San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Cruisin' the Castro Walking tours celebrates 30 years of Pride and as San Francisco's first and ONLY Legacy Business Tour Company! This prestigious award recognizes Cruisin' the Castro as a longstanding, community-servicing business and a valuable cultural asset to the City & County of San Francisco.

Tours are fun, fascinating and offers twice as many tour stops that not only include the colorful sites of the largest LGBTQ community in the world, but explores the spectrum of sexual and gender diversity and the struggle with achieving equal rights in America.   No other tour offer this rare and educational opportunity!

Tours are conducted by a local resident, professional tour guide and a civil rights activist.


  • Led by a local guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city



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Average 4.88 out of 5 stars based on 130 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
blehman, Jan 2022 Verified
Kathy is a bona fide member of the community and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Castro and LGBT history. Great political perspective too.
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
Fred P, Nov 2021 Verified
Very informative tour with tour guide Kathy. Tour is highly recommended. Major sights in the district were very well explained.
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
O1106MQjenniferm, Nov 2021 Verified
This tour is a must do when visiting the Castro. Kathy does a fantastic job detailing the history of the Castro and provides great information we would never have known. Wonderful tour!
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
H5923BIcatherinem, Nov 2021 Verified
We enjoyed the two hour walking tour of the Castro district. We learned so much about its rich history for the LGBTQ+ community. It is so refreshing to see how much outreach the community does for LGBTQ+ youth in particular. Kathy did an excellent job at bringing so many stories to life for us. We highly recommend this tour!
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
cinderella1952, Oct 2021 Verified
My daughters and I stayed for a week in San Francisco. They'd been to the Bay Area numerous times when they were younger, but neither have any memories of their experiences. When we planned the trip, I decided to really turn it into an adventure. What a great time we had on the walking tour with Kathy. Kathy is great, very personable and provided a lot of information on the civil rights battles the LBGTQ community have fought. I particularly enjoyed the information Kathy provided regarding the school nearby and how they teach them social justice. I wish all public schools were as open and welcoming as this particular school. So great enjoying everyone's company on the tour and Kathy was sincerely interested in everyone who was on the tour. What a great day we had and a reminder from Kathy that those who can sometimes be of most help in social justice and a call to activism, are those from outside the LBGTQ community! Thanks Kathy!
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
DoyleH63, Oct 2021 Verified
My partner and I had visited San Francisco many years ago in our salad days and really loved the city, how open it is for gays, and just all the great vibes. We had the opportunity to visit again, now as older, more settled guys, and taking walking tours is now one of our favorite jams for vacations.This tour was $30 per person, and I hesitated just a bit because there were no refunds if you decided not to go. After reading ALL of the glowing reviews, we decided to take the leap and sign up--we couldn't be more glad that we did!!!To say that Kathy is amazing is an understatement. Her enthusiasm for all things San Francisco is infectious! She is a wealth of knowledge, and makes the tour interesting and engaging with every single step the group takes. I don't know if they have given her the key to the city yet, but she is about the best ambassador San Francisco could ever want, or have. The time we spent with her was really some of the most memorable time we spent during our entire trip!!! We walked away from the tour well informed and with the feeling that we would love to be friends with Kathy if we lived in SF--she was instantly familiar and accessible. She obviously has a genuine love of, and interest in people, and a serious passion for her city. You cannot go wrong experiencing SF through Kathy's eyes!!!
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
ERNighthawk591, Sep 2021 Verified
Kathy was a wealth of knowledge of her neighborhood and history. My husband and I (mid 40's) met up with Kathy and a younger couple (20's) and Kathy bridged that dynamic flawlessly! We were able to discuss the history of the Castro and discuss our own reflections between our group. We did the tour on a Monday afternoon and the city was active. There were plenty of shops and restaurants pointed out and we did go to one after the tour; along with the GLBT museum. The advice to wear comfortable shoes is a must, and we suggest to out-of-towners to dress for the weather (we learned everyone has a light jacket or hoodie stowed away somewhere in their backpacks for a reason!). We liked the history that was everywhere, from murals on buildings, to plaques embedded on the sidewalk. The meet up spot is on top of the Harvey Milk Plaza, a public transportation node for the MUNI, so getting there was a breeze.
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
AtlMike73, Sep 2021 Verified
We went on the walking tour of the Castro with Kathy and highly recommend. A great combination of the history of the LGBT+ community and the neighborhood of today. Kathy was a great guide with a combination of humor and call to activism.
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
E731LTnicoler, Aug 2021 Verified
It was a great experience - well paced (even had a bathroom/sit break in the middle) and included important highlights of history anchored to different locations in the Castro. I particularly appreciated that Kathy welcomed feedback on terminology she used within the presentation. It is clear that Kathy has a deep connection to the neighborhood and history of advocacy. I would recommend to anyone (tourist or not) interested in learning a bit more about the history of this historic neighborhood.
San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide
OutWithKyle, Aug 2021 Verified
This was a great tour and we're so glad we took it! Kathy knows her neighborhood and is full of information. Plus, it was such a pleasant walk through the Castro! Perhaps some tourists might see the tour as "political" or all about "social justice," but human beings are at the root of political and social justice "issues." That's the entire point, and some generic, watered-down tour of the Castro wouldn't be remotely true to the spirit of the neighborhood or its storied legacy. I can't recommend this tour enough for everyone! It also sets a great foundation for exploring the neighborhood on your own afterward!

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