Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour

Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour

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Description

The Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour is your backstage pass to the coolest area in the universe! Stroll through the cosmic history of counter culture, communes, cults, free rock and roll concerts, far out fashion and architecture. Gain real insight into the mysterious draw of the Haight-Ashbury!

The Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour is 60% hippy history, 40% architecture/general local history, and always 100% ‘far-out’ fun!

Saunter along the same paths travelled by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead and countless others who etched their marks into the collective creativity of the 20th century! We cover 12 blocks (mostly flat), ending 2 blocks from the start. You'll visit The Psychedelic History Museum, open only in conjunction with the tour, inside a restored Victorian B&B, home of your seasoned hosts!

Other tour highlights include:
  • The Grateful Dead House
  • The Love Pageant Rally
  • The Straight Theater
  • The California Baseball League
Join one of our Sixties-savvy guides for an insider's view of an amazing time and place! Recently added, for those who prefer to sleep late, is an 11 a.m. tour on Friday (see full schedule).

What Is Not Included?

We do not stop for food or shopping, but there's plenty to be had in the area AFTER the tour. Also, allow time before or after the tour for a trip on your own up to nearby Twin Peaks or into Golden Gate Park (including Hippie Hill).

Meeting Location

Near Stanyan & Waller Streets, in Haight Ashbury (San Francisco, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
Only tour I recommend in SF
Basquiet Tue, Oct 14  10:30 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I want to first say that I have been coming to this wonderful city for over 20yrs and In that time I have taken many family members and friends on this tour. The guides are authentic because they have lived in the neighborhood and among the people that they tell us about. They have become familiar faces that I enjoy seeing year after year. Thank you for ALWAYS making my experience and those I share you with pleasurable. Keep up the good work guys and Thank you again. See you soon. Bob
Rating: 5
Great guide - thought provoking details.
vizigoth Tue, Oct 14  10:30 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We learned about Haight Ashbury and its context in the world. Who knew 12 blocks could tell you so much!
Rating: 5
Absolute must do tour
carlenruth Sat, Oct 4  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Combination Individual
 
