San Francisco Cable Car Museum

San Francisco Cable Car Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Francisco: 2.5-Hour Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

1. San Francisco: 2.5-Hour Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

Explore San Francisco’s historic waterfront from the back of a self-balancing, eco-friendly Segway on this 2.5-hour tour, including a 45-50 minute training session on how to safely operate your vehicle. Your fully narrated route features spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, including Fish Alley, Fisherman's Chapel, the World War II Liberty Ship, and Submarine Pampanito.  Go behind the scenes to see where the fishing industry, fleet, and seafood processing are located, and catch the scent of the Dungeness crab stands in Fisherman's Wharf. Time permitting, you can take a loop through North Beach and San Francisco's Little Italy. On alternate days, a different route is taken, traveling from the Wharf area towards the Golden Gate Bridge. This loop glides through the Marina District, past the yacht harbors, and along Marina Green to the Palace of Fine Arts.

San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

2. San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

This live narrated 60-90 minute tour of San Francisco includes the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city, such as the Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Embarcadero. Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, the tour covers all the major attractions of San Francisco during the evening hours, with spectacular views from the top of an original open top double decker Bus. Exact highlights may vary according to the season, weather conditions, and San Francisco's famous traffic, Chinatown, and Union Square, San Francisco’s shopping Mecca. You will also go to Treasure island, across the Bay Bridge, to get spectacular views of the skyline of San Francisco. On your return, you will see the ferry building, Alcatraz Pier, Pier 39, and more on your way up Embarcadero. Depending on the time of the year, it may not be entirely dark on this tour, but you will either see the city glittering at night, or in the lovely light of dusk.

San Francisco VIP Segway Tour: Waterfront and Hills

3. San Francisco VIP Segway Tour: Waterfront and Hills

Get VIP views of San Francisco’s waterfront, wharf, and hills on a private Segway tour that includes a cruise through Aquatic Park and ends at Municipal Pier. En route, you will pass myriad attractions, such as the Maritime National Historical Park for panoramic views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. After your brief training session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your self-balancing, eco-friendly mode of transport, climb the slopes of Russian Hill, the affluent residential neighborhood that takes its name from the Gold Rush era when settlers discovered a small Russian cemetery at the top of the hill. Peek down paths to see some of San Francisco’s 350 secret stairways. Climb past the cable cars to reach the summit of Lombard Street, the “Crookedest Street in the World.” Continue down the world’s most famous twisting street toward North Beach, heading down the slopes of Telegraph Hill. Experience the European (predominantly Italian) flavor of North Beach. Stop to admire the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Washington Square Park at the heart of Little Italy. Next, you will go to Pier 39, home to San Francisco’s famous sea lions. Glide past the historic fishing fleet of the wharf, and smell the Pacific Ocean before scooting back to the start point. The hills portion of the route may be adjusted or canceled based on rider ability and guest safety. Route changes are at the discretion of the tour guide. Please note: Bring an extra layer of warm, wind resistant clothing. Rain ponchos, knit gloves and warm jackets are available for guest use. Please leave bulky backpacks at home.

Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

4. Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco

Want to turn downtown San Francisco into your own personal giant board game? Urban Adventure Quest created an interactive Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt that lets you do just that. On this 3-hour sightseeing tour of San Francisco, you’ll be guided through the city from any smart phone. This is the perfect tour for groups – large or small – looking to make their way to the most well-known sites, along with some hidden gems that the city tries to keep secret. Race to be the first to finish the game, or take as much time as you need, solving clues, completing challenges and learning about local history along the way. The adventure begins in Yerba Buena Park and takes you on a well-designed course through Union Square, Chinatown, and down to the waterfront. You’ll explore approximately 2 miles of guided walking tour and use the city’s cable cars at one point in the game. Use your smart phone as your guide and determine your own pace. Feel like stopping to grab some dim sum in Chinatown? No Problem. Want to grab an ice cream at Fisherman's Wharf? Go for it! You’re on your own schedule. This tour is offered at a fixed group price instead of a per person pricing scale, so this is the perfect city adventure for groups who want to get the best bang for their buck. Points of Interest on Your Quest: Union Square China Town Cable Car Museum Ghirardelli Hyde Pier

San Francisco Hills & Crooked Street Guided Segway Tour

5. San Francisco Hills & Crooked Street Guided Segway Tour

This 2 hour 45 minute tour takes you on the newest and most challenging Segway route in San Francisco. The advanced tour is for those who have ridden a Segway before, want to see a bit more, and would like to test the machine a little further. What better testing grounds than the hills of San Francisco! The tour includes scooting up Russian Hill, riding down the Crookedest Street in the World, seeing the sights in North Beach/Little Italy, and gliding along the waterfront. You’ll start with 20-25 minutes of refresher training. The total time for the program is 2.5-3 hours. The refresher includes hands-on training with an instructor, a training video, a test ride and skills review, rider courtesy instruction, and review of the rules of the road. Advanced Tour Sights and Stops Your narrated tour features spectacular views of San Francisco Bay • Cruise through Aquatic Park and to the end of Municipal Pier • Climb the slopes of Russian Hill • Peek down hidden stairways and paths • Climb past the cable cars to the peak of Lombard Street • Return to the waterfront near Pier 39 • Glide past the historic Wharf Fishing Fleet This tour is subject to a minimum of 4 participants, and groups will be combined. Advance reservations are required. Additional requirement for Advanced Segway Tour: Previous Segway experience is required. All riders must have taken at least a 2-hour guided Segway tour on the newer i2 Segway within the last 2 years. Test rides and tours on older Segway models do not qualify. There are no exceptions. Note for all participants: Bring an extra layer of warm, wind resistant clothing. Rain ponchos, knit gloves and warm jackets are available for guest use. Please leave bulky backpacks at home.

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What people are saying about San Francisco Cable Car Museum

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 412 reviews

We had a great time…2 first time riders.(1 adult, 1 teen) and one 2nd time rider. Just enough training and perfect pace. Just enough time for stops and picture taking. Highly recommend!

We had a private tour with 2 tour guides Jack and Doug. They showed us the interesting places and had to tell a lot. We really enjoyed it. Worthwhile and good value for money.

For the first time Segway rider, the tour was smooth and fun, all thanks to our tour guide Jack, both knowledgeable and helpful

Great way to see some of San Fran. Jack the tour guide was friendly and reply informative with good sense of humour!

So much fun! Our guide Jack was fantastic, knowledgeable and funny would highly recommend this tour.