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Gaslamp Quarter Tours

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Gaslamp Quarter
The epicenter of San Diego’s party scene, the lively Gaslamp Quarter offers much more than just pulsating nightlife. The charming downtown neighborhood is also rich with cultural museums, art galleries, concert venues, and symphony halls, plus loads of lovely alfresco eateries. But back to the nightlife: Clubs, dive bars, and cocktail lounges draw the university crowd, while diverse audiences fill the Spreckels and Balboa theaters for performing arts, comedy shows, and live music.

The Basics
The Gaslamp Quarter bustles day and (more so at) night, and exploring the area on a guided walking or Segway tour is a fun way to take in the sights no matter the time of day. The neighborhood is visited on most San Diego city sightseeing tours and is a highlight of San Diego pub crawl tours. Top Gaslamp Quarter sights include the streets lined with historic buildings, some beautifully restored to their 19th-century architectural glory; Horton Plaza Park and its grassy lawns and interactive fountain; an array of boutiques; and the 5-story Westfield Horton Plaza mall set on the district’s eastern border. Along with its many shops and cultural offerings, the district has the city’s highest concentration of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants—making it the No. 1 place to be after dark.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Gaslamp Quarter is a must-see area for shoppers, nightlife enthusiasts, and travelers who like to explore on foot.
  • If you’re traveling with kids, it’s best to visit this area during the day—things can get a little rowdy at night.
  • For a break from the bustling streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, head over to Third Avenue—the historic heart of San Diego’s Chinese community.

How to Get There
The Gaslamp Quarter is in downtown San Diego, extending from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from Fourth to Sixth Avenue. The district is easily accessible by bus and the San Diego Trolley, and is only one block away from PETCO Park—home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.

When to Get There
The historic Gaslamp Quarter’s sights, attractions, and businesses have varied opening hours. Visit after dark to see the neighborhood at its liveliest; stop by in the morning for a quieter experience.

Family Fun in the Gaslamp 
The Gaslamp Quarter isn’t all nightclubs and cocktails—there’s plenty of fun for the whole family, kids included. The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House dives into the neighborhood’s colorful history, while families can explore the whimsical exhibitions at the New Children’s Museum; shout “all aboard!” at the USS Midway Museum; take the San Diego Trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo; and ride the carousel in Seaport Village.
Address: 5th Avenue, San Diego 92101, USA
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

Explore the best eats in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego on a walking tour with an expert guide who shares the inside scoop on the district's hopping restaurant and bar scene. Sample delicious dishes at several eateries, sip drinks, and learn about the history of the district as you discover its latest incarnation as a top nightlife destination. Colorful stories shared by your guide make the history of San Diego come to life on this 2.5-hour tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Nightlife

San Diego Club Crawl

Kick off your night with the longest running club crawl in San Diego, and join a friendly crowd of 50–100 singles, groups, locals and tourists at four of the city’s hippest venues. Skip the line and forget about cover charges, and enjoy discounted drinks at the first bar. Meet new friends, raise a glass, and party the night away in the Gaslamp District, an exciting neighborhood in the heart of San Diego.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes

Ghost & Vampire Tours

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Ghost Tour - Spooks and Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl

If you're looking for a night out in San Diego, with a twist, don't settle for a regular bar hopping excursion. Instead, try this spooky ghost tour and pub crawl—the perfect choice for fans of the occult, and travelers that love a good scare. Head out on the town for craft cocktails and brews—at your own expense—along with some real-world ghost stories, and even a Victorian spirit session.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with this one- or two-day pass for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 10 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from on-board guide during your ride.
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  • 90 to 960 minutes
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  • 90 to 960 minutes

Half-day Tours

San Diego City Tour

Discover the sun-drenched attractions of San Diego on this 4-hour city tour covering the city’s top neighborhoods, historic sites and parks. Over the course of your trip, you’ll check out the museums of Balboa Park, admire the historic architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town and explore the mansions and beautiful coast in La Jolla, plus much more. It’s a great chance to pack in lots of landmarks in a short period of time. This San Diego sightseeing tour also includes round-trip hotel transport, a guide and optional upgrades to include visits to the USS Midway and Seaport Village.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Night Tours

