San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

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Secret history and scenic sites on the downtown strip

This tour of the Gaslamp Quarter is a fascinating look back to the early days of San Diego. Once known as “The Stingaree,” the town started out on a sour note. You’ll hear tales of its crime-ridden history and how it became a thriving port.

Our guide to San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

Our immersive Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour starts at The Spreckles Theater and continues past several historic structures from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Each building has a story to tell, from former brothels to gambling halls, and the beautiful details of the windows and facades are a feast for the eyes.

As we walk through the Gaslamp District, your guide will share little-known facts about what it was like to live in this once rough-and-tumble town. You’ll even learn about that time Harry Houdini made a stop in San Diego!

Your tour guide will leave with insider recommendations for must-try restaurants in the area plus tips for more to see and do if you have time, including shows, nightlife, and activities that take place daily.


  • Spreckles Theater

A marvel of design in continuous operation since 1912

  • Horton Plaza Park

Formerly a hitching post and carriage stop

  • The US Grant Hotel

An opulent and haunted 1910 landmark on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Balboa Theater

Where sailors stayed on their way to World War I

  • The Louis Bank of Commerce

One of the most photographed buildings downtown, once home to an infamous San Diego madam

  • The Yuma Building

A beautiful example of Victorian architecture made entirely of brick

  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

Opened in 1913 as a theater, now home to the world-renowned chocolatier

  • The Davis Horton House

The oldest structure downtown, rumored to be one of the most haunted homes in the country

  • The Horton Grand Hotel

Built in 1887, once home to several dignitaries and now home to several ghosts

  • The Old Spaghetti Factory

An iconic restaurant with historic architecture

  • Gaslamp Quarter Archway

Symbolizing that San Diego was committed to continuing the redevelopment of Downtown


Start Times: 10 AM

Departs: Daily except Wednesday

Duration: 2 hours

Meeting Point: Spreckles Theater

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice. 
  • This tour is conducted in English only.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 
  • This tour ends at the Gaslamp Quarter Archway.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours prior to the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours of the tour date. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are non refundable.


Frequently Asked Questions for San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

General Information

  • What is the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour?

    The San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour is a guided exploration of the historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, offering insights into its rich history, stunning architecture, and lively atmosphere. You'll experience the best of this iconic neighbourhood with an expert guide.

  • How much walking is there?

    This tour covers approximately one mile at a leisurely pace. 

  • What if it rains?

    Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

Duration of Visit

  • How long is the tour?

    The walking tour typically lasts about 2 hours. This includes several stops along the way to admire key landmarks and hear fascinating stories from your guide.

Clothing & Accessories

  • What should I wear?

    We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen if it's sunny.