One of the most unique parts of California is the city of San Francisco. Its liberal, artsy culture, makes it a hotspot for anyone looking to express their true selves without fear of judgment.

An indirect benefit for tourists is that there is plenty to do in San Francisco that is completely free. It gives you a great opportunity to take the weight off your pocket, and have fun without having to blow your budget.

These are 5 of the best free things to do in San Francisco.

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Of course, you won’t leave San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. SF’s most famous landmark is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. It was called “the bridge that couldn’t be built”, and its creation was far from easy. But, in 1937, the bridge was opened to the public. It cost “$35 million in principal and $39 million in interest and 11 workers’ lives.” Take a walk across the 1.7 mile Golden Gate Bridge, totally free. It’s worth it!

2. Amoeba Music’s free shows

Amoeba Music is a huge record store made out of a former bowling alley. You’ll find a free show being set up in the corner – if you time your visit right. Otherwise, it’s still a sight to be seen, with vintage vinyls sold for $1 a pop.

3. Art Galleries

San Francisco boasts dozens of art galleries that are totally free to visit. Weird, unexpected art shows happen regularly, especially on weekends. Try the immense 4-floor 49 Geary. Ratio 3, and the Diego Rivera Gallery are also extremely cool.

4. Open-mic poetry slams at Cafe Royale

Cafe Royale is a Parisian style cafe, that hosts free events all week long. Their open-mic poetry slams are a particular draw. Plus, the screen independent films on a regular basis, if you’re willing to risk a trippy adventure.

Whether or not you’re looking to save money, San Francisco has loads of free attractions that would be worth paying for! These are often the best ways to take in the culture – one that is truly unique.

5. Lombard Street

Lombard Street
Lombard Street

Lombard Street is known as “the crookedest street in the world”. It’s mesmerizing to look at, with its most well known stretch containing 8 hair-pin turns in quick succession. It needs all these turns because of its steepness. Without them, people could be killed rolling down. There are also some famous homes on Lombard Street, if you know where to look.

About the author: James Greenstone is a travel writer based in South Africa.


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