Best Walking Tours in San Francisco
Welcome to Free Tours by Foot, the premier name-your-own-price San Francisco walking tour!
Suited for any budget, our tours will take you all over this amazing city, keeping you entertained, educated, and excited the entire way! Discover hidden neighborhoods, sample world class cuisine, and learn the incredible stories of the men and women who built the City by the Bay!
Our San Francisco Tours
Secrets, Scandals, and Scoundrels of San Francisco
Did you know that the most luxurious hotel in San Francisco was built almost entirely with stolen money? Or that pioneers once fought a war over eggs? (Yes, eggs!) Were you aware that there was once an Emperor of the United States? Our Secrets, Scandals & Scoundrels tour will take you through this Gold Rush city and the later days of the Barbary Coast, when men could be shot, hanged, or kidnapped without warning. Sign up to travel back in time to see what the Wild West was really like!
Sign up to join us while we explore the oldest, largest, and most vibrant Chinatown in the western hemisphere. Most tours will bring you through the “touristy” parts of Chinatown (the places you see on postcards). If you take our tour, we will venture through the backroads and the hidden alleyways of the Chinatown to show you how the residents truly live. From the start of the tour at the Dragon Gate, to the famous Golden Gate fortune cookie factory, to the site of an incredible underworld battle on the streets of San Francisco, we’ll take you through the fascinating history of Chinatown.
Downtown San Francisco
On this tour, we will explore the heart of San Francisco.
Join us and you’ll discover who San Franciscans are. You’ll see what we care about, what we spend our time on, and how we designed this city to be a beautiful place to live. You’ll see the history of the construction of the city, the destruction caused by the great earthquake and fire of 1906, and how the rebuilding created one of the greatest cities in the world. You’ll also see why every building in the area looks so interesting and unique, with hidden parks and open spaces even the locals don’t know about!
Gold, Guns, and Fire: The San Francisco Gold Rush
Join our tour to take a trip back to the Wild West! During this time, San Francisco was the most dangerous, lecherous, and violent place in the US. During that time, the gold prospectors (and, robbers, con men, prostitutes, and outlaws) somehow formed the foundation of the amazing city of San Francisco that we know today!
Have you ever been to a really touristy area and wondered what it was REALLY like behind the scenes? Welcome to our tour of Fisherman’s Wharf! This area hosts thousands of visitors every day, but we’ll steer clear of the t-shirt shops on main street, and you’ll see how the real men and women of the Wharf live and breathe. Sign up here and we’ll take you through the docks and piers to show you how fishermen have made their catch every day for 150 years.
North Beach/Little Italy
When you walk through North Beach, you will hear about the Italians that built this area. From the early fishermen and bankers from Genoa to the grocers of Sicily, you’ll learn how the Little Italy of the Pacific brought food, song, and romance to San Francisco. Visit us and discover a hidden church that locals have never heard of, a 360 degree panoramic view of the bay that could go on a postcard, and food and pastries that could go on a magazine cover. If Italy is the land of art, food, and love, come visit a little piece of it on San Francisco Bay, and discover why Italian-American Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco.
The Castro District
How did this once sleepy little village called Eureka Valley change into the predominant center in the world of the gay civil rights movement? Join us on a walk through history of one of the most exciting neighborhoods of San Francisco. We’ll discuss how San Francisco became the first place in the United States where gay men and women were not just tolerated, but celebrated. We’ll meet some of the heroes of the civil rights movement and the tragedy that befell many of them.