Offering never-ending ideal weather conditions, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a bike tour of Golden Gate Park. With the warmth of San Francisco sunshine upon your face, a bike tour throughout the park not only provides a refreshing burst of exercise, but also allows you to experience more Golden Gate Park attractions in less time.
While some people choose to explore the park on their own, others prefer the comfort of a guided tour that touches upon both popular sights and hidden gems. Equipped with the knowledge of local history (and sometimes folklore), consider allowing the experts of the following San Francisco tour companies to lead the way:
1. SoSF Bike Tours
Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours is a small business that offers group tours accommodating fewer people, so booking in advance is highly suggested to solidify your spot. Keep in mind that tours start and finish at the same spot – the Hayes Valley location. With the price of your tour, a helmet is included. For those who rent their bikes from the company to use during a SoSF Bike Tour, they will enjoy a 50% off discount on their rental.
Golden Gate Park bike tour options include:
• Heart of the City Tour ($65 per person) – Bikers will visit a variety of neighborhoods, including Hayes Valley, Civic Center, the Mission, Lower Haight, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, Nopa, and Alamo Square. In addition to biking about town, your guide will touch upon the local hippie history, Victorian architecture, as well as murals and street art. This tour lasts for about 3 to 3 ½ hours long, and takes you on a romp that measures 8-9 miles. Keep in mind that students, teachers, and military receive a $5 discount on this tour.
• The Classic Tour ($89 per person) – In addition to Golden Gate Park, the Classic Tour will take you to see the sights of Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, Nopa, Haight-Ashbury, Lower Haight, the Castro, the Mission, SoMa (South of Market), and Civic Center. It takes about 4-5 hours to cover the 11-12 miles of terrain that includes the colorful Mission and boutiques of Hayes Valley. Students, teachers, and military receive a $7 discount on the cost of this tour.
• 7×7 Tour ($115 per person) – The longest tour offered by SoSF Bike Tours is one that covers 17-18 miles and weaves throughout Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Richmond, the Presidio, the Marina, Fort Mason, the Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach, Mission Bay, and the Mission. It can be a tiring adventure, so make sure you are prepared to tackle minor hills during the excursion. Riders typically complete the route in 5-6 hours. In addition to park attractions, other points of interest include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Bay waterfront, and the Ferry Building. Students, teachers, and military receive a $10 discount on this tour.
2. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours
2661 Taylor Street – Fisherman’s Wharf
Phone: (415) 346-2453
Hours: Opens daily at 8 a.m.
Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours provides daily guided tours that last up to three hours, and are narrated by knowledgeable guides who lead riders from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito (at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). To enjoy a guided bike tour in Golden Gate Park, you must book a custom group tour with the company. Since 2001, the Bay City Bike team has specialized in the planning and delivering of customized group tours to fit every need – including birthday party extravaganzas to family gatherings of up to 300 people.
3. San Francyclo
746 Arguello Blvd
Phone: (415) 831-8031
Located between Golden Gate Avenue and Balboa Street, you will find San Francyclo – a company that offers guided cycling tours of San Francisco that include Golden Gate Park. Catering to all skill levels (beginner to experienced), local guides are more than ready to assist private or group tours. There are multiple routes to consider that are all customizable to meet your needs, and include the beauty of the park’s hidden trails. Bikes, helmets and water bottles are provided during your tour. You will also have the chance to stop for a beer, coffee or lunch along the way.
All bike tour rides start at the shop and will incorporate the California Academy of Sciences, De Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Dutch Windmills, Park & Beach Chalet, and Ocean Beach.
Specific Golden Gate Park-related bike tours include:
• Tourister Bike Tour ($50 per person) – This 2-hour ride is perfect for the beginner, as they breeze past Hippie Hill, the Gardens, and other historical landmarks.
• Gate Keeper Bike Tour ($125 per person) – For the intermediate or advanced rider, this tour lasts about 5 hours. Starting off with a loop throughout Golden Gate Park, you will have time to stop and take in various sights along the way.
4. Bike & Roll San Francisco
899 Columbus Avenue
Phone: (415) 229-2000
To enjoy a guided tour that includes Golden Gate Park, consider the Bike the San Francisco Neighborhoods Tour ($115 per person), which is provided by a company that offers both bike rentals and tours . Prepare to ride 10 miles about the city during a tour that takes about 5-6 hours to complete (including the time it takes to set up). Offering a moderate pace and difficulty, the tour is suggested for physically fit riders who feel comfortable maneuvering about urban settings.
Expect to ride for approximately 4 hours. In addition to Golden Gate Park, the tour includes other fine points of interest, such as the Financial District, Mission District, Haight-Ashbury, Castro District, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Palace of Fine Arts. This tour is offered daily throughout the year by reservation only.