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Saturday October 20th, Trolley Stop I Balboa Park will be closed until approximately 10:30am for the Walk for Alzheimer event.
Sunday October 21st, Trolley Stop I Balboa Park will be closed until approximately 10:30am for the Making Strides Against Breast cancer walk event.
Sunday, October 21st, the La Jolla and Beaches tour cove portion of the tour will be closed for a triathlon event.
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Old Town Market

4010 Twiggs Street

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Stop A is located at the entrance to the Historic State Park and Old Town Market, featuring over 40 specialty gift shops. Across the street is the historic Immaculate Conception Church.

Embarcadero Marina

1004 North Harbor Drive and Broadway Avenue

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Stop B is located at 1004 N. Harbor Drive along the Embarcadero near the USS Midway Museum and the cruise ship terminal. The San Diego Visitor Information Center is nearby including the Maritime Museum and the Star of India.

Seaport Village

470 Kettner Blvd

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Stop C is located on the east side of Seaport Village next to the Bay Company.

Marriott Marquis and Marina

333 West Harbor Drive

Stop D is located in the front of the Marriott Hotel at the Waterfall.

Horton Plaza Park

755 Broadway Circle

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Horton Plaza Park stop is located on Broadway Circle in front of the Horton Plaza Park

Gaslamp Quarter

4th street and Island Avenue, 480 Fourth Avenue

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Stop F is located next to the Horton Grand Hotel at the corner of 4th street and Island Avenue across the street from the historic William Heath Davis House

East Convention Center – Petco Park and Hilton Bayfront

East Convention Center - Petco Park

Stop G is located on East Harbor Drive, under the pedestrian bridge.

Hotel del Coronado

1107 Orange Avenue, between C and B Avenues

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Stop H is located at Mc P’'s Irish Pub & Grill on Orange Avenue, the main shopping and dining area of Coronado. Hotel Del Coronado is 2 blocks south. The Coronado Beach is approximately 2 blocks away.

Balboa Park

2185 President’s Way

Stop I is located in the heart of Balboa Park near the corner of President's Way and Pan American Rd. behind the Organ Pavilion Parking Lot.

Little Italy

Corner of India and Cedar Streets, 1602 India Street

Stop J is located in the heart of Little Italy, next to Buon Appetito.

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Old Town Market

4010 Twiggs Street

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Stop A is located at the entrance to the Historic State Park and Old Town Market, featuring over 40 specialty gift shops. Across the street is the historic Immaculate Conception Church.

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Embarcadero Marina

1004 North Harbor Drive and Broadway Avenue

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Stop B is located at 1004 N. Harbor Drive along the Embarcadero near the USS Midway Museum and the cruise ship terminal. The San Diego Visitor Information Center is nearby including the Maritime Museum and the Star of India.

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Seaport Village

470 Kettner Blvd

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Stop C is located on the east side of Seaport Village next to the Bay Company.

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Marriott Marquis and Marina

333 West Harbor Drive

Stop D is located in the front of the Marriott Hotel at the Waterfall.

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Horton Plaza Park

755 Broadway Circle

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Horton Plaza Park stop is located on Broadway Circle in front of the Horton Plaza Park

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Gaslamp Quarter

4th street and Island Avenue, 480 Fourth Avenue

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Stop F is located next to the Horton Grand Hotel at the corner of 4th street and Island Avenue across the street from the historic William Heath Davis House

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East Convention Center – Petco Park and Hilton Bayfront

East Convention Center - Petco Park

Stop G is located on East Harbor Drive, under the pedestrian bridge.

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Hotel del Coronado

1107 Orange Avenue, between C and B Avenues

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Stop H is located at Mc P’'s Irish Pub & Grill on Orange Avenue, the main shopping and dining area of Coronado. Hotel Del Coronado is 2 blocks south. The Coronado Beach is approximately 2 blocks away.

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Balboa Park

2185 President’s Way

Stop I is located in the heart of Balboa Park near the corner of President's Way and Pan American Rd. behind the Organ Pavilion Parking Lot.

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Little Italy

Corner of India and Cedar Streets, 1602 India Street

Stop J is located in the heart of Little Italy, next to Buon Appetito.

