Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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

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

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

Join the Hop-on Hop-Off Tour of Old Town San Diego at any of the tour's 12 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 onboard 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's 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 places located in Victorian-themed buildings. One particular house of interest is the William Heath Davis House. Built-in saltbox style, it is similar to the original home of Davis, who founded New Town San Diego. When you’re back on the trolley you’ll be entertained once again by the conductor’s narration. Continue on to the well-known Hotel del Coronado, one of America’s leading resorts. You may choose to take a stroll through nearby Balboa Park, along El Prado, the promenade lined with Spanish-style buildings. With more stops than any other tour, this hop-on hop-off trolley ride is guaranteed to deliver. In addition to sightseeing, enjoy free shuttle service to and from select area hotels, a map and day planner, and $70 in discount coupons to use at restaurants and area attractions. Hop on or hop off at 12 convenient stops: 1) 4002 Wallace St: Old Town State Historic Park 2) 1492 N Harbor Dr: Maritime Museum of San Diego/Star of India 3) 200 Marina Park Way: San Diego Embarcadero 4) 849 W Harbor Dr: Seaport Village 5) 333 W Harbor Dr: Marriott Marquis & Marina6) Gaslamp Quarter 7) 111 W Harbor Dr: Petco Park/San Diego Convention Center 8) Barrio Logan9) 1500 Orange Ave: Hotel Del Coronado10) Coronado/Orange Avenue 11) 1549 El Prado: Balboa Park and El Prado Museums 12) Little Italy

San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

2. San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

While San Diego is known worldwide 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 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.

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 combined admission with Go City's Explorer Pass. Simply choose 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 top attractions from over 45 options and go at your own pace - you have 60 days to use your pass from first activation. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway Museum. Explore more of the city 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. Choose from the following things to do in San Diego with the San Diego Explorer Pass: Museums and Places of Interest • San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Zoo Safari Park (choose 1) • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum • Belmont Park Ride and Play Pass • Maritime Museum of San Diego • Air and Space Museum • Birch Aquarium at Scripps • The Fleet Science Center with IMAX • San Diego Natural History Museum • Museum of Us • Living Coast Discovery Center • The New Children's Museum • San Diego Museum of Art • San Diego Model Railroad Museum • Japanese Friendship Garden • PETCO Park Tour - Home of the San Diego Padres • San Diego Automotive Museum • Museum of Contemporary Art (Downtown) • Mingei International Museum Tours and Activities • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-off Old Town San Diego Trolley • Living Coast Discovery Center • 1-hr San Diego Harbor Cruise by Hornblower • 90-min Best of the Bay Cruise by Hornblower • San Diego Speed Boat Adventures • Jet Ski Rental San Diego Harbor • Go Kart and Thrill Park • Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises • Plunge San Diego • San Diego Fishing Tour • San Diego Hiking Tour • San Diego Harbor: Kayak Rental or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental • La Jolla: Kayak Rental, Snorkel Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, Surf Board Rental or Bike Rental • Coronado: Kayak Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, or Bike Rental • UTC Ice Sports Center • Speed Circuit: All Access • San Diego City & Beach Tours • 1-Hour Scooter Rental • GoCar San Diego Tours 1-Hour • San Diego City Tour • Patriot Jet Boat

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

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

The San Diego All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access pass offering the ultimate in convenience and savings for visitors to the area. Simply choose between a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7-day pass and save up to 45% compared to the cost of buying separate attraction tickets. With one single pass, you can enjoy dozens of popular attractions and fun things to do in San Diego. Visit the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, The U.S.S. Midway, take a sightseeing harbor cruise, rent a bike, stand-up paddleboard or kayak, and much more. With a total of over 55 attractions and tours included with your pass, there is something for everyone and you can visit as many attractions as you like per day. The San Diego All-Inclusive Pass also comes with a digital guide including helpful attraction information including how to get there and opening times. Activities, attractions, and tours included on the San Diego All-Inclusive Pass: Theme Parks and Zoos • San Diego Zoo • SeaWorld San Diego • San Diego Zoo Safari Park • Belmont Park • Knott's Berry Farm • LEGOLAND California • Sesame Place (coming soon) 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 • Coronado: 90-min Tandem Kayak Rental • Coronado: SUP Board Rental • Coronado: Full-Day Bike Rental • San Diego Pier Fishing Tours and 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 Sightseeing Walking Tour • Catalina Flyer (ferry to Catalina Island) • One Way Coronado Ferry • Petco Park Tours - home of the San Diego Padres • GoCar San Diego 30-min tour • Dolby Theater Guided Tour Museums and Places of Interest • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum • Japanese Friendship Garden • San Diego Air and Space Museum • San Diego Natural History Museum • The Fleet Science Center with IMAX • Birch Aquarium at Scripps • Museum of Us • San Diego Automotive Museum • San Diego Model Railroad Museum • San Diego Museum of Art • The New Children's Museum • The Whaley House Museum • Coronado Museum of History and Art • Museum of Photographic Arts • Museum of Contemporary Art (Downtown) • San Diego Art Institute • The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House • Mingei International Museum • The Plunge San Diego • Living Coast Discovery Center • Museum of Making Music • Hollywood Museum • Richard Nixon Library • UTC Ice Sports Center • South Coast Shop & Dine Package

San Diego: Segway Tour of the Gaslamp District

5. San Diego: Segway Tour of the Gaslamp District

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 the sights and history of the first city in California.

