SF Free Things to Do Overview

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San Francisco has it all: a rich history, vibrant locals, public transportation, and a whole lotta things to do that don’t cost a cent.

One of the best free things to do in San Francisco is explore the city’s vast parks. Golden Gate Park offers 174 acres of space where hikers, joggers, bikers, skaters, and strollers hang out without having to open their wallet. For the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, head a little farther north to The Presidio, a well-guarded military outpost for more than 200 years that wasn’t open to the public until 1994.

Anyone not bothered by crowds and tourists can keep their checkbook closed while taking in the sights at Fisherman’s Warf, where sunning sea lions are snapped en masse by amateur photographers. Then there’s the nearby Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, where purveyors give out free samples galore.

For a leisurely look at some of San Francisco’s street art, take a bike ride to El Corazón in the Mission for a glimpse of some murals depicting South American history that’s painted on the outside of stores.

Of course, attending one of the many San Francisco parades or festivals that take place throughout the year provides a real taste of the local culture…without having to worry about a price tag.

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