Activities in San Francisco

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship (Up to 60% Off)

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

Historically accurate and still operational, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public year round

$24 $12

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Chocolate Tour with Seven Tastings for One, Two or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

San Francisco

Explore the tastes of Ghirardelli, Chocolatier Blue, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and more during chocolate tour

$50 $25

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Visit for 2, 4, 6, or 15 to Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze (Up to 51% Off)

Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze

Fisherman's Wharf

77 mirrors make up perplexing hallways, twists, and dead-ends in a 2,000 sq. ft. maze lit with black lights

$10 $5

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$19.99 for a 90-Minute Holiday-Lights Trolley Tour from Gray Line of San Francisco ($27.99 Value)

Gray Line of San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf

Groups take in the sights and sounds of the holidays with a 90-minute trolley tour that passes some of the city’s most notable landmarks

$27.99 $19.99

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$38 for a Golden Gate Park Segway Tour from Segway Tours Electric Tour Company ($70 Value)

Segway Tours Electric Tour Company

Golden Gate Park Location

A guide leads and narrates a 7-mile tour through the Eastern section of Golden Gate Park past photo-worthy views and historic landmarks

$70 $38

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$99 for a 3.5-Hour Jewelry-Making 101, 102, or 103 Class at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts ($235 Value)

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts

San Francisco

Students make silver necklaces, rings, or earrings while working at a traditional jewelry bench inside a pro studio

$235 $99

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Museum Visit for Two or Four with Poster at The Beat Museum (Up to 61% Off)

The Beat Museum

North Beach

Artifacts and stories from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat Generation figures populate museum

$31 $12

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5 or 10 Classes at The Park Gym (Up to 80% Off)

The Park Gym

Mission

CrossFit and boxing classes help participants get into shape

$160 $39

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One Month of Ballet Classes for an Adult or Child at 1st Russian Ballet School (51% Off)

1st Russian Ballet School

Lower Pacific Heights

Director Julia Zharova and a team of Russian-trained dancers help adults and children master the graceful, precise movements of ballet

$200 $99

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Membership for 1 or 2, or Private Tour for Up to 10 from San Francisco City Guides (Up to 54% Off)

San Francisco City Guides

Civic Center

70+ monthly tours offered year-round, each focused on the architecture, history, and legends of San Francisco

$75 $35

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Being Yoga with Trishna (Up to 64% Off)

Being Yoga with Trishna

First Voice Studio

Hatha yoga classes fuse breath and movement with held poses and meditation for a dynamic yet relaxing experience

$60 $27

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Mountain or Hybrid Bike Rental or Three-Hour Guided Bike Tour for Two at Blazing Saddles (Up to 50% Off)

Blazing Saddles

Multiple Locations

Deluxe rental bikes whisk riders away on self-guided or guided tours of San Francisco, the Bay, and surrounding landmarks

$72 $36

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$76 for $170 Groupon — Bushido Fight Team

Bushido Fight Team

San Francisco

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$170 $76

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Piano or Guitar Lessons at Exploring Music (Up to 62% Off). Four Options Available.

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

$70 $29

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Two Yoga Classes at Office Yoga (70% Off)

Office Yoga

Bayview

From the merchant: Classes are designed to relieve the aches and pains from sitting at work. Step away from the desk and move your body!

$300 $90

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Airsoft Shooting Session for Two or a One-Month Membership at International Spy Shop (Up to 70% Off)

International Spy Shop

Fisherman's Wharf

Visitors take aim with airsoft guns during a shooting-range session; 007 special access members receive discounts on future airsoft visits

$199.86 $59

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Integral Yoga Institute (Up to 75% Off)

Integral Yoga Institute

Castro

Instructors teach yoga and meditation classes that emphasize breath, form, and the harmonious development of the individual

$120 $35

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Interactive Laser-Shooting Experience Packages for 2, 4, or Up to 15 at 7D Experience (Up to 52% Off)

