Free Things  to Do in


San Francisco may have a reputation as being one of the most expensive cities in the world, but some of the best things to do in the city don't cost a single penny. Here are some of the best free things to do in San Francisco!

Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge

The toll to drive on San Franciso's most famous landmark may cost you as much as $8, but it is still absolutely free to walk across it!

Admire a view

There are no shortage of amazing viewpoints in the city, all of which don't cost a single penny. Some of the best are Twin Peaks, Bernal Heights Park, and Ina Coolbrith Park.

Go For A Hike

San Francisco's natural beauty creates ample hiking opportunities, all of which are free. Some popular hikes include Lands End and Sutro Baths, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, and Mount Sutro.

Explore the Presidio

A former military base now managed by the National Parks System, the Presidio is home to some of the best free things to do in San Francisco. Some highlights include Crissy Field, Lovers Lane, Fort Point, and Baker Beach.

Snap a photo of the Painted Ladies

Alamo Square boasts one of San Francisco's most iconic and postcard-worthy views, with the picture-perfect Painted Ladies standing in front of the city skyline.

Find hidden stairways

San Francisco has a number of hidden stairways nestled within its residential neighborhoods, featuring intricate mosaic designs. Some of the most beautiful are the 16th Avenue Steps, the Hidden Garden Steps, and the Lincoln Park Steps.

Say hi to the bison

Did you know that a herd of bison live inside Golden Gate Park? Find them in the Bison Paddock near Spreckles Lake. They are one of the best hidden gems of San Francisco!

Drive down Lomard St.

Driving down the sharp hairpin turns of Lombard Street, aka the "crookedest street in the world," is one of the most unique and free things to do in San Francisco.

Go mural hunting

San Francisco has a vibrant street art scene, and you'll find plenty of colorful murals around the city. Also be sure not to miss Clarion Alley, Balmy Alley, and Umbrella Alley for some of the city's best!