San Diego City Lights Night Tour

Explore San Diego at night under the moonlight with this 1.5-hour city lights tour. Travel from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park and the Embarcadero. Catch sights of the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, and the Star of India. Plus ride to the top of the Coronado Bridge and see sights lit up all over the city, as well as some from Tijuana.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Half-day Tours

San Diego Scenic Tour

In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad. Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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GPS Talking GoCar 1HR Tour: Downtown & Gaslamp

Make your own way around San Diego in a GoCar, a pint-sized vehicle that lets you experience the beauty of the City in Motion and visit places tour buses can't easily go – all at your own pace! With a GPS unit onboard, it's easy to stay on course, helping you see more during your tour.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Super Saver: Self-Guided Speed Boat Adventure & iRide GPS Guided ScooterTour

Electric Scooter & Speedboat Combo where you get to explore the bay in your very own speedboat then explore San Diego in your very own GPS guided storytelling scooter. This combo land sea adventure makes for the perfect day in San Diego. Both tours do not need to be taken on the same day.  Just book the day and time of the speedboat portion you want online and call the number above to book your scooter tour. After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a confirmation.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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GoCar Talking GoCar 2Hr Tour: Downtown & Old Town

Explore San Diego’s Downtown and Old Town sights in a fun and fast-paced way—on a GoCar tour. This sightseeing adventure takes the stress out of reading a map, as the car talks and shows you the way with its in-built GPS. Enjoy hearing stories as you explore the city’s most popular areas, including Little Italy, Mission Hills, Presidio Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Segway Tours

Downtown San Diego and Waterfront Segway Tour

Glide through San Diego’s waterfront and downtown on a 2-hour, guided Segway tour that takes in the city’s most historic neighborhoods and iconic landmarks. Learn about life in early San Diego as you follow your guide through the Gaslamp Quarter, and take in the neighborhood’s carefully preserved Victorian architecture. See the home of the San Diego Padres and vibrant public art installations, watch fisherman unload the day’s fresh catch at Tuna Pier, then visit the USS Midway to experience a floating piece of America’s naval history.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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2Hr GPS Guided Scooter Tour: Downtown & Balboa Park

For a fun twist on the typical San Diego tour, first-time visitors shouldn't miss this GPS guided scooter excursion, where you can visit the city's top attractions, all while soaking up the fantastic weather. Just hop on your scooter, start cruising through the city, and feel the wind in your hair as you pass top sights. Highlights include Balboa Park, the Maritime Museum, and even the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Segway Tours

San Diego City Loop Segway Tour Including Gaslamp and Balboa Park

Explore the best of San Diego with a 2-hour, guided Segway tour that loops through the city’s most important sights. Glide through San Diego history in the vibrant Gaslamp District, and enjoy stories about California’s rough-and-tumble frontier past. Watch for dolphins and sea lions as you cruise the bustling waterfront, pass historic naval vessels and the home of the San Diego Padres. Steer into the 1,200-acre (486-ha) Balboa Park to explore manicured gardens, thick forest stands and the city’s best-preserved architecture inside the largest urban park in the United States.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Viator Exclusive Tours

Viator Exclusive: San Diego Harbor Speed Boat, Electric Scooter and USS Midway Tour

Explore the wildlife, skyline, and maritime legacy of the San Diego Harbor by land and by sea on this Viator Exclusive tour. Take the wheel of a speed boat during a cruise through the ship-studded bay before hopping on a bike for a closer look at shoreline attractions like Broadway Pier and the San Diego Air Station. Finish with a guided tour of the USS ‘Midway’ aircraft carrier, featuring an interactive glimpse into both US Navy and Air Force operations.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Full-day Tours

