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The Castro

The Castro
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Local Culture, Architecture, History, Shopping
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Notes: Wheelchair accessibility varies for individual businesses.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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The Castro

The Gay Mecca, and Much More

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Castro St and 18th
San Francisco, CA 94114


This historic neighborhood is without a doubt the heart and soul of San Francisco's high-profile gay community. Formerly known as Eureka Valley, this hilly community is bordered by Diamond Heights, Noe Valley, The Mission, and Duboce Triangle. Although described by its location, The Castro has become more than a locale. The Castro has been commonly referred to as the "gay mecca" of the world, and even a brief tour of the flamboyant shops, welcoming restaurants, and extravagant street fairs provides all the evidence needed to support this contention. Since the 1970s, The Castro's open homosexual identity has made it a worldwide pilgrimage for gays and lesbians in search of a more accepting and open environment. However, this area is not only for locals. Home to such attractions as the historic Castro Theater and the Halloween extravaganza, The Castro offers everyone a unique taste of San Franciscan culture not found anywhere else.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: Individual business times vary.
Visit Time: 1hr-Half day(4hr)
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bicycle Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Yes
Notes: As with all of San Francisco, parking may be difficult to find. Be patient.

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