Summary of The Day: This tour is a study in urban contrasts and an easy walk through the formerly semi-rural surrender dianne landscape of The Mission lands, along the banks of an erstwhile creek and vanished lake. This tour also looks at the changing demographics of this district and the resulting flashpoint of culture clashes that follow. The Mission defies definition and although it flies under the radar, this once idyllic piece of San Francisco has been the scene of more class wars, social upheaval and land grabs than anywhere else in the Bay Area, if not the state.
We will begin at the Golden Fire Hydrant and make our way through Dolores Park and head to the Mission Francisco De Asis, commonly known as The Mission Dolores. Here, we'll see the Mission Dolores Basilica which was dedicated by Pope Pious in 1951. There is a small museum on site displaying artifacts from the decimated native population and a garden full of native California plants. The graveyard, filled with tombstones of mainly Irish immigrants, is also open to the public.
Missión San Francisco de Asís was originally built close to the banks of a creek that the Spanish called "Arroyo de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores," meaning "Our Lady of Sorrows Creek. The creek, now referred to as Mission Creek, was buried under the city streets. We will roughly follow the path of the missing creek and will walk along the shores of a long lost lagoon, which appears on historic maps as Dolores Lagoon.
We will venture into the frenetic locale of 16th and Valencia Streets. This bustling stretch is the food and entertainment center of the inner Mission District. We will be stopping for a bite to eat at the taqueria that invented the burrito. You can buy your lunch here, or at one of the many other inexpensive but great places to eat; your guide will recommend a place or two. We will regroup after lunch to continue on our fascinating journey.
The creek continues toward the bay and eventually flows through the cavernous basement of the SF Armory. The Armory, built in 1914, is 200,000 square feet of Moorish castle in the heart of the Mission District. We will head towards the bay and enter the Armory up the grand staircase, through the front doors. You will be welcomed by the charming staff of Kink.com and will be given an unprecedented tour of the studios and production areas of Kink. The tour will not be conducted during production hours.
The tour usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but we may cancel the tour up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event. We do not issue refunds for tours cancelled due to weather conditions.
We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothing on the tour. San Francisco is known for the chilly weather and rolling fog, so dress in layers and be sure to bring a jacket.
Feel free to bring a bottle of water on food tours (we still do a lot of walking!).
On the tour we will have the opportunity to shop at local neighborhood venues. Some places accept cash only. Please bring a shopping bag.
Remember that we are on public streets and sidewalks; we cannot guarantee that the entire tour is accessible. Participants in wheelchairs must provide their own assistance.
While we love our pet friends, with the exception of guide dogs (not companion animals) , the tour is not appropriate for pets. Moreover, we cannot assume liability for the behavior of pets on the tour. Please find other accommodation for your pets.
In order to protect your personal property, please carry valuable items with you at all times. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any theft or loss at any location.
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