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Old Town Market

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Join us for free, historic storytelling, shows and entertainment every day of the week. Shop in our 40 unique gift stores, watch working artisans, or enjoy a bite to eat. Learn about the rich history of Old Town San Diego in our free museum. We invite you to visit our Festival Marketplace and experience Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California.

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Old Town State Historic Park

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Old Town State Historic Park
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Old Town State Park is known as the birthplace of California. In 1821, when Mexico gained independence from Spain, a small group of Mexican settlers began building homes at the foot of the hillside below the first mission and Presidio. Because wood was scarce at the time, sun-dried adobe bricks were used. Thus, the buildings had a different look, a brownish-red color and rough exterior.

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Casa de Aguirre

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Casa de Aguirre
Time to EXPLORE: Approximately 1 hour

Casa de Aguirre is an important landmark within the Old Town Market as it displays the life and traditions of the settlers of Old Town, San Diego’s first city. The home of Don Jose Aguirre and his family, the original adobe was built in 1853. Don Jose later gave the building and all his land to the Catholic Church. Father Antonio Ubach used the home as a site for an industrial school for Indians.

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Old Town Community

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Old Town Community
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Adjacent to the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Old Town Community exudes colonial beauty and the flavors and heritage of its early settlers. Several restaurants serve up Mexican and Californian cuisine, while quaint stores and boutiques provide unique shopping experiences. Up the hill is Heritage Park, a protected county park and the setting for seven of San Diego’s most splendid Victorian homes that were relocated and restored to their original grandeur.

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Whaley House

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Whaley House

Its stately Greek Revival architecture is an impressive sight, while its mysterious past and mystical reputation cause quite a stir among visitors from all over the world. It is here that the spirits of many original Old Town San Diego citizens are said to roam from room to room and through many of the hallways. Known as the Most Haunted House in America, the Whaley House was the family home of Thomas Whaley.

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Mormon Battalion Memorial

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Mormon Battalion Memorial

Serving with distinction during the Mexican-American War, the volunteer Mormon Battalion was the only religiously based unit in U.S. military history. Commanded by Regular Army officers, the unit made a grueling overland march along the Santa Fe Trail from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego. The hands-on exhibits and other resources of the Mormon Battalion Historic Site chronicle the history of this unique military unit and the role that it played in the country’s westward expansion. Located at 2510 Juan Street in Old Town San Diego, the free museum is open seven days a week. Docents lead a 45-minute tour while attired in period dress.

Immaculate Conception Church

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Immaculate Conception Church

Completed in 1917, the Immaculate Conception Church traces its history back to the first Catholic Mass celebrated in California. Captain Sebastian Vizcaino had a tent hastily erected so that three Catholic priests accompanying his Spanish expedition could celebrate a mass of gratitude for a safe voyage Nov. 12, 1602. The current house of worship replaced an adobe structure built in 1851. The bell tower houses one of the two original bells from the San Diego Mission. The other is located at the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

El Campo Santo Cemetery

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El Campo Santo Cemetery

Located in Old Town, second oldest cemetery in San Diego had burials from 1849 to 1880. In 1933, the San Diego Historical Society restored in the cemetery based on descriptions and photographs, but over the years some of the boundaries have been moved to accommodate for city development. In 1889 a horse-drawn streetcar line was built through part of the cemetery, which later became San Diego Avenue. In 1942 it was paved over, leaving as many as 18 graves under the street and sidewalk. The Ghosts and Gravestones San Diego Tour takes visitors on an intimate nighttime journey through the cemetery to explain the haunted history of this Old Town landmark.

La Casa de Estudillo

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La Casa de Estudillo

La Casa de Estudillo was a social and political center of San Diego during California’s Mexican period, 1821-1846, and into the early American period. Capitán José Maria Estudillo, a retired San Diego Presidio comandante (fort commander), began construction of the casa (house) in 1827 on a parcel of land granted to him by Governor José Echeandí.

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Presidio Park

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Presidio Park

San Diego’s history dates back centuries. Seen as the entrance point for control of the west by Europeans, Presidio Park remains a place of history amidst the city of San Diego. Interpreting the entire site for guests is the Junipero Serra Museum which houses many artifacts dealing with Spanish and Mexican heritage, colonization, the beginnings of customs within California and showcasing the lives of those who began it all. The presidio, first built to protect colonists from attack, later took on roles as military headquarters and a central outdoor space to remember history.

