Making Waves on the Waterfront

Neighborhood: Embarcadero


San Francisco’s northern waterfront has long been a site of legendary innovation. Before the tech boom revolutionized the world, local inventors were dreaming up modern staples like denim jeans and TVs. Labor and human rights organizers catalyzed movements. It’s a city defined by forward progress — if you slow down, you get left in the dust.

Feel the surge of disruption that ripples throughout the San Francisco waterfront. Learn about the Gold Rush pioneers, entrepreneurs, inventors and architects that created this modern marvel of a city. We’ll explore level ground (no hills to climb), visiting a grand collection of historic sites and hidden parks, all along the sensational northern shoreline.

Next Tours

  • Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 pm given by Daniel McFarland
  • Monday, February 17 at 2:00 pm given by Spencer Whatcott
  • Sunday, February 23 at 10:00 am given by Christine Ballard
  • Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 pm given by David Soref
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2nd Saturdays at 2PM. Check Calendar for additional dates.


Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet in front of the Ferry Building under the clock tower, at the foot of Market St. Public transportation: MUNI lines 12, 14, F Historic Streetcar; MUNI/BART Embarcadero Station

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.