San Diego: Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley Tour

6. San Diego: Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley Tour

Get into the Christmas spirit on this holiday lights and sights trolley tour in San Diego. Ride a wave of holiday cheer as you celebrate in the sights, songs, and traditions of the holiday season alongside elf conductors in “America’s Finest City.” Join in sing-along caroling with elf conductors as they share fun holiday facts and traditions. See the festive holiday lights of Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, and more. Enjoy a 15-minute stop at Seaport Village for even more holiday fun. When it comes to living that laid-back West Coast lifestyle, San Diegans do it better than most. Whether it’s sunbathing with the seals in La Jolla or seeking out the hottest regional Mexican food, easy and breezy is the order of the day. Because of the year-round picture-perfect weather, sometimes locals and visitors alike need reminding when the holidays are approaching. But when the holidays do come, the city goes all out.

San Diego: Driving Day Tour with GoCar Luxury

7. San Diego: Driving Day Tour with GoCar Luxury

See every inch of wonderful San Diego in a unique and fun way by going on the all day Everything Tour with GoCar. Let the car be your guide with onspot GPS and story telling features. See the historic Old Town, Point Loma Ecological Preserve, Ocean Beach, and so much more. Witness history at the Gaslamp Quarter, window shop at the iconic Horton Plaza, and stroll through the aromatic rose garden of Balboa Park. Find the natural beauty of the Point Loma Ecological Preserve. Wade in tide pools and see sea anemones, crabs, lobster, fish, and the occasional lucky octopus. Walk along Ocean Beach and through San Diego's famous Maritime Museum. Take in the vibe of Old Town and see how San Diego has changed over the centuries.

San Diego: Downtown Electric GoCar Rental

8. San Diego: Downtown Electric GoCar Rental

Join a tour with a top speed of 75 miles an hour. Explore San Diego in a green and fun way. See the sights of downtown and see iconic Balboa Park. Embark on a tour of downtown San Diego's sights. See Spanish renaissance architecture, museums, colorful flower gardens, and a world-renowned outdoor organ pavilion. Let your electric tour take you to happen Hillcrest, home to quirky shops and restaurants. Explore an area that is home to some of the best food in the county. Experience a green and open-air adventure as you drive through downtown in a unique way. See the Maritime Museum, the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, and famous Balboa Park among other landmarks.

San Diego: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour

9. San Diego: Self-Guided E-Bike Tour

Ride with ease to the best parts of San Diego on an e-bike. Experience the iconic sights of Downtown, Balboa, and the Old Town, with plenty of time to explore all three. See all the major attractions on a prepared route, or venture out on your own. Begin your journey in San Diego's Old Town and take your time at the Maritime Museum, known for its bold restorations and interesting exhibits. Navigate through the unique Horton Plaza Mall and the Gaslamp Quarter to make your way to the rest of Downtown. Peruse Balboa Park by foot and breathe in the fresh air and beautiful sights and sounds. Take the option to enter some of the many museums or smell the roses in the Rose Garden with over 800 different varieties. Grab a bite to eat at an authentic Mexican food restaurant after meandering through many of the city's historic buildings. Visit the spookiest location, the Whaley House, named one of America's most haunted houses. Stop and take pictures, try different foods, drink and relax, and truly discover why San Diego is America's Finest City.

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

10. 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 rather than per person, making this city tour/game great value for those on a budget. Points of Interest on Your Quest: • Little Italy • Maritime Museum • USS Midway • Bob Hope Memorial • "Kissing the War Goodbye" Statue

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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 327 reviews

While super awesome boat, we saw a lot of dolphins who have their show. The captain takes great pains to show us the animals. On the other hand, it is impossible to book the attractions of the pass online. It does not work, we are asked to repay each time. He go on the spot. Not always easy. We struggled to get 2 seats. Otherwise very well.

Good opportunity to see alot of San Diego in a short time - at your own pace

Surprisingly Easy to use. It really is as easy as scan and go.

Wonderful, able to get the idea of where to explore next

Sehr nette Busfahrer und tolle Information erhalten!