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    Intro to Rock Climbing

    Sports Basement
    Looking to get vertical? Get your rock climbing career off the ground with an introductory lesson! Tackle various routes over the course of a day that will teach you the skills to begin a safe and rewarding career rock climbing. Learn the terms, all about the the gear, and the basics of knot tying. Get practical, hands-on experience belaying and master techniques for climbing such as proper footwork and grip finding. For those who enjoy challenging themselves physically and mentally, this is one experience that won't let you down -- At least, not without a harness!
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    Introduction to Beekeeping

    San Francisco Honey and Pollen Co
    Dare to live on the wild side? Then come take this hands-on beginner beekeeping class, where you'll learn all the fundamentals of basic, backyard beekeeping from a local experienced beekeeper! Through discussion and hands-on instruction, you will learn about the infrastructure of a working hive, the production of honey and pollen, and the protection of the beloved Queen. Begin with a lecture where you will begin to understand why bees are so important to local agriculture, as well as how easy it can be to set up and care for your very own hive. Then, suit up to look like a real beekeeper and enter the apiary to get hands-on experience! And the sweetest part of the class has yet to come: End your day tasting SF Honey & Pollen Co.'s artesian, microclimate honeys and pollen, all locally harvested from the Bay Area. What are you waiting for? Become the bees-knees and sign-up today!
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    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    Bay City Bike
    New to San Francisco and don't know where to go? Or maybe you've always lived in the city, but never had the time to explore. True to the Californian nature of going green, hop on a bike and take this iconic tour through SF! You will start in Fisherman's Wharf, one of the only true ones left in America. As you cycle along the coast, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, dolphins, and military forts, as well as some of San Francisco's most elegant neighborhoods! Then you'll bike over to the Golden Gate Bridge, where -- no shame! -- you can be as touristy as you want. Past the bridge your last stop will be quaint Sausalito, a small waterside city just outside of San Francisco. So what are you waiting for? The beautiful coastline awaits!
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    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    Bay City Bike
    There's more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge! By leading you through various local neighborhoods, this urban bike tour will have you realizing just how dynamic this city is. You'll explore the back alleys of North Beach's "Little Italy," and get to take photos of the Transamerica Pyramid. Then you'll hit up Barbary Coast along with San Francisco's historical supper clubs. As you bike through this area, learn about how the neighborhoods transformed from scandalous to sparkling! Channel some black and orange when you ride around the Giant's AT&T Ballpark, then venture into the Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods, each of which is a unique community with equally unique locals. Lastly, head to Nopa where you'll find the famous Painted Ladies houses of Alamo Square. From there you'll visit the Civic Center, cycle into Polk Gulch, San Francisco's original gay neighborhood, and finish up in Aquatic Park!
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    Mirror Maze

    Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
    SF Weekly says Magowan’s Infinte Mirror Maze “ is possibly the most psychedelic place one can legally reach within the city limits. Black lights set this labyrinth of mirrors a glow, making you completely lose track of where you are and where you are trying to go. Plus, they let you stay and trip out as long as you want.” Created by Charles Magowan, the Mirror Maze is great for all ages. Admission is valid all day, and children aged 5 and younger are admitted for free. Whether you are visiting San Francisco or live here, Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is an attraction you must experience. Yelp! reviewers have said it is the best $5 you will spend in San Francisco.
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    Vampire Walking Tour

    Trying to really sink your teeth into San Francisco? The Vampire Tour of San Francisco ought to get your blood flowing. Led by Mina Harker herself (sort of), this mostly true tour of the city is rife with fun vampire lore and humor. You'll begin your walk on the supernatural side near the Grace Cathedral, spending 20 minutes looking into its history. Then you'll head to Nob Hill Cafe, learning about what sat on those very same grounds (or didn't). More foolery arises as you make your way to Huntington Park and the Pacific-Union Club. Next up, ghost stories at the Fairmont Hotel, widely considered one of San Francisco's paranormal hotspots and one of the world's most famous hotels. You'll take a peek inside of the famous Venetian Room, before hopping across the street to the Mark Hopkins Hotel, where you'll learn about the hotel's founder. Along the way, you'll learn historical and faux-historical facts that will leave you intrigued and questioning reality. This is the perfect tour for those with quirky senses of humor and fanciful imaginations.
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    GoCar The Road Less Traveled (Fisherman's Wharf)

    GoCar Rentals Inc
    Are you wondering how you are going to see everything this city has to offer in just one trip? Well, if there was ever a right way to do it, it is in a GoCar! A GoCar is a zippy, yellow, tiny two-seater that is fun and easy to drive. It is not only capable of GPS navigation, telling you when to turn, but will also tell you stories the whole way to make it a guided learning experience! Let GoCar guide you on a winding detour to the top of Twin Peaks, 922 feet above the City, where on a clear day you can see an epic panoramic view of San Francisco. You will then descend back down to Alamo Square to view the Painted Ladies, made famous by the popular TV show Full House, followed by an option to venture off to Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. You will finish by working your way back down with your choice of the Downtown area or Presidio and Lombard Street.
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    Social Justice Murals Walk

    Thinkwalks
    Sometimes all you need is a good walk in a beautiful place to get your brain tuned to what matters most in this world. San Francisco allows you to do just that on this Social Justice Thinkwalk. You could wander on your own, or you can take this ThinkWalk through the Mission's famous mural areas, as your guide regales you with insight, history and street stories. The discussion is deeply informed by research into how the Native American lineage of art came to San Fran and how street culture adopted it. This Thinkwalk will provide you the perfect frame to grasp your learnings on the history of social justice in America.
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    Night Walking Ghost Tour

    Chinatown Magic
    Watch the tales of San Francisco's Chinatown's supernatural past and present come to life, as you travel through its historic and mysterious streets and alleyways on this after hours haunted tour! The mystical folklore of this spirited San Francisco enclave will keep you on edge, as you drink in the chilling experiences of the Chinatown inhabitants of both yesterday and today. San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the United States, has been a popular shopping, dining and sightseeing destination for over a century. Yet most outsiders have never experienced the extrasensory realm of vintage Chinatown after dark. Some say that specters from decades of Chinatown history emerge just after twilight. Follow your guide by lamplight as you journey through the neighborhood passageways where these lively spirits are said to bide their time. All the while, learn about the reverence still offered to the Goddess Kwan Yin and the hungry spirits, along with the secrets of the magic moon cake. Not a believer in ghosts? This tour can change that in an instant.
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    Mountain Biking I: Introduction

    Sports Basement
    Ready to rock and roll? Hop on a mountain bike and dodge the rocks as you roll down the beautiful trails in China Camp State Park. Get ready for the ride with your experienced instructor who will take you through the basic techniques of mountainbiking before you hit the trail. You'll get a feel for your bike on this four to eight mile trail ride over moderate terrain. Apply all of the tips from you expert guides as you get a taste for the sport of mountain biking. Don't forget your helmet -- it's going to be a rocky ride!
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