San Diego City and Tijuana Deluxe Combo Sightseeing Tour

Combine a San Diego sightseeing tour with a trip down to Tijuana on this 10-hour adventure. With a guide, you'll spend the morning in the city to check out attractions such as Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and the coastal suburb of La Jolla. Then enjoy a break before heading across the Mexican border to Tijuana, just 20 miles (31 km) away.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Segway Tours

Coronado Island Segway Tour

Traveling by Segway is not only fun and different, but allows you to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. On this guided and narrated morning or afternoon tour, explore downtown San Diego and admire gorgeous views of San Diego Bay from the Embarcadero. Take a ferry ride to Coronado Island to check out still more sights, including pretty Coronado Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Segway Tours

San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour

Explore San Diego by Segway on this comprehensive tour. Led by a local guide, learn about the city’s major landmarks and history while passing top attractions like Balboa Park, the USS 'San Diego' Memorial, Petco Park and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Snacks and beverages are included along the way, as well as a brief safety session to ensure that you feel completely comfortable hitting the streets on your Segway.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

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Tour & History of Downtown San Diego

This 90 minute walking tour will allow you to experience the vibrancy of Downtown San Diego while also learning about the incredible history of this place. Get transported back in time as you spot 1920's buildings and learn about the scandalous details about San Diego's "New Town" or Downtown center. By the end of this tour, you will understand the overall development of America's Finest City and will have plenty of options to explore on your own after the tour. During our tour we will walk through San Diego's Gaslamp District and will make stops along our route, including, but not limited to: 1. Horton Plaza Park 2. The US Grant Hotel 3. Granger Building 4. Woolworth Building 5. San Diego Hardware Company 6. Louis Bank of Commerce Building 7. Nesmith-Greeley Building 8. Marston Building 9. Keating Building And MORE!I will of course point out the best restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, and interesting spots around downtown that we pass along the way!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Segway Tours

San Diego Early Bird Segway Tour

Explore San Diego's historic downtown and waterfront in a fun, eco-friendly way on a morning Segway tour. Beat the crowds and avoid the hassle of driving as you roll through the charming Gaslamp Quarter and along the harbor on a self-balancing electric scooter. The tour includes a 30 minutes of training and practice so you can confidently scoot around one of America's most livable cities while a guide shares interesting anecdotes and history along the way.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Day Trips

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The Grand San Diego Tour (OC & Anaheim pickup)

Pack a ton of San Diego sights into one day during this San Diego tour with Orange County pickup and drop-off included. You’ll explore the beaches of La Jolla, Seaport Village, Downtown San Diego, and Coronado Island with three brothers who grew up in Southern California as your guides. Not only do your guides know the area well, they also know the best times to visit these popular spots for the best experience possible.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

City Tours

Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Take the guesswork out of your sightseeing in San Diego and book a half-day private tour with an ultimate itinerary. Leave the driving to a personal guide who accompanies you by luxury car or SUV to the city’s major attractions. Stroll the landscaped gardens of Balboa Park, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, drive across the bridge to visit Coronado Island or discover the cliffside enclave of La Jolla. On this tour, set your own pace at the sights that interest you most!
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

City Tours

The San Diego Highlights Tour

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Day Trips

Day Trip by Rail: Los Angeles to San Diego

Escape the traffic of L.A. for this full-day train and sightseeing trip to San Diego from Los Angeles. Enjoy beautiful coastal scenery during the comfortable train ride down south. Before you know it you’ll be in San Diego, climbing aboard a hop-on hop-off city bus tour, to enjoy a range of fun, family-friendly, activities. Whether you want to visit zoo, see a museum, discover Old Town, enjoy a boat ride or tour a high-end craft brewery, San Diego has plenty to offer. A 2-course lunch, train tickets and hop-on hop-off bus tour are covered.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours

Segway Tours

Private Scenic San Diego Segway Tour

Explore San Diego on a private Segway tour, providing the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still enjoy the fresh Southern California air. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise along the San Diego Embarcadero, and see interesting sights along the waterfront. Check out areas like Little Italy and Balboa Park, and glide through the popular Gaslamp Quarter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes


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