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Ghirardelli Square Tours

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What began as the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory in the 1890s is now a multilevel retail square across the street from San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. The red brick structure is recognizable by its clock tower and large “Ghirardelli” sign, which make excellent photo backdrops for visitors who come to shop, dine, and eat ice cream.  
 
The Basics
Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, Ghirardelli Square is home to a selection of upscale stores, restaurants, and even a brewery and a wine-tasting room. The staple of the square, however, is the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. 

On sunny days, the plaza bustles with people sprawled around the fountain and on benches, taking in the scene.  Most hop-on hop-off San Francisco tours include a stop at or near Ghirardelli Square; a Segway tour is another popular way to see it.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The line at the ice cream and chocolate shop can be out the door, so be prepared to wait if you go on a busy day.
  • If you’re driving, metered street parking is available in the neighborhood, or you can enter the parking garage from Larkin Street.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there’s a good chance you’ll be walking several blocks or more to your car, public transportation, Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, or the many other attractions in this part of the city.
 
How to Get There
Ghirardelli Square is located between Polk, North Point, Beach, and Larkin streets, just a few blocks west of Fisherman’s Wharf. City buses 19, 30, and 47 stop next to the square, while the Powell–Hyde cable car turnaround at Hyde and Beach streets is one block away.
 
When to Get There
The square itself is open every day from late morning to late evening, though the hours of restaurants and shops vary. Festivals and outdoor movie screenings are held throughout the year; particularly popular is the annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, which typically takes place the second weekend of September. If you’re visiting during the holidays, go at night to enjoy the lights of the Christmas tree. 
 
Aquatic Park
Once you have your chocolate fix, don’t leave the area without popping across the street to explore Aquatic Park on the waterfront of San Francisco Bay. You can admire views of Alcatraz Island, watch bold locals swimming in the water, or visit the art-deco Maritime Museum.
Address: 900 North Point Street, San Francisco 94109, USA
Admission: Free
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31 Tours and Activities to Experience Ghirardelli Square

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San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.99
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2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.99
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Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Alcatraz Ticket + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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If you're looking to see the sights on San Francisco's waterfront—but you don't have hours to tour the city—this quick walking tour is the perfect fit. Follow your guide to top attractions including Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. History fans enjoy a quick look at the cable cars, and the USS Pampanito, a WWII submarine. To make the most of your day, upgrade with Alcatraz tickets to see San Francisco's infamous former prison.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$100.87
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Early Bird San Francisco GoCar Tour

Early Bird San Francisco GoCar Tour

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Get up and out to rent your GoCar before noon for a cost savings on this great way to explore San Francisco. After rider orientation, zoom off into the city for a whirlwind tour that covers much more ground than you could on foot. Use the provided map to make a route that focuses on the sights that interest you, and return your car by noon to continue your day exploring.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise

San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise

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Combine some of San Francisco's top sights—Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge—in a single day tour. This combination of stops may be a little bit different than traditional San Francisco tours, but it lets travelers get a better look at the true culture and history of the city. Hop aboard a cable car through the Financial District and down into Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. Snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from up close and listen to in-depth commentary as you travel.
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  • 8 hours
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$89.00
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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So many adventures to have in San Francisco with so few funds. If the pocketbook is feeling a touch light then consider these invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunts. The three-hour events force adventurers to solve clues and navigate the city streets; plus all the SF scenery you can absorb during the journey. Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
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$21.34
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Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Golden Gate Bay Cruise + Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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Discover top sights along San Francisco's iconic waterfront during this time-saver guided tour. Learn about the evolution of the picturesque waterfront city, from the gold rush frenzy to the advent of the cable-car. Highlights include the sea lions on Pier 39, stunning views overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, and a stop at the historic Old Del Monte Fruit Cannery. Upgrade to include a sightseeing cruise along the water.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Visit some of the top attractions along San Francisco's famous waterfront: Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 with this special tour and Alcatraz ticket upgrade option. Save time and see more. During this 75 minute walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, the cable car system, earthquakes and much more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

San Francisco Private SUV Tour see all main attraciton in under 3 hours

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Experience the best San Francisco attractions. Private tour just for your party. Luxury SUV, knowledgeable and courteous driver. We encourage you to customize this tour to make it as unique as possible, making it unforgettable, one in a lifetime experience.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Sailing Tour

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Go sailing on the San Francisco Bay on a spectacular sailboat cruise from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Head to the Golden Gate Bridge for sweeping views of the Marin Headlands, Tiburon and Sausalito, then glide across the bay, passing Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, The Presidio, Crissy Field, Ghirardelli Square, and the Bay Bridge. You can enjoy two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, beer or soda, and ask your captain and crew any questions you may have along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco - the City by the Bay with its rolling hills and never ending water views- with Unlimited Biking on a beautiful bike ride along the city's stunning waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge, towards the quaint coastal community of Sausalito. Tours depart daily at 10am from Unlimited Biking's storefront on 887 Beach Street, at the foot of Ghirardelli Square and last for three hours. To ensure a personalized guest experience, each tour will be held in a small-group format of no more than 15 guests. After departing from Ghirardelli Square at the western end of Fisherman's wharf, guests will bike through the green hillside of Fort Mason, the Marina District, through Crissy Fields, up to and across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then down the Marin Headlands into Sausalito. There, guests can either stay to explore Sausalito on their own, or take the ferry back to San Francisco. Guests on this small-group bike tour will be fitted with high quality Cannondale bikes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Alcatraz Visit and the San Fran Tour Sampler Platter with Pier 39 Lunch Included

