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Gaslamp Quarter

4th Street & Island Ave.

Departs every :05 and :35 after the hour

 
  William Heath Davis House
  Historic District
  Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour
  Boutique Shops, Restaurants and Galleries
  Chinese Historic District
  Historic Gaslamp Gallery
  Chuck Jones Gallery
  Vin De Syrah
  Dick’s Last Resort
  Altitude Sky Lounge
 
 
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Things To Do In The Gaslamp Quarter

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  Within 16 and a half square blocks, the historic Gaslamp Quarter is where visitors can experience a magnificent mesh of old and new - from the artfully restored Victorian buildings to the modern architecture. More than 100 shops, fine restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, theaters, art galleries, museums and concert venues lure in locals and visitors each day.    
       
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William Heath Davis House
   
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William Heath Davis House
 
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The William Heath Davis House is considered to be one of the most significant buildings in San Diego’s history. Visitors are intrigued by the exciting stories of the people who lived in it and the fact that it is the oldest wooden structure in San Diego. Its first owner, William Heath Davis, was the first to attempt to develop the new town—yet it was not until Alonzo Horton came along that the true city began to boom.

Approximate Time to Allow: 1 hour

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  Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour    
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If you happen to be on board our tour on Saturdays, the Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour is an enjoyable way to learn more about this historic San Diego landmark. An expert guide takes you through the Gaslamp Quarter, relating all the unusual, interesting and remarkable people and events that were so much a part of this area during the 1800’s. It’s an up-close look at the life and times of some of San Diego’s most famous and infamous residents.

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Approximate Time to Allow: 2 hours
Saturday at 11 am

 
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  Browse the Masterpieces at
Exclusive Collections Historic Gaslamp Gallery
   
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  A truly exquisite artistic experience, this gallery’s ambiance and style are as alluring as the art it presents. A gorgeous, colorful glass chandelier, brick walls and hardwood floors create the ideal setting for a variety of paintings, sculpture and glass pieces. In addition to all the unique artwork, visitors are treated to beautiful window displays and various special events. The gallery is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Market.    
       
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  Find a Reason to Smile at the Chuck Jones Gallery    
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  Known the world over for his animation creations, Chuck Jones is perhaps the most famous animation artist in the world. In this special gallery, see the beloved characters he penned including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all the other original Looney Tunes and Warner Brother’s cartoon characters. From prints and sculptures, this 5th avenue space is a great celebration of Jones’ incredible talent and great fun for all who visit.    
       
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  Sip Some Vino at Vin De Syrah    
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  San Sebastian Winery St Augustine FloridaLocated on the corner of 5th and E in the Gaslamp District, Vin De Syrah Spirit and Wine Parlor offers wine connoisseurs and anyone who enjoys a glass of wine along with cheeses and desserts, a totally eclectic experience. Step into this contemporary lounge and enjoy cool jazz, candlelight and an array of wines, spirits, beers, martinis and more.    
       
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  Grab a Bucket of Ribs and Good Times at Dick’s Last Resort    
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  Don’t be offended by the offensive staff at Dick’s, they’re just horsing around when they act cranky or throw napkins at you. It’s really their pleasure to serve you - and it’s their duty to make you laugh. If that doesn’t work, and it usually does, the large portions of delicious chicken, succulent ribs and seafood, huge cocktails and an invitation to raise a raucous certainly will.    
       
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  Witness Panoramic Views at Altitude Sky Lounge    
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  panoramic view of San DiegoFor breathtaking views of Coronado Island, the San Diego Bay, the downtown
skyline and Petco Park, head to the San Diego Marriott on K Street. Once inside, go to the 22nd floor. The Altitude Sky Lounge has earned a reputation as the #1 Rooftop Bar for its amazing views and warm and relaxing atmosphere. Sip your favorite cocktail as you gaze out at the amazing vistas - ones you cannot enjoy from any other spot in the city.
   
       
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  Chinese Historic District    
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  San Diego Historic Chinatown
The San Diego Asian Pacific Historic District, San Diego's historic Chinatown, is an eight-block district adjacent to and in part overlapping with the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District. The San Diego Chinatown is bounded by Market Street on the north, 2nd Ave. on the west, 6th ave. on the east and J st. on the south. 22 structures are considered historically contributing.

San Diego's Chinatown began in the area in the 1860s settled by abalone fishermen. The area was once a thriving Chinatown full of Chinese and Chinese-Americans who were not allowed to live in other sections of the city. However, the area no longer has an especially large Chinese or Asian population. After the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 (which banned them from becoming citizens and owning property), and after returning from service in World War II, Chinese-Americans moved to other areas of San Diego.

The City of San Diego designated the area a historic district in 1987.
 
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
In 1986, the San Diego Chinese Historical Society formed in order to preserve and share Chinese and Chinese American history and culture. Ten years later, it founded a museum, which has outgrown its original building, welcomed over 800 current members, launched successful education and community outreach programs and become a landmark in the downtown community.

The society initially formed to rescue the Chinese Mission building, built in 1927 and designed by the nephew of famed local architect Irving Gill, which served as a place of worship and a social center for San Diego’s Chinese community for over thirty years.  The building lay outside the proposed Asian Pacific Historic District and in the path of redevelopment, but after two years of effort, the City of San Diego approved a plan to relocate and renovate the Chinese Mission building as a home for the museum.  After raising approximately $460,000 for the relocation and renovation of the mission building, the museum officially opened on January 13, 1996.

The museum’s exhibits share the heritage of San Diego’s Chinese community and the essence of Chinese arts and culture through historic photographs, miniature models, ancient artifacts and explanatory text. Special events also celebrate holidays like the Chinese New Year, the Moon Festival, and Veterans Day.
   
       
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