Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Old Town San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Tour

    1. Old Town San Diego: Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Tour

    Join the Hop-on Hop-Off Tour of Old Town San Diego at any of the tour's 11 boarding points and visit more than 100 interesting points in Coronado and San Diego at your own pace. You can begin at any time of the day and listen to the entertaining narration of the on-board conductors along the way. San Diego is known as America’s Finest City, and as you explore the sights of Old Town and the scenic coastline you’ll see why. Opt to begin your tour at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, where you’ll see original adobe homes and artifacts from the earliest Mexican settlements. At the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum you’ll learn about the importance of the U.S. Navy presence in San Diego. Then continue on to nearby Seaport Village, where you can stop for refreshments and enjoy shopping and entertainment. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter you’ll find loads of shops and other interesting...

    One our drivers, Mark, was really great! He was very informative and even recommended some good places to eat, which we took his advice on 2 and both were fantastic!

  • San Diego: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 55+ Attractions

    2. San Diego: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 55+ Attractions

    Activities, attractions, and tours included on the Go San Diego All-Inclusive pass: THEME PARKS & ZOOS• San Diego Zoo • SeaWorld San Diego• San Diego Zoo Safari Park• Belmont Park• Knott's Berry Farm• LEGOLAND California OUTDOORS• San Diego Speedboat Adventures• La Jolla: 90-min Tandem Kayak Rental• La Jolla: Full-Day Snorkel Adventure• La Jolla: All-Day Bike Rental• La Jolla: Surfboard Rental• La Jolla: Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rental• San Diego Harbor: 2-hr SUP• San Diego Harbor: 2-hr Kayak Rental• San Diego Harbor: 1-hr Pedal Boat Rental• Coronado: 90-min Tandem Kayak Rental• Coronado: SUP Board Rental• Coronado: Full-Day Bike Rental• San Diego Pier Fishing TOURS & CRUISES• 1-hr San Diego Harbor cruise by Hornblower Cruises• Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises• Whale Watch & Dolphin Tour - Beautiful Newport Beach• San Diego Hiking Tour• San Diego Beach Tour• San Diego City Tour• Ca...

    this card allows entry into so many attractions and the trolley bus. well worth the money, we had zoo, safari, sea world, Midway and unlimited use of trolley buses. not enough time to do everything in 3 days

  • San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - choose 2-7 attractions

    3. San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - choose 2-7 attractions

    Experience San Diego's top attractions and tours and get up to 55% off admission with Go City's Explorer Pass. You have the flexibility to choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 top attractions from over 40 options.  Decide what you feel like doing on the day, so you don't even need to plan in advance. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway Museum. Explore more of San Diego with a Hop-on, Hop-off trolley tour, or kayak and snorkel in beautiful La Jolla. The possibilities are endless. Your pass is fully digital and no physical card is required. Simply download your pass directly to your smartphone or print at home. Show your pass at each attraction for quick and easy entrance. Tours & Attractions Included with the Go San Diego Explorer Pass: Top Attractions & Museums: • San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Zoo Safari Park (choose 1) • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum • Belmont Par...

  • San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

    4. San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila

    As the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego has seen its fair share of history. Today, it’s also widely regarded for its restaurants, margaritas, and souvenir shops. Start your exploration at the Adobe Chapel which served both as a home and church in the 19th century. Then, you'll be treated to handmade tortillas, a world-famous dish that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America. After that, continue the tour and see one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for its haunting ghost stories. Marvel at the wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, including San Diego's first Synagogue. The nourishment from the tortillas will be handy as you'll start a brief hike to the original European settlement on the West Coast of the U.S. You'll see the outline of some of the 18th-century structures and learn about the history of indigenous people ...

    This tour is a must when you visit San Diego. Patti was very knowledgeable of Old Town, tequila and tortillas/tacos. Her knowledge of Old Town was jaw dropping. She even knew flowers and plants. I really enjoyed the conversations about Old Town's history of the building and locations not on the tour; which we pointed out and asked questions about. The tacos were delicious and the tequila was a lesson by itself.

  • The Gaslamp Segway® Tour of San Diego

    5. The Gaslamp Segway® Tour of San Diego

    Get the perfect overview of San Diego’s landmarks and history on this 2-hour Segway tour. From downtown, through the Gaslamp Quarter to the Embarcadero and waterfront, we cover the main sights of the first city in California. The Gaslamp Segway® Tour is a great introduction to San Diego. The Gaslamp district is where we started our business, and gives this tour its name. Get to know the historic heart of San Diego and see what makes the Gaslamp District home to the city’s most exciting events and nightlife, but there’s more to the tour than this charming quarter. Take in the impressive San Diego The Convention Center and breathe in Pacific air at the Seaport Pier. Enjoy a beautiful San Diego skyline view, see the USS San Diego Memorial and USS Midway on the water, check out the urban tree exhibit and Inez Parker Rose Garden, and much more! Explore San Diego by Segway to experience th...