7D Experience

Fisherman's Wharf

Experience the illusion of a roller coaster ride while zapping on-screen opponents on the DarkRide; Dodge laser beams during LaZer Challenge

$30 $16

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Two or Four Salsa Classes for One or Four Salsa Classes for Two at Dance SF (Up to 70% Off)

Dance SF

Multiple Locations

Beginners’ classes focus on basic footwork and rhythm; intermediate classes cover more complex patterns

$40 $12

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Quick: talk about river otters. Here are a few facts to get you started: they're members of the weasel family, they can swim at speeds reaching 7 miles per hour, and a group of them is known, tellingly, as a romp. The keepers at Aquarium of the Bay have spent months studying these sorts of facts and figures, studiously preparing for the arrival of their brand-new residents. In Otters: Watershed Ambassadors, these river kings and queens get some well-earned attention, with exhibits tracing everything from their daily habits to their conservation status.

The otters aren't alone, of course. The 50,000 square foot facility houses three main exhibit areas devoted entirely to marine life native to San Francisco Bay. These include Under the Bay, where Moon Jellies float amidst ambient lighting inside a 725-gallon cylinder tank. They share the exhibit with two tunnel tanks, which provide an undersea view of giant Pacific octopuses, spiny dogfish, swirling schools of anchovies, and the sevengill shark, the largest shark native to the bay. Visitors eager to put their other senses to work can head over to the aquarium's touch pools, where their fingertips can graze juvenile bat rays, leopard sharks, and sea stars.

Daily programs enrich visits with interactive presentations in the Bay Lab?the aquarium's land animal area?including feeding shows. And though not included in this Groupon and membership, behind the scenes tours escort guests through all of the aquarium's highlights. Over in the Bay Theater, 3D films and award-winning documentaries examine subjects such as shark species and marine conservation, while magician Timothy Noonan's 75-minute interactive show blends family-friendly comedy with illusions such as pulling a whale out of a hat.

2 Beach St.
San Francisco,
CA
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The curators of The GLBT History Museum—the first stand-alone museum of its kind in the U.S.—know the GLBT experience is not the same for everybody. That’s why their flagship exhibit, “Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History,” doesn’t just tell one narrative, but encompasses multiple, sometimes contradictory, perspectives. Broken into sections focusing on themes such as bar life, faith, and drag culture, the exhibition, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, collectively “packs a huge emotional and education punch." To illustrate 100 years of the city’s queer history, the exhibit includes everything from retro gay bar flyers to pantsuits worn by lesbian activists on their wedding day in 2008.

Along with its main exhibit, the museum hosts rotating materials from international collections that document the queer experience in countries such as Scotland and South Africa. Every one to four months, the Corner Gallery accommodates a new show dedicated to subjects such as African-American LGBT history or direct action during the AIDS epidemic. Besides exhibitions, the museum educates guests throughout the year with programming such as panel discussions and film screenings.

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Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

4127 18th Street
San Francisco,
CA
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Dancing with the Stars cast members Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska, whose 2007 wedding with each other was celebrated in People magazine, opened up Genesis Dance Sport Studio to share their expertise with kids and adults. Before stepping into the role of business owner, Sliwinska found success on the international dance circuit and in TV commercials in her native Poland before meeting the Russian-born Mazo at a ballroom-dance competition in England. The duo danced together for years at national and international events before skyrocketing to fame on the popular ABC dance show where Mazo won the first season's competition with General Hospital star Kelly Monaco. Sliwinska has twirled with a slew of celebrities—including Evander Holyfield and Joey Lawrence—during her 10 glamorous seasons with the show. The husband-and-wife team has also produced the instructional DVDs “Dancing like the Pros” and “Fitness with the Pros," which help people improve their moves and become agile enough to solve a Rubik's Cube with their feet.

