San Francisco is a cultural melting pot that’s always abuzz with both normal and counterculture places and activities. Even if you’re on a tight budget, there are more than a few things you can do in San Francisco that won’t cost you anything.
- Admire the Golden Gate Bridge
A trip to San Francisco is incomplete without checking out this iconic beauty. You can wander around the Promenade and Crissy field as well for a beautiful view of the bridge while wrapped in the cool breeze of the bay.
- View impressive art works
San Francisco has a vibrant and thriving art scene, and the city overflows with galleries where you can just pop in to admire the masterpieces without paying anything. You can also drop in during exhibit openings to socialize and get a few drinks for free as well. Some galleries worth visiting are 49 Geary, the Diego Rivera Gallery, and Ratio 3. You can also take advantage of the free admission days of museums and galleries all over the city, which usually fall on the first Tuesdays of the month.
- Take a free guided walking tour with the San Francisco City Guides
Exploring cities are always best done on foot. Through the San Francisco City Guides, you can choose from 90 tours, and surely you’re bound to find a couple of routes that will suit your interests and taste.
- Listen to live music at the Golden Gate Park
Free public concerts are some of the amazing ways you can discover another side of a place’s culture and its people. The Golden Gate Park band plays music ranging from Broadway music, swing, and other ethnic music, and they have been gracing the park with their lively music for over 130 years.
- Commune with nature at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
For tourists, admission is free everyday from 7:30 to 9am, and you can also join their free garden tours as well. This botanical garden has a collection of over 8,000 plants, lush greenery, and is the perfect atmosphere for a quiet and relaxing time away from the city.
- Ogle some street art
At Clarion Alley at The Mission, you can view some great pieces of eclectic and wild street art. In this stretch no work of art stays permanent as they are always being painted over to make room for new work all the time, save for a few mainstays such as Jet Martinez’s and Megan Wilson’s work. If you love graffiti and street art, this is a place that is not to be missed.
These are only a few suggestions to help you get the most out of your San Francisco experience. But to tell you the truth, this city carries its heart on its sleeve, and there is much to love about this place that opens its arms out to you and draws you in, even just by strolling around the city and admiring the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes it has to offer.