We did the tour then essentially walked it again once it was over, looking at all the fascinating sites again. It is a... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kathy is amazing and full of knowledge on the history of the Castro area, human rights and the power of community. We learned so much in the short 2 hour walking tour in this vibrant area. If you want to learn more about civil and equal rights, the Castro area, San Francisco, LGBTQAQP (and many others as not to exclude)... More 

Thank Daniel C
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kathy accommodated me even though I was the only person that had booked for the time, so I was lucky enough to get a solo tour. She is a wealth of hilarious facts and knowledge about the area and its history, and I came out feeling a sense of pride like I never had before. If you are in the... More 

Thank colejasoneric
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

This tour painted an authentic portrait of the history and culture of the Castro community. We learned the origins of how the community formed and about the influential people who sacrificed everything to protect the dignity of all. Shocking, saddening, funny and inspirational all at the same time.

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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