  • San Diego: Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Downtown & Old Town

    6. San Diego: Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Downtown & Old Town

    Start your tour with a trip through historic Little Italy. Once home to the city’s Italian community, the neighborhood has now become a modern business and arts district. Make your way to the bay and see ships that explored the new world, and patrolled the waters in time of war. Then cruise down the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter which was once San Diego’s red-light district, but is now the center of the city’s nightlife.  Leave modern San Diego and take a trip through the past as you check out the beautiful Mission Hills and the historic Fort Stockton. Visit Presidio Park where see the old Spanish mission used to stand. Ride through Old town San Diego and see how the city looked in the era of the old west when its Spanish and American residents were just laying the foundation for a thriving community.

    Absolutely loved this !! Felt like we where on Harley bikes... the route was well laid out easy to find our way.. would definitely do again

  • Urban Adventure Quest: 3-Hour Interactive Tour in San Diego

    7. Urban Adventure Quest: 3-Hour Interactive Tour in San Diego

    If you’re looking for a way to turn San Diego into a giant board game, try the Urban Adventure Quest. This is an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of San Diego. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. The adventure begins at the Waterfront Park and takes you on a well-designed course through Little Italy, the waterfront, and down to the war memorials. The tour involves approximately 2.5 miles of walking and uses the downtown transit system at one point in the game. Using a smart phone as your guide means that you can begin when you like and determine your own pace of play. Stop for a stroll in the park or gelato in Little Italy. The Quest is offered at a fixed price per group r...

    This was the most fun my husband and I have ever had exploring a city. Since COVID I wanted to find safe things for us to do together when traveling. This was top of my list and we had a blast. People all around were stopping and asking us questions about what we were doing and how cool it was. I would give this 10 stars if I could. It's a must if you're traveling to San Diego and an exciting way to see and learn about the city. I highly recommend it and you can't beat the price.

  • San Diego: Private Half-Day Tour with Transportation

    8. San Diego: Private Half-Day Tour with Transportation

    Discover the compelling character of California’s second-largest city, renowned for its fascinating Mexican heritage, resplendent gardens, historic streets, and fine stretch of Pacific coastline. Meet your private guide outside Petco Park in 'Park at the Park' and learn about the beloved home baseball team. On your fascinating private half-day highlights tour, learn about the legacy of San Diego’s place in the Mexican Empire from 1821. Discover more about San Diego’s Italian community, established in Waterfront Park in the early 19th century, which has also helped shape the culture of the city. See the "Little Italy" of San Diego with its Mercato Farmers’ Market, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, and gourmet food stalls. Visit many of the city’s major historical sites, neighborhoods, and parks, including Balboa Park, the elegant architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter, the Old Town, the beauti...

  • San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

    9. San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

    Whilst San Diego is known the world over for its beautiful beaches, mild climate, and abundance of points of interest not many people know about the city's darker side. Discover San Diego's long history of unnerving deaths, mysterious occurrences, and more ominous sides on a fun and informative guided tour. Travel back in time and hear about the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in San Diego. First, venture into the sleepy streets of the Mission Hills neighborhood, where Pioneer Park is transformed at night. Continue to Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and learning about the notorious past of this city full of gunslingers, gamblers, ladies of the night, and many more unsavory characters. Finally, the tour includes a tour of the grounds and exterior of the Whaley House, where many reported paranormal occurrences have taken place.

    It was so much fun enjoyed our tour guide an he was very entertaining got to see a chandelier move on its own that was thrilling

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What people are saying about Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 189 reviews

This was the most fun my husband and I have ever had exploring a city. Since COVID I wanted to find safe things for us to do together when traveling. This was top of my list and we had a blast. People all around were stopping and asking us questions about what we were doing and how cool it was. I would give this 10 stars if I could. It's a must if you're traveling to San Diego and an exciting way to see and learn about the city. I highly recommend it and you can't beat the price.

One our drivers, Mark, was really great! He was very informative and even recommended some good places to eat, which we took his advice on 2 and both were fantastic!

Absolutely loved this !! Felt like we where on Harley bikes... the route was well laid out easy to find our way.. would definitely do again

I enjoyed every driver that we had. James and his jokes, Bernice lol not her name and the last driver engaged us after each full stop.

Our guides were very personable and really knew each site they showed us!