13 fun and free things you can do in San Francisco

May 8, 2017

Contrary to what many may think, being a tourist in San Francisco need not break the bank. While the city has definitely gained a reputation for being one of the most expensive in the States, there is indeed a host of fun, exciting and interesting things to do in the City by the Bay that are totally free and thoroughly enjoyable.

1. Walk or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge

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At the top of any first-time visitor’s wish list, this San Francisco icon is renowned for being one of the most impressive manmade structures on the planet.

Though many tourists may opt to simply snap a photo of it from one of the city’s many excellent viewpoints, taking a walk or cycling across the world-famous bridge can be one of the most unforgettable travel experiences the city has to offer, while also providing a far more intimate Golden Gate experience.

2. Enjoy the city’s free museum days

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San Francisco has long been known as being a hotbed for arts and culture. With such a vibrant arts scene, it’s no surprise that the city boasts a wealth of world-class museums and galleries. Though many of the top museums in the city do charge entry fees, more than a handful offer completely free entries on selected days.

So if you’re a museum-loving traveller, check out the city’s wide range of museums that offer free entry and prepare yourself for an insightful and truly fascinating San Fran experience.

3. Hike the coastal trail


For nature lovers and avid hikers, spending some time walking the San Francisco Coastal Trail is an absolute must.

Not only will the trail provide you with some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, it will also lead you directly to some of the city’s other top attractions, including Golden Gate Park and The Palace of the Legion of Honor. A recommended route would be to start the trail by the famous Presidio (above) and then continue south towards Fort Funston.

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4. Enjoy a free guided walking tour


San Francisco is a city bursting with attractions and points of interest, and one of the best ways to enjoy some of these would definitely be by joining a free guided walking tour. Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable local volunteers, the free walking tours are a great way to acquaint yourself with the city, its history, culture and timeless charm.