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Magic Bus

280 Geary St, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815
+1 855-969-6244
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Magic Bus. Magic Bus blends past and present in a psychedelic journey through San Francisco's rich counter-culture history. This two-hour “trip” aboard a brightly painted vintage bus weaves a visual narrative of San Francisco from Beatniks to the Summer of Love and beyond! With retractable window screens and digital micro-projectors, Magic Bus uses innovative technology to create a mobile movie theater on a bus. See San Francisco through a new window of altered perception and historical context. Sing along to classic tunes with our hippie hostess. Flash peace signs to passers-by as bubbles swirl from the bus. Stroll through the grass in Golden Gate Park with a flower in your hair, all on your time-traveling adventure aboard Magic Bus! Building on a 30 year history of original, site-specific productions, including the original Alcatraz Cell House Tour, Antenna Theater presents a new kind of tour experience- the Magic Bus!
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
280 Geary St, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815
Union Square
+1 855-969-6244

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Chris Hardman, who with his Antenna Theatre in the Bay Area is the progenitor of Walkman site specific theatre, has a new venture, celebrating the 50th anni of the Summer of Love. The Magic Bus is a socio-political historical fun freakout bus tour, oozing with...More

Thank Brad S
Reviewed 5 September 2017

You have to suspend disbelief for a couple of hours and have fun. A trip around SF in an old bus which has been painted in psychedelic colours which blows bubbles out of the back whilst playing old 60's music does require a certain frame...More

Thank Peter C
ZipperyZap, creator at Magic Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Well written and thought out. Thanks for you effort.

Reviewed 27 August 2017

Had a great time but I do think it was over priced for what it was. Was expecting more of a theatrical interactive experience but it was really just one lady, some videos, and a drive around town... she was lovely and it was fun,...More

Thank Ltravel212
Reviewed 21 August 2017

The Magic Bus is not just a tour,it's a trip. As a hippie from the 60's I absolutely loved this. It was so much fun! The tour guide was dressed in 60's apparel as were some of the passengers; I came in my floppy hat...More

Thank catlady001
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This tour was fantastic. The bus was so fun and comfortable with these great screens that cover the windows and become a movie with terrific history. We took the 50 th anniversary tour of the summer of love, our tour guide Gia (not sure of...More

Thank LauraGilbert
Reviewed 14 August 2017

As life long California natives and a veteran of The Summer of Love, I thought that this would be relatively entertaining but that I knew all about the subject. WRONG. We started out in Union Square, being welcomed aboard by our tie dye garbed tour...More

Thank smc017
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We had such fun! My daughter just moved to San Francisco and I visited from the east coast. We thought it would be fun to tour the city on the Magic Bus and we were right. From the moment they picked us up in front...More

Thank debonvine
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Loved the whole experience. Gaia and Tripsy were super. AV super though MALE made. 60s revolution and no mention of women's lib and the pill. We were and are 50 per cent!!!!! AV meshed well with the recent V&A Revolution exhibition (London) which more comprehensively...More

Thank lorriemarc
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is a fun hybrid experience--part bus tour, part multi-media theater event. The tour focuses on the Haight-Ashbury district and the 1967 "Summer of Love." The bus is a converted school bus, with bench seating facing the windows, giving you a great view. Shades that...More

Thank Bargainhunter
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

What a unique experience! You board a redone school bus painted with psychedelic renderings. The inside of the bus has been gutted with outward looking seating, psychedelic light balls, and movie screens. The movie screens show news clips from the 60's for those folks who...More

Thank Tapdancer618
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Azita A
9 August 2017|
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Response from Bargainhunter | Reviewed this property |
The schedule varies depending on the day. See the magic bus website for details. I'd give you the link, but TripAdvisor won't allow a link to be posted in an answer to a question. But you can find it via a Google search.