5 things to do for free in San Francisco

Planning a trip to SanFran? You’re in luck. The Golden Gate City has a bunch of free things you can do, making sure you have plenty of money left over for a return trip! Here are our top picks to make sure you’re traveling on the cheap.

Stroll along Golden Gate Bridge

You can view it from afar or snap a selfie with it, but the best way to see one of the world’s most famous bridges is to walk across it. Strap on some trainers and stroll the 1.7 miles along – or just go halfway, the view is pretty great wherever you are. The walkway is on the eastern side, and you’ll need to check the website for opening hours, but you’re guaranteed to get a real feel of SanFran from its hottest landmark.

Concerts and bowling class at Golden Gate Park

If the weather is clear, which it always is (it’s California), this park is the best place to spend an afternoon. It’s 1017 acres of gorgeous greenery and is home to weekly free concerts and events like Shakespeare in the Park, as well as free bowling lessons every Wednesday at noon. What more could you want from a city park?

Street slides

San Francisco is a city that knows how to have fun. The tiny park in Seward Street is home to curving concrete slides, which locals come armed with cardboard boxes to sit on. There are usually a few lying around if you forget, but the general rule is BYOB (bring your own box!). Safe sliding…

Guided walking tours

Local historians lead around five tours every day, each lasting around 1-2 hours. There are themed and neighbourhood specific tours, like Hitchcock film sites, to Chinatown wonders. Donations are accepted, but the tours are totally free, and the scheme is volunteer-led. Don’t forget your camera!

Stern Grove Festival’s concerts

If you’re in the city during summertime, you’re in luck! The Stern Grove Festival has a whole calendar of free concerts that run on Sundays. The festival has become a staple for locals and tourists alike, with previous artists like the San Francisco Opera, Neko Case and the English Beat performing.

If you liked this, check out our 5 free things to do in New York.

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