 

As a testament to the foundational beginnings of California, heralding exploration by Spain and Mexico, this national historic landmark reminds all who visit of the obstacles, successes and struggles of the long period of colonization.As a testament to the foundational beginnings of California, heralding exploration by Spain and Mexico, this national historic landmark reminds all who visit of the obstacles, successes and struggles of the long period of colonization.

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Fiesta de Reyes

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Fiesta de Reyes

Within Fiesta de Reyes, two restaurants have been completely remodeled and are now open.

Festooned with true 1850s California-style antiques, collectables and paintings, Barra Barra is a full-service restaurant and saloon with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant boasts all-you-can-eat Friday nights and its signature drink, “The Best Margarita in Town”… made with top-shelf Herradura Blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Cointreau, Barra Barra’s signature margarita will be priced less than half of what it might cost at another establishment.

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Old Town Visitor Center

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Old Town Visitor Center

James Robinson originally built the Robinson-Rose House in 1853 to serve as his family’s residence and to provide office space for the San Diego Herald and the Gila Railroad. When Robinson died four years later, the home was sold to Louis Rose. The reconstructed building is the location for the park Visitor Center, which opens at 10 a.m. each day. One of the center’s displays is a scale model of Old Town created by Joseph Toigo, which depicts the community as it appeared in 1872. Other displays also provide interesting details about Old Town San Diego. Rangers are on hand to answer visitors’ questions.

Embarcadero Marina

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A visit to the San Diego Harbor is not complete without a stroll through the Embarcadero Marina Park. Surrounded by the bay on three sides, the Embarcadero Marina provides an authentic San Diego experience complete with scenic views and fresh sea air. Visitors also get a chance to discover the loyalty and courage of many of our Naval Military personnel through various memorials and statues including the Aircraft Carrier Memorial, The Homecoming Statue, and the USS San Diego Memorial.

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San Diego Visitor Center

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San Diego Visitor Center

Welcome to San Diego! Before heading out to discover all that the city has to offer, stop into the brand new San Diego Visitors Info Center. Our friendly staff of local experts will help you plan out your visit with valuable insight into the attractions, history, points of interest, dining, entertainment and sights that you won’t want to miss. We have brochures, maps and discounted tickets to many area attractions and tours.

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SEAL Tours

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SEAL Tours

Due to the Port of San Diego’s construction of the Shelter Island boat ramp, the seaward leg of our tour has been rerouted to splash down in nearby Mission Bay.

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing adventure! Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL Tour journeys through San Diego by sea AND land. Our unique “Hydra-Terra” amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Your fully narrated tour will depart from San Diego’s Seaport Village on Harbor Drive or Embarcadero, and will tour the historic streets of San Diego before making its way into San Diego’s Big Bay.

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Maritime Museum

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Maritime Museum
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The world-renown Maritime Museum of San Diego was founded in 1948 by a group of local historians and maritime experts. Here visitors from around the globe come to walk the decks of the magnificent Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Built in 1863, the Star of India made her first voyage on November 14 of that year. The ship sailed for many years from Great Britain to India and then to New Zealand. After many difficult journeys, the ship became a salmon hauler from Alaska to California. Once retired, the Star of India was acquired by maritime enthusiasts and is now an official National Historic Landmark. Fully restored, the Star of India is lovingly maintained and sailed at least once a year.

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Harbor Cruises

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Harbor Cruises
Time to EXPLORE: 1 and 2 hour cruises

The best way to see the Big Bay, as it is referred to by the locals in San Diego, is hopping on board a Harbor Cruise. While cruising in the North Bay, visitors will hear an informative narrative about the San Diego bay and experience picturesque views along with historic sights like the North Island Naval Air Station, the United States Naval Submarine Base and Point Loma.

Those that choose the South Bay cruise get the opportunity to see the Coronado Bay Bridge, the bustling Navy Shipyards and the surface fleet.

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Whale Watching Excursions

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Whale Watching Excursions
Time to EXPLORE: 3 1/2 hours
 Seasonal (December - March)

Witness the astounding grace and beauty of the gray whales as they migrate from the chilly arctic to the warm waters of Southern California. On this three and a half-hour adventure visitors are treated to a fact-filled narrative by experienced Captains who ensure that the whales are spotted.

