Waterfront South of Mission Bay:
Emergence of a Destination 

Neighborhood: Dogpatch, Mission Bay


A shoreline of industrial piers, low-slung warehouses and vacant lots has transformed in recent decades to a world-class recreation destination.  Stroll with us along the waterfront in the Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods.  Learn how a stinky area formerly known as the tar flats has emerged as a home to two major arenas, a college campus, restaurants, and a few bohemian throwbacks to San Francisco’s prior years.

Strolls will follow a strict no-contact policy, so rather than accepting donations at the conclusion of a walk, people will be asked to donate $15 per person online when reserving their spot. City Guides is earmarking most of that donation to support history education in San Francisco through the Fracchia Prize that City Guides co-sponsors with the San Francisco Historical Society.

Note that these strolls are limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required.

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Next Tours

  • Wednesday, August 5 at 4:00 pm given by SF City Guides
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This tour is 2 hours long.

Please remember to bring a face mask.  Attendees without proper face coverings will not be permitted to go on the tour.

For a complete list of our safety precautions, please click here.


Please meet your guide at Northwest corner of 20th and Illinois.

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