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LGBTQ Castro Tour: 2-Hour San Francisco Walking Tour

LGBTQ Castro Tour: 2-Hour San Francisco Walking Tour

From US$ 30 per person

A 2-hour tour of the Castro will introduce you to the rich and diverse history of this neighborhood as well as the city of San Francisco. As you explore the area you'll learn interesting facts about the role it has played in the gay rights movement.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the largest LGBTQ neighborhood in the world
  • Learn how San Francisco's lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer community has impacted world history & civil rights
  • Discover the Harvey Milk Plaza, and many other important sights
Full description
This guided and intimate 2 hour tour lets you explore the diversity of the Castro community with a local resident and LGBTQ activist. You’ll relive the life and times of Harvey Milk, the slain Civil Rights leader and member of the San Francisco City Council. We’ll visit the part of the Castro where he lived and worked and served his community. In addition, visit the Harvey Milk Plaza, Milk's former camera shop, and the Civil Rights Academy. Stroll along the "Rainbow Honor Walk," a project honoring famous LGBTQs from history, and visit the Pink Triangle Memorial Park which honors homosexuals persecuted during WWII. You’ll also see the plaque dedicated to Vietnam veteran Leonard Matlovich. We’ll pass by the famous Castro Theater, the Hope for World Cure (AIDS) Mural and the LGBTQ Historical society.
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuity

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Meeting point

The tour starts at 400 Castro Street next to the Big Rainbow Flagpole Landmark. Please look up and behind you for the 20 meter high flagpole. Please note that the illustrated Google Map location below is correct at 400 Castro Street however, the location photo is featured incorrectly and shows the Castro Theatre.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Tour route is easy with no large hills and is handicap accessible
Customer reviews

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5 /5

based on 43 reviews

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This tour is amazing. The guide Kathy was well knowlegable and friendly. The information was accurate and very interesting, at the end of the tour you feel like you are able to understand better the LGBTQ community and you are aware of their struggles and influence in many other minorities. I loved the tour and I highly recommend it for anybody who is a lifelong learner. I will do this tour again. Also, the neighborhood is super friendly and the vibe is great.

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June 29, 2021

Fun and informative

Kathy is a blast. She creates a great atmosphere on the tour - encouraging people to share their stories and making the tour about history but also about the sense of community here. She is respectful and inspiring. For people like me that worry about how far an hard will the walk be it was super easy, lots of stops and thoughtful restroom break midway. Couldn’t recommend more. Wish this was required learning for all of us.

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June 10, 2019

The tour was incredible and I’d recommend it to anyone. I thought I knew a lot about LGBT history, but I learned plenty and was very moved by the experience. Kathy is a wonderful guide, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I feel like I know the Castro much better now and can’t wait to return. It’s bursting with energy and history, and is one of the most unique must-see places in San Francisco.

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July 15, 2018

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