Guests are also likely to see dolphins, sea lions and other marine species as they travel along the marvelous San Diego Bay.

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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier

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USS Midway Aircraft Carrier
Time to EXPLORE: 3-4 hours

The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier sits in San Diego at the Navy Pier welcoming and enriching guests from around the world. Its patriotic service and military operations are brought to life throughout this interactive museum. Relive the legacy of the longest-serving aircraft carrier in U.S. Naval history-47 years! “Midway Magic” became a recognized term describing the amazing tenacity of the Midway and its crew. When other ships broke down or headed for port, the Midway continued to respond, to perform from the end of WWII all the way through Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

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Star of India

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Star of India

San Diego’s Star of India is the ‘world’s oldest active sailing ship’. When many were still being created out of wood, this iron ship built in 1863 was a great experiment. Beginning the stages of her life known as Euterpe, this full-rigged ship continued until changes were made almost four decades later. The ship’s sailing began with rough seas. Within two trips to India she endured a cyclone, the death of her first captain, collision and a mutiny. Surviving this difficult beginning, she was turned into a cargo ship and returned to India four more times. In 1871, her ownership turned to London where she began a 25-year run of moving British emigrants to the South Pacific. In that quarter century, she circumnavigated over twenty trips. Her log suggests those trips often found her ‘laboring and rolling in a most distressing manner’, but she was the little iron ship that could. Life for the ship was as difficult as it was for those aboard. Emigrants spent time in cramped quarters, with limited rations and suffering disease and malnutrition. Although some perished during the journey, most saw a successful life in their new home of New Zealand.

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Seaport Village

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Time to EXPLORE: As much time as you need to browse the unique shops, dine, just snack, or enjoy bayfront views

San Diego, known as America’s finest city, is a year-round waterfront destination. With many days of sunshine, this southern California haven attracts visitors from across the globe yearning for ocean air, sandy feet and access to vitamin D 365 days a year. Situated in the southwest corner of the United States, San Diego is filled with people living active lifestyles, spending time outside and enjoying the salty sea air. Whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or the bay front, locals and visitors flock to the water. Although the coastline sees its fair share of action, downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village is a hub for locals and travelers alike. Throughout the year, thousands stroll along the San Diego Bay taking in the sights. Be it a beautiful exercise route, trendy retail shop, caricature drawing, or tourist souvenir you’re looking for – Seaport Village has it all!

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San Diego Convention Center

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San Diego Convention Center

Located in the Marina District near the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Convention Center was designed by Arthur Erickson, a Canadian architect. Boasting more than 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, it is the 24th largest facility of its kind in North America. The roof of the Sails Pavilion is the building’s most distinctive feature. The Teflon-coated fiberglass panels summon images of ship sails and reflect the maritime history of the city. Another unique feature is the outdoor, inclined elevator. Completed in 1989 and expanded 12 years later, the convention center hosts major political, business and entertainment events like the annual Comic-Con Convention.

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SEAL Tours

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SEAL Tours

Due to the Port of San Diego’s construction of the Shelter Island boat ramp, the seaward leg of our tour has been rerouted to splash down in nearby Mission Bay.

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing adventure! Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL Tour journeys through San Diego by sea AND land. Our unique “Hydra-Terra” amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Your fully narrated tour will depart from San Diego’s Seaport Village on Harbor Drive or Embarcadero, and will tour the historic streets of San Diego before making its way into San Diego’s Big Bay.

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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

Hop aboard Old Town Trolley Tours for a picturesque evening you won’t forget. With the help of our expert guides, you’ll take in romantic views of the city and cruise past notable landmarks, experiencing them like you never have before!

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Marriott Marquis and Marina

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Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

With its gorgeous waterfront locale in the heart of downtown San Diego, the Marriott Hotel and Marina is a sight to be seen – If you’re residing here during your stay, it’s a convenient way to catch the Old Town Trolley Tour of San Diego. There’s a hub of activity to view in the harbor, and right next door is the spectacular San Diego Convention Center where a variety of events, conventions and special activities take place throughout the year.

