Fantastic Waterfront Time Machine Tour

San Francisco, CA , United States

About Your Host

Joseph Amster is a tour guide, journalist, historian, California native, and resident of San Francisco. As a journalist, he served as editor various magazines. With the rise of the Internet, Joseph found journalism jobs few and far between. In 2011, he and partner Rick Shelton founded Time Machine Tours. Because of their backgrounds in the performing arts, they decided to offer historical walking tours as characters from San Francisco history. Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine launched in July, 2011. Joseph combined his love of history with his culinary background to also offer San Francisco Food Safari, a shopping tour of the North Beach and Mission Districts. He is available for charter tours, lectures, weddings, and special events.

What we'll do

Emperor Norton's Fantastic Waterfront Time Machine is a lively, informative, and entertaining walking tour of historic San Francisco led by Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. The tour last approximately 2.75 hours and is two miles long. We meet every Sunday at 11 a.m. in front of the Ferry Building to hear the fascinating stories of The Embarcadero • The Emperor Norton Bridge • The Produce District • Coit Tower • The Labor Movement • Meigg's Wharf • The Muni F Line • Levi's Jeans • The Cannery • Irish Coffee • Pier 39 • Fisherman's Wharf and much more! Cost is $20, advance reservations requested. Subject to availability.



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