Excellent tour and a must do for anyone with an interest in San Francisco history, the 60's, music or just a good time! Stan was a great and local (has lived in the neighborhood for YEARS) guide, both informative and humorous. The was was easy, not too long, not too short. I will do it again with my brother next Spring and I can't wait!
Rating: 5
Highly recommended!
Penny77 Sat, Sep 20  10:30 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We loved the flower power walking tour. Our tour leader Stann is an absolute legend with a great ( dry) sense of humour- much appreciated by us Aussies! Our tour was rich in historical, cultural and useful current information. It has been a far- out trip highlight and we'd highly recommend it:-)
Rating: 5
Depth and insight
MarkBrock Sat, Sep 20  10:30 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This is a great tour for anyone interested in the Haight Ashbury district. As advertised, it covers a mixture of hippie culture, architecture, and general history of the area. Our guide was Stan. Did you ever have a professor or teacher who was so attuned to and knowledgeable about their field that the subject truly came alive for you? That's Stan, and that's the difference between taking this tour and walking around on your own with a map. A map leads you to a street address, but it doesn't give you the back story or answer your specific questions. Take the tour.
Rating: 5
Perfect mix of entertainment and education
TheT0urist Sat, Sep 20  10:30 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Our tour guide had a deep and personal knowledge of the Haight. Although the highlights of the tour were focused on the summer of love, the tour delves into a deeper history of the city's architecture, politics, etc. I highly recommend this tour before cruising around the Haight solo. You will shown all the spots you want to see and more, including a few local shops with a long history in the area.
Rating: 4
Enjoyed the your
patreardon1 Fri, Sep 19  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Tour guide was on time. He was thorough and pleasant. Very knowledgeable
Rating: 5
FABULOUS!!!!
cindymac1971 Tue, Sep 16  10:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
This was the best tour I have ever taken. Stan is not only extremely well informed, he also makes the tour lots of fun with his dry wit. This tour is a must for anyone who wants to learn about the real Haight andSan Francisco.
Rating: 5
Fount of current and historical information!
JamesNoland Fri, Sep 5  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our guide, Stan Fluoride, is a longtime resident of the neighborhood, and a civic minded resident at that. Even if you already know Bay Area R and R history, it takes it to a new level when you stand between the former homes of the Dead and the Hells Angels and understand how near to each other they lived. Stan could be a college professor, and he is funny as hell. He explained the surprisingly subtle difference between the homeless and the vagabond "tourists", as well as dealing with City Hall, then and now. He told us of an approaching fire truck with the Grateful Dead logo on it simply by listening to the engine noise. It was a photo op for us and I don't think Stan even had to look up. The man knows the neighborhood! On the tour you get to see inside a Victorian, and the backyards, which are hidden from the street. You get to see haunts of the Dead, Janis, Jimi, Manson, and I'm sure I forgot a few. This tour really is essential to any person who is genuinely curious about this city, it's past, and it's current way of life. Do it, before they realize they should charge more!
Rating: 5
Must see!
Flaviosity Sat, Aug 23  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
This walk was hands-down one of the highlights of my trip. Stan was extremely engaging, informative and funny! I learned so much that I wouldn't have learned by walking around on my own. Highly recommend to anyone curious to learn more about this fascinating neighborhood!
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Do I have to pay in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as tours often sell out. You can purchase tickets in advance using a Visa or Mastercard. Walkups are a gamble!
Do you offer discounts for groups?
Yes, groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount. Please click on the "Contact HaightTour" link to email us if you are planning to take the tour with a large group so that we can offer you this discount.
Do I have to buy a ticket for my child?
Kids age 9 and under may go on the tour free. You will need to buy a regular ticket for kids age 10 and up.
Is this tour appropriate for children?
This is actually a very popular tour for families with middle-school-aged boys who don't find a lot of other things they think sound "cool" to do! It's up to you to determine what you think is appropriate for your kids. We talk about the Sixties- and you know what that era was all about. The tour content is not offensive, unless you found the Sixties offensive!
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, we go into one pet-free house. If you don't mind missing that then feel free to bring your well-behaved dog on a leash. We will have to ask you to leave the tour if your dog causes any problems, however.
Are there many hills?
No, we stick to basically flat terrain with the exception of one half-a-block-up hill. We also go up 11 steps to enter the Psychedelic History Museum.
Is this tour wheelchair- and stroller-accessible?
97% of the tour is accessible, but there is one 10-minute stop (at the Psychedelic History Museum) that involves 11 steps. We'll provide you with interesting materials to peruse while you wait.
Can I cut out a little early due to a scheduling conflict?
No problem. Since we're on foot and are along a major bus route it is easy to get elsewhere in a hurry . Cabs are usually easy to flag down should you need one.
Are any snacks or beverages included in the price of the tour?
No, but there will be ample opportunities to purchase food and beverages after the tour. Feel free to bring a bottle of water or other beverage along with you.
Are there any vegetarian restaurants in the vicinity?
There is The Ganges (Indian vegetarian), and several of the restaurants have wide choices for vegetarians and vegans.
Where can I buy you know what?
Sorry. We can't hook you up, but under California's Prop. 215 there are plenty of legal (on a State level) clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area for those who have obtained a letter from their doctor and the proper I.D. to make their medicinal purchases with dignity over the counter with quality and quantity verifiable. How times have changed, huh !?!
Do we visit the Fillmore Auditorium?
The Fillmore is not actually located in the Haight Ashbury, so it is beyond the scope of the tour. It is not very far away, however, and is a relatively easy bus ride: Take the #43 bus to Geary and walk about 10 blocks east, or transfer on Geary to the #38 to Fillmore St. Your guide can give you directions if you'd like to visit it after the tour.
Where does the tour end?
The tour ends about two blocks away from where we started, in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. (Exact meeting location will be provided upon purchase of tickets.)
Does the tour go rain or shine?
Yes, we go out rain or shine (or fog), so please dress appropriately for the weather. In San Francisco, regardless of season, it's usually a good idea to dress in layers.
Is this a good sightseeing tour of San Francisco?
Yes! The tour is about 60% hippy history and 40% general neighborhood/local history and architecture. You'll get a good feel for a big part of the spirit of San Francisco and some great insights into local culture.
Are tours conducted in English only?
Yes, the tours are conducted in English. However, since plenty of the tour is visual, those with limited English can still have a good time.
Are there bathrooms available along the tour route?
We stop for a rest and restroom break about two-thirds of the way through the tour (after about an hour and a half or so). Along the route there are plenty of cafes where you can use the bathroom if you need to - perhaps in exchange for buying a drink or snack.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
We are on our feet for approximately 2 1/2 hours, with a rest and restroom break about two-thirds of the way through the tour. We move at a leisurely pace, covering about 12 blocks.
Does this tour have anything to offer a resident San Franciscan?
Absolutely! Come see the Haight through the eyes of those who knew it in the Sixties. Our guides are sure to regale you with things you never knew, for your own enjoyment or to pass on to your visiting guests.
Can I arrange a private tour?
Private tours are available at any time for groups of 4 or more. Click on the "Contact HaightTour" link to email us to arrange one! Bear in mind, many groups prefer to join the public tour, since much of the fun is mixing and mingling with other great people.
Do you offer any special discounts for media?
If you are in the media and would like to attend our tour, please email us by clicking the "Contact HaightTour" link. We welcome the great publicity!
What do I do if I don't own a credit card?
We can't guarantee your place on the tour unless you purchase a ticket in advance using a Visa or Mastercard. If you don't own a credit card, you may try walking up the day of the tour, but it's a gamble.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Other Policies

Activity takes place rain or shine
In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time.

Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour

As a resident for over 33 years in the Haight Ashbury, Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour owner Pam Brennan has ample hippie credentials! Be-Ins, anti-war protests and coffeehouses, head shops, geodesic domes, rock concerts, free schools and communes - you name it, Pam and her tour guides have been there, done that.

We have been a member of the San Francisco Visitor and Convention Bureau for 10 years and are all licensed San Francisco tour guides. We've been featured on Bay Area Backroads and in Frommer's, as well as in dozens of other travel guidebooks and newspaper and magazine articles.

Owner Pam Brennan is also the co-producer of The Hippy Gourmet TV show as seen on PBS.
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