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Our most recommended San Diego Walking tours

San Diego: Petco Park Stadium Tour - Home of the Padres

1. San Diego: Petco Park Stadium Tour - Home of the Padres

Visit Petco Park and experience a side of the ballpark that is usually reserved for the players and staff. Stops include Field Warning Track, Cutwater Coronado Club, Padres Hall of Fame Presented by Motorola, Press Box, Private Luxury Suite, and the Breitbard Hall of Fame. Meet your guide at Petco Park and get a behind-the-scenes look into the ballpark. See the press box, also known as writers’ row, and peek inside the Home Plate Club. During your visit, you’ll learn about the history of Petco Park and the San Diego Padres. Visit the Padres Hall of Fame presented by Motorola and learn about the history of baseball in San Diego. Afterward, head to the Breitbard Hall of Fame, which honors athletes in San Diego and native San Diegans who achieved athletic fame outside of San Diego.

San Diego: Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Walking Tour

2. San Diego: Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Walking Tour

Travel back to a world of colorful customs and ruthless pride, as you walk the streets of San Diego’s Old Town, a neighborhood known as the first town of California. The 2.5-hour walking tour explains how the area has been restored to represent what the neighborhood looked like during the 1820-1870s, and includes stops at local restaurants to savor the great cuisine and sample a few drinks. As you check out the original buildings, built with the only natural resources the land had to offer, you will learn how and why the natives thrived in their dry and warm environment. Hear about bull fights, horse races, pistol shooting matches, dances, and political events, all carried out in the town plaza during the Mexican period, and then later during the great American Gold Rush. Discover the difference between the two, and the marriage between the cultures. As one of the nation’s most haunted neighborhoods, the ghost stories of the tour will have you checking over your shoulder for lingering spirits. Visit the second oldest cemetery in San Diego, and learn the stories of some of the notorious people who still haunt the streets of the eerie neighborhood. Visit the Whaley House, considered the most haunted house in America and see why the past still haunts the present. 

San Diego: Little Italy Wine Tasting Walking Tour

3. San Diego: Little Italy Wine Tasting Walking Tour

Indulge in a delicious food and wine-tasting experience and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as you stroll through the streets of San Diego's Little Italy. Join an insightful tour and learn about wine styles and pairing tips by visiting some of the most popular restaurants in the area. Meet your guide at your first venue and dive right into your gastronomical journey. Visit three establishments to sample a variety of wines from California, Italy, and other parts of the world. Meet local wine enthusiasts who will share with you small-production wines and Italian favorites. Enjoy traditional Italian food along the way, with pairings including regional cheeses and pasta. As you walk from stop to stop, take in the many boutiques, historic buildings, and luxury high-rises of this chic San Diego neighborhood.

San Diego: Brothels, Bites and Booze Gaslamp Quarter Tour

4. San Diego: Brothels, Bites and Booze Gaslamp Quarter Tour

Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no more than a very light snack before the tour – or nothing at all!

San Diego: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

5. 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: Little Italy Food Walking Tour with Tastings

6. San Diego: Little Italy Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the neighborhood of Little Italy in San Diego on a guided walking food tour. Visit 3 local restaurants and 1 gelateria for tastings of San Diego favorites, and learn about the area's history. Discover the Little Italy area which in addition to the traditional pasta and pizza dishes, offers vegan breakfasts, juicy burgers, and lounges for dancing and fine cocktails. Meet your guide and head to the first stop on the tour at Sorrento Ristorante and Pizzeria, a lively family-owned Italian restaurant. Taste one of their homemade traditional dishes, Parpadelle Bolognese and calamari, with a glass of red or white Italian wine. Continue to Queenstown Public House, a New Zealand-inspired restaurant with whimsical decor, known for its grass-fed burgers and selection of local beer. Taste one of their Little Bitties – a grass-fed slider with onion mayo, cheddar, and sweet relish paired with a taster of a local beer or sangria. Next, continue to a local staple at Landini’s Pizzeria, known for its quality New York-style slices. Pick the slice that most appeals to you, with options such as La Piccante with jalapeños, ricotta, pineapple, and pepperoni or the Rustica with Brussel sprouts, pancetta, and balsamic glaze. Finally, make your way to the final stop on the tour at Pappalecco, a traditional Italian bistro. Enjoy some house-made gelato as your dessert, with a wide array of flavors available to choose from.

Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

7. Carlsbad Village: 3-Hour Local Food Tour

The tour sets off from the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village, where your 3-hour culinary adventure begins. Navigate the picturesque streets of the village with your local guide and discover its diverse history, architecture and culture. Stroll down some of the most famous streets in Carlsbad, home to a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants, and iconic landmarks, uniquely mixed with shops, art galleries and vibrant street murals. Along the way, stop at 8 different eateries, popular with the locals, and taste the flavors of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from a locally-owned specialty food store, and ethnic or locavore-style eateries. Some of the stops on the tour include one of Carlsbad’s most romantic restaurants and a dessert haven with recipes passed down through generations. There’s also time to delight your taste buds with a sampling of California’s award-winning wines at one of the village’s urban wineries.

San Diego Ghosts: Gaslamp Haunted Tour

8. San Diego Ghosts: Gaslamp Haunted Tour

Walk around San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and get acquainted with the spookier side of town. This walking tour shows you around some of the best-known haunted locations on the West Coast. You’ll meet your guide by the Balboa Theatre, which has been a downtown fixture since the 1920s. You’ll head to eight spooky, haunted sites, including the infamous Davis-Horton House. Investigate a 50-year-old unsolved murder at Old City Hall. Find out what lies behind the front door of Eddie O’Hare's Law Office. Also, search for the eyeless ghost of a little boy at the Carriage Works. If you're up for it, end your tour with an optional sweet treat at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. This is much more than an ice cream shop. You can hear a former movie theater employee screaming for something other than ice cream.

San Diego: Brewery Tour with Tastings and Food Pairings

9. San Diego: Brewery Tour with Tastings and Food Pairings

Discover America's beer mecca, San Diego's North Park neighborhood. Dive deep into the city's beer world and taste your way through multiple breweries. Learn about the different methods and ingredients of each brew, and revel in a tour filled with beers, art, and culture. Get educated with a brewery tour of North Park Neighborhood in San Diego. Meet your beer-enthusiast guide and walk around the streets, visiting 3-4 different craft breweries in the area. Discover the brewing process, food and beer pairing, and what it takes to start a successful brewery. At each stop, learn how to pair beer with food, while munching on delicious snacks. Test your newly acquired beer-ucation and taste the subtle flavors and different blends in each tasting. Learn about the neighborhood's history in between your visits and how it turned from a streetcar area to the hipster-ridden and trendy spot that it is today. Don't worry if you're not a beer nerd, there are other options available.

San Diego: Balboa Park Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. San Diego: Balboa Park Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Experience an unforgettable tour of Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the nation, located in bustling San Diego. Immerse yourself in stunning locales such as the Panama-California Sculpture Court, Natural History Museum, and Japanese Friendship Garden, on this walking tour with a local guide. Home to over 16 museums, several cultural organizations, and numerous gardens, Balboa Park is a historic entity with a rich and fascinating history. Learn more about the origin and development of the park from a local guide, beginning with a tour of Plaza de Panama in the center of the park.  Pass by key locations including the Timkin Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden, and Old Globe Theater. Keep your eye out for the Museum of Us, a historic museum of anthropology tracing it's origins to the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. Continue your way towards the Mingei International Museum, Palm Canyon, El Cid Statue, Zoro Garden, and the Japanese Friendship garden. Pause at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the world's largest pipe organ located in a fully outdoor venue. Finalize you tour by passing by the iconic Bea Evenson Fountain, the historic Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and finally the Panama-California Sculpture Court and Botanical Building.

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4.8 / 5

based on 70 reviews

Merritt was an excellent tour guide. Super friendly and informative. Tour included a lot of food, a few margaritas and a delish churro. We were stuffed! My only suggestion would be less waiting time for food. That was zero fault of Merritt as he had called ahead to let them know we were coming. Guessing just staffing shortages.

Jen was a great guide. She was friendly and very knowledgeable and shared many great insights to make our visit to Balboa Park memorable. We have visited before, but the historical context and other insights really enriched our experience.

Wonderful experience! Our tour guide, Christie, was amazing and very knowledgeable. The birria taco and mango margarita at Tuetano Taqueria was delicious. 10/10 recommend!

Jennifer was an excellent guide. We learned so much about Coronado and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We highly recommend taking one of her tours.

Super great host and knowledgeable. Definitely an experience to remember