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.)
977 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
WONDERFUL
Sat, Aug 29  10:30 AM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
 
Loved it. Wish I had lived here in the 60s
Rating: 5
Best tour in the city
Fri, Aug 28  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Our tour guide was wonderful. It was such a unique and engaging tour. One of the best things we did while in the city
Rating: 4
Nice tour but not for under 21
Tue, Aug 25  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
Our tour guide, an ex-hippie who was VERY enthusiastic about the history of the Haight, was super knowledgeable but needed to edit himself, at 2+ hours without a lot of walking it felt way too long. My 13 and 18 year old boys, both super enthusiastic about the Haight, zoned out after about an hour, it was just too much talking. Lots of pre-drug chatter, and swearing too if you've got kids, just something to keep in mind.
Rating: 5
Excellent
Sat, Aug 22  10:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This tour was the best thing we did on our vacation. Don't think the only thing you will learn about is the "hippies". It is that and so much more. I would recommend it to anyone.
Rating: 5
A nice combo of local 60's history and architectur
Sat, Aug 22  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Got to see the Grateful Dead house, where Janis Joplin lived, how and why the area expanded and changed over the years, and some local merchant info. Our guide was a local who had lived in the area since 1982, had a wealth of Information and was very funny!
Rating: 5
Outstanding Tour
Wed, Aug 12  9:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Stan is a wonderful guide whoe passion for San Francisco and Haight-Ashburt are infectious and made the morning of our tour a favorite for every member of our family.
Rating: 5
Stan Flouride is a Superstar
Sat, Aug 8  10:30 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
This wasn't our first "rodeo" with the "HAFPWT." It was my third time and my wife and daughter's 4th time. The day before we revisited Alcatraz for the second time (which is wonderful place to visit BTW) and it didn't have the same "sizzle" as did on our first visit. So we were concerned............... However, our tour guide Stan Flouride was unbelievably knowledgeable and funny. Really. The tour was basically the same as before, but we felt we were walking with a talking encyclopedia. Blink. blink 3 and a half hours flew by. It was amazing. MAC.
Rating: 5
Sunshine Power was excellent.... She knew the hist
Tue, Aug 4  10:30 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The history and the importance of what happened in the late 60's was depicted by Sunshine Powers.
Rating: 5
Flower power walking tour is a can't miss
Fri, Jul 31  2:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I love to learn especially about history and this tour covered it all, I would highly recommend to any and all visiting San Francisco
Rating: 5
Stannous does a great job! He's awesome!
Fri, Jul 31  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Nice job Stan! We all loved you!
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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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