Alcatraz Visit and the San Fran Tour Sampler Platter with Pier 39 Lunch Included

Experience this classic San Francisco "Sanpler" express! Combine Inside Alcatraz prison with an Express van visit to Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco side) by deluxe ride from Fisherman's Wharf. Relax with time for walking and photos at the bridge! Pass by Ghirardelli Square as you taste the chocolate sample provided! See the Palace of Fine Arts as we drive by on the way back! Tour ends at Pier 39 to enjoy an included light fare snack food voucher. View the sea lions before walking one pier over to board your Alcatraz ferry. This Half day experience gets you the iconic SF must sees in an economical hassle free way. No frills..just thrills! Total time is 5 hours (3 hours at Alcatraz/30 minutes at Bridge/30 minutes each way driving time and one hour Pier 39 lunch time.) Tour will typically start in Fisherman's Wharf mid morning and end at Pier 39. Alcatraz is often the last portion and is in late afternoon slots. Some days events may be reversed based on Alcatraz time slots.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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4-Hour Painted Ladies and Haight-Ashbury GoCar Tour

4-Hour Painted Ladies and Haight-Ashbury GoCar Tour

On this tour, you will see everything on the extensive 3 hour tour plus you will take the options that include a winding detour to the top of Twin Peaks, 922 feet above the City, where on a clear day you can see an epic panoramic view of San Francisco. You will then descend back down to Alamo Square to view the Painted Ladies, made famous by the popular TV show Full House, working your way back to the Presidio and Lombard Street.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)

Family Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off + Madame Tussauds + 7D Experience)

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Tour San Francisco at your own pace on this hop-on, hop-off tour of the City by the Bay, along with a 7D Experience at Pier 39 and Exploratorium passes. Take advantage of a 24-hour bus pass to explore the city easily at your own pace with narration on board. Admission to both the Exploratorium on the Embarcadero and the 7D Experience at Fisherman's Wharf included anytime during opening hours.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.99
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24-Hour Bike Rental in San Francisco

24-Hour Bike Rental in San Francisco

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Despite its many hills, San Francisco is a fun city to explore by bike, and this 24-hour bicycle rental allows you to see it at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Pick up your bike at a convenient Fishermans Wharf location, then go where you like, perhaps riding through the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon. Your rental includes maps and use of equipment such as helmet and lock.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.80
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Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

Custom 3 hour Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$302.57
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Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

Entertaining Tour of San Francisco

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Getting there is half the fun. My Expedition is more like a Gondola. On stage since age 5, I will entertain you with singing, car karaoke, juggling and stories from my weird and fun life where home ran away from me when I was 15 and I joined the Circus. As a Lyft and Uber driver for 3 years I learned where to go in San Francisco. Testimonials: "Honestly the best ride I’ve ever had. The man has the voice of an angel and the personality of Johnny Carson. Could not recommend a better driver. " "Fantastic driver and extremely entertaining!!!!!"
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  • 5 hours
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$461.54
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Muir Woods + Fisherman's Wharf + Sausalito Tour

Muir Woods + Fisherman's Wharf + Sausalito Tour

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Visit some of SF's top attractions along our famous waterfront: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Sausalito and Muir Woods. This is a full day experience and well worth it. During your 2.5 hour walking tour you'll learn about the rich history of the area with one of our highly rated guides, all while taking in amazing views. You'll visit iconic landmarks and hear incredible stories about the gold rush, cable cars, sea lions, earthquakes and much more. After a leisurely lunch in Sausalito and stroll along the waterfront shops and galleries get ready to be impressed by the truly magical experience that is Muir Woods! Learn about how John Muir, one of the first conservationists, donated 300 acres of his land to the government for protection with the help of President Roosevelt. Today Muir Woods is a National Monument that inspires reflection and reverence for these 1000 year old trees. You'll board the Muir Woods shuttle to and from Sausalito for a seamless and unforgettable day in the bay!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.60
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The Highlights of San Francisco Bike Tour

The Highlights of San Francisco Bike Tour

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This guided tour takes about 4 hours, including various stops near essential attractions while our guides provide in-depth narration and stop for photo opportunities at famous sights and hidden gems throughout the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Zip From Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge on this 2.5 Hour Electric Scooter Tour

Zip From Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge on this 2.5 Hour Electric Scooter Tour

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Cruise through San Francisco on an electric scooter with this small-group tour from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow a local guide to see landmarks including Maritime Park, Marina Green, and Ghiradelli Square. Take in the views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge during the journey.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Scavenger Hunt: Along Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt: Along Fisherman’s Wharf

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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San Francisco Fishermans Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt

San Francisco Fishermans Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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This tourist scavenger hunt will take you from Fishermans Wharf to Russian Hill and North Beach! In fact, it will take you to all the major sites, museums and lookout points, as well as a few hidden gems.
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  • 3 hours
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