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A few original outings for groups

“We know that many people form bonds by doing activities together,” says Alexandra Kenin, the founder of Urban Hiker SF. While Kenin encourages singles and couples to sign on to explore the secret nooks of San Francisco with her, Urban Hiker is especially great for groups. Kenin likes to take participants on the five-mile trek through the Presidio, where they’ll discover large-scale art by Andy Goldsworthy in the former military post. Urban Hiker has coordinated outings for Bay Area big shots like Google, Airbnb, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Feral Kevin” is a popular guide that takes participants into Golden Gate Park for a wild food walk. Don’t let the name scare you: This forage-focused adventure is rather mellow, teaching participants to identify what can be eaten and how to cook the finds. Point Reyes and the Sonoma Coast are mushroom-ready in the late fall and winter, with Sierra morels at peak in the spring and early summer.

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Want to hit the road with Lillie, Harvey, and 12 co-workers? These sweetly named 1970s-era Volkswagen vans will whisk your group away to special places. Let’s call them anti-tour buses. They roll along Highway 1, stopping at breweries. They brake for oysters in Point Reyes at Hog Island Oyster Company, and also do tours within city limits. Sign up through Vantigo. Lillie, by the way, is named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the namesake of that famous tower. As for Harvey? Think Milk.

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Man overboard! That’s one of the calls of distress heard at the San Francisco Sailing Company… All part of team building, of course! While no one is going into the Bay, the crew (that’s you and your co-workers) will have to retrieve a float: Not an easy task on a windy day.

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