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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

From US$25,00
  • Gain insight into San Francisco's history as a center for LGBT rights
  • Be inspired by the LGBT activism of this iconic district 
  • See landmarks from the Gold Rush, World War II, Harvey Milk era, and more
The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District
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Discover the LGBT history of the Castro district in San Francisco on a guided walking tour led by a longtime resident of the neighborhood. Leave the navigation to your guide, as you explore at least 15 sites of interest and hear detailed commentary about local history and landmarks. You’ll also learn how the Castro continues to play a vital role in LGBT activism and events.
What to Expect
Make your own way to Harvey Milk Plaza in the heart of the Castro to meet your guide.

Learn how the district got its name as you stop at the historical Castro Theatre, which is notable for its Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture.

Continue to several places relevant to the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the legendary gay rights activist who was also San Francisco’s first openly gay elected politician. See where he lived and worked, and hear about his contributions to the city and LGBT civil rights.

Take in landmarks including the Rainbow Honor Walk Project, the Leonard Matlovich Vietnam Vet Plaque, and Pink Triangle Memorial Park. Pass by Twin Peaks Tavern, which made history in the United States for being the first gay bar with windows.

The tour proceeds at a leisurely pace, and the public walkways are wheelchair accessible.
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Terrific Tour - A Must-Do While in SF

I booked this 2-hour walking tour for myself and my teenage son during a weekend visit. Kathy is a personable, intelligent, knowledgeable, and warm guide who manages to make learning about the Castro neighborhood both fun and impactful. She knows the area and the residents...More

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 4 days ago
Entertaining and important information to have about human rights

Kathy is a lovely women who has lived though many personal changes in her lifestyle preferences which she shares with you--to educate us about the diverse culture of the Castro. She gives you the historical perspective of how the community developed and how the changes...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great, informative walk around the Castro

Our tour with Kathy was great, informative, emotional, fun. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about this historically important area in LGBT history.

Thank bjartmart
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was informative, personal, heartfelt and educational. Beyond my expectations, and a perfect balance of humor and a genuine passion for equal rights. Kathy’s demeanor was very warm and she kept us interested the whole time. My 14 year old daughter came away empowered...More

Thank Mara B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
A leisurely stroll through LGBTQ history

This was a great experience for my partner and I. We enjoyed Kathy's information. She is working hard to keep up with a constantly changing landscape. She has the history down though as she has lived it and been in the Castro for many years....More

Thank Annabel K
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