Sliwinska currently acts as both an instructor and the creative director of the studio, which is a welcoming, down-to-earth space that Mazo's parents originally opened in 1994. Here, she and the other experienced instructors boost students' self-confidence and social skills as they teach them the cha-cha, rumba, and swing. Many of their students have even gone on to garner accomplishments within the dance industry. The studio also offers courses for weddings and dance-based fitness classes that combine ballroom moves with plyometric training and yoga.

404 Clement St
San Francisco,
CA
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Juicy Liberty Sanchez and Steve23 traveled separate, yet intertwining paths before becoming partners in life and in yoga. Juicy was hooked on Bikram yoga after her first class in 2001, during which she fell down many times, but continued to rise to the challenge, both literally and figuratively. As time went on, she grew more interested in yoga than in her erstwhile law career. In 2005, Juicy asked Steve23?making ends meet as an artist?if he wanted to attend a Bikram teacher training with her. It was then they discovered that they had almost met on several occasions in years past. The rest, as they say, is history: the duo became the owners of Bikram Yoga in the Mission in 2006 and was married the following year in Honolulu at another Bikram teacher training. The bright turquoise and orange studio is a vibrant, funky homage to their Latino heritage and Indian culture, complete with murals and artwork painted by the teachers and students.

They and their team of certified Spanish-speaking instructors help perpetuate a yoga method developed by Bikram Choudhury. The sequence of 26 postures, performed in a heated studio, works to stimulate and strengthen every nook and cranny of the human frame. The hot surroundings are designed to loosen muscles, promote flexibility, and add authenticity to karaoke versions of "Hot Blooded." Within the 1,500-square-foot yoga room, up to 70 students become more limber beneath an electric-blue ceiling painted with white swirls that resemble clouds.

2390 Mission St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Seated in your kayak, you're surrounded by cerulean waters that stretch out into the horizon. To your left, the San Francisco skyline looms in the shimmering afternoon sun. You drift by a raucous Giants game, a village of houseboats, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Led through undulating waters by American Canoe Association– and Wilderness First Aid–certified guides, San Francisco Kayak & Adventures' nautical tour groups traverse the San Francisco Bay or Sausalito waterfront during the day, at sunset, and under the light of the full moon. The guides lead their groups through calm costal waters in sturdy, closed-deck tandem kayaks, which keep legs dry and don't require typical Flintstone-style paddling. The guides regale their group with area history while pointing out local marine life. They only shepherd about eight paddlers to keep tours intimate and personal and customize paddling instruction to the ability levels of the group.

Guides also help visitors explore the natural world on land during hiking excursions between redwood trees in Muir Woods, along a coastal trail in the Tennessee Valley, and past ghost-town buildings at China Camp Village. To expand visitors' wilderness exposure, they also lead adventures such as sailing, rock-climbing, cycling in the city, horseback riding on the beach, and sleeping in phone booths.

489 Terry A Francois Boulevard
San Francisco,
CA
US

Since 1963, the Chinese Historical Society of America has collected the documents and artifacts that chronicle the history of Chinese American citizens. The society's permanent collections are typified by pieces such as One Hundred Years’ History of the Chinese in America, a vivid mural by Chinatown native James Leong that charts the progress of Chinese Americans over the course of 100 years. On a smaller scale, the Chinatown Miniatures Collection depicts three-dimensional scenes of San Francisco's Chinatown as it looked before artist Frank Wong built his shrink ray. Other exhibits change frequently, often in conjunction with special events hosted for members and their guests.

The museum can't contain every bit of Chinese American history, however. With that in mind, the society’s guides lead school groups on walking tours through the bustling streets and alleyways of San Francisco's Chinatown. Free from the confines of the museum, they point out the neighborhood’s distinct architectural landmarks and underlying social significance. Throughout the year, the museum also puts out publications such as the CHSA Bulletin, which chronicles different stories within the Chinese American community.

965 Clay St
San Francisco,
CA
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