Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour

Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour

Zerve Seller: HaightTour
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Walk in the shoes of Janis, Jimi and the Dead as you learn about hippy history, rock and roll, fashion, architecture and much more!
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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: 2
Tue, Jan 12  12:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Walk was boring and not much walking more about Kevin then Haight
Rating: 5
Excellent tour.
Sat, Jan 2  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Loved all the enthusiasm. and the local color and stories. GLad to see that someone in the neighborhood is keeping up the spirit and what the area really stands for.
Rating: 5
Very Informational and Fun
Sat, Jan 2  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Took the tour with my 21 year old daughter and we had a lot of fun. Our guide was very knowledgable and was truly dedicated to the area of Haight-Ashbury.Would recommend.
Rating: 5
Very fun, informative, and laid back tour!
Tue, Dec 29, 15  10:30 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Stan knows his history and neighborhood very well - he's a long time local and super well connected with the past and present of Haight Ashbury. This is not one of those mile a minute mega-phone tours, it stops when loud trucks pass by, and might veer off with them to the history of local fire station emblems. 5 stars!
Rating: 4
Fun facts and retro memories
Tue, Dec 15, 15  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was fun to learn fun facts about life as a hippie, and how the area has changed through the years.
Rating: 5
A walk through an era gone by
Fri, Dec 11, 15  2:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Stan did a wonderful tour on an era long gone by. Since he is a local historian, I think he knows more about the history and the area than most other tour companies. He also has a great gift of story telling and sense of humor. That is the reason I went with Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour over the others, and I'm glad I did. Stan even shared some old photos of the area from back in the day to compare with what things look like today. The dining room at the bed and breakfast we stopped at was like a mini museum, complete with posters and old books of the times. After the tour was over, there were plenty of shops to go into. With the municipal transit system in San Francisco, it was very easy to get to the start of the tour. When the tour finished up, it was only a block or two to get the bus back to my hotel, which I didn't mind, since the shops were on the way. I did quite a few different types of tours during my stay, and this was one of the best.
Rating: 5
Historically interesting
Sat, Dec 5, 15  10:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great tour and with an enthusiastic guide, Sunshine. We enjoyed the history of the place as well as seeing the homes lived in by The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. This tour is a great opportunity to get a handle on an area that offers great shops, restaurants and people watching. Stay after the tour and be sure to visit Sunshine's shop, Jammin' on Haight.
Rating: 5
The walking tour was much more than I expected.
Tue, Dec 1, 15  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I thought the walking tour of Haight-Ashbury would only center on the hippie experience. This was not the case and I was pleasantly surprised. Our guide, Stanley Flouride, provided so much history and cultural information about the Haight-Ashbury district, as well as San Francisco, that I was never bored. Stanley was very informative and provided personal tidbits and jokes. He even took pictures of us standing in front of Jerry Garcia's former residence. My family and friends back home in Hanover, PA got a real kick out of this photo. I would recommend this walking tour and hopefully, they will get Stanley as their guide.

The only thing I would change about this tour that the guide end the tour where it began. I was not familiar with the Haight Ashbury district and was confused as to how to get back to where I parked. Stanley did direct me in the correct direction but I did have to walk alone several blocks. Again, the tour should end where it began.
Rating: 5
Stan gave us a great tour!
Fri, Nov 27, 15  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We walked around the neighborhood and look at many interesting sites, which includes celebrity homes and the history of the city. The tour guide was funny and we were thoroughly entertained and educated. A must do for people who love/know about the 60s culture and music.
Rating: 4
Fun times up in the Haight
Fri, Nov 27, 15  2:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We very much love supporting walking tours and this one did not let us down. Being a Deadhead helped as there was much history to soak in. Lots of cool info. about the unique architecture and we especially loved the time spent explaining the Diggers and their connection to the local Episcopal church. Many thanks to our tour guide who was obviously very connected to the neighborhood and excited to share his knowledge. My only critique would be that it is probably not family friendly but to each their own. Pretty tough to give the truth about the Haight without plenty of references to Ellis D. but I was glad my kids were home. Too bad the fire department number 12 doesn't sell those shirts! So cool.
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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.


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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