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Children's Museum

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Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum is an environmentally sustainable building that provides a dynamic, playful public space and community center for children and families – a place to experience exciting art exhibitions, hands-on studio projects, performances, birthday parties, in-depth classes, camps and educational programs. Across the street from the new building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running, climbing, family picnics and a view of the trains and trolleys going by.

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San Diego Convention Center

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San Diego Convention Center

Located in the Marina District near the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Convention Center was designed by Arthur Erickson, a Canadian architect. Boasting more than 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, it is the 24th largest facility of its kind in North America. The roof of the Sails Pavilion is the building’s most distinctive feature. The Teflon-coated fiberglass panels summon images of ship sails and reflect the maritime history of the city. Another unique feature is the outdoor, inclined elevator. Completed in 1989 and expanded 12 years later, the convention center hosts major political, business and entertainment events like the annual Comic-Con Convention.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade

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Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade

Honoring the slain civil rights leader, the tree-lined Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade features sculptures like the stainless steel “Breaking of the Chains” by renowned artist Melvin Edwards. There is also a fountain and a hedge maze. Located across from the convention center, the promenade runs adjacent to Harbor Boulevard with its wide assortment of shops and restaurants. The esplanade connects several popular sites along the city’s waterfront. It is the setting for the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, which includes food, music, various activities and other entertainment.

Coming Together Statue

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Coming Together Statue

Designed by avant-garde French-born artist Niki de St. Phalle who spent the final years of her life in San Diego, the Coming Together Statue is a ceramic and mirror mosaic public artwork. It adorns a plaza at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Eight Avenue situated near the San Diego Convention Center. The 28-foot-tall sculpture depicts a dual-faced figure that represents the light and dark facets of a human personality with its colorful ceramics and monochromatic mirrors. One side of the face has masculine characteristics, and the other side depicts feminine traits.

Horton Plaza Park

Time to EXPLORE: 3 hours

Located at the gateway to the Upper Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza Park combines uncommon historical Landmarks with fun, contemporary amenities to create a unique urban square in the heart of Downtown San Diego. The elegant U.S. Grant Hotel, Spreckels and Balboa Theatres, and other buildings from a bygone era mix with restaurants, gift shops, and retail stores of the present day. The beautifully restored Broadway Fountain from 1910 contrasts with a modern interactive pop-jet fountain, which made its debut in 2016. The park is named for Alonzo Horton, the original developer of this area, which was known during his time as “New Town” San Diego.

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Gaslamp Quarter

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Gaslamp Quarter

Stained glass windows, moldings, carvings, columns and railings are just a part of the fantastic masterpieces that line the streets in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Equipped with today’s gaslamps, brick sidewalks, landscaping, galleries, theaters, boutiques and shops, more than 100 restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the Gaslamp Quarter is where San Diego’s amazing history still thrives. Visited by millions of travelers each year, the area pulsates with activity from morning until the late night hours.

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House of Blues

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House of Blues

Located less that a tenth of a mile from Horton Plaza on Fifth Street, the House of Blues San Diego is the destination for body and soul moving music and delicious cuisine. From Rock n Roll to Jazz, Blues, Gospel and more, top artists, local and national performers take the stage everyday.

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Shout House

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Shout House

 You won’t be able to resist belting out tunes at the Shout House just down the road from Horton Plaza on 4th Street. It’s here that performers who know how to get the crowd going masterfully play dueling pianos and have a blast while they are at it. They play classic rock hits from the 50’s all the way to today and take requests from the audience – so don’t be shy.

It’s the most fun you’ll have and gives you a chance to take your singing talents out of the shower.

Michael J Wolf Fine Arts

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Michael J Wolf Fine Arts

From modern paintings to sculptures, this is the Gaslamp’s longest established gallery. A special place that features the work of emerging national and international artists, the Michael J. Wolf gallery is located on 5th Avenue in the historic Brunswick Building. Browse through a host of original artworks by notable artists including Thomas Arvid, Todd White, Stephen Holland, Luigi Rocca and more. The atmosphere here is relaxed and inviting, allowing art lovers to browse at their leisure.

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Gaslamp Quarter

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William Heath Davis House

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William Heath Davis House
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

 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. And it is Horton that is credited with being San Diego’s founder. Incredibly, the William Heath Davis House was bought by Alonzo Horton and lived in by him and his wife for several years.

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Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

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Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour
Time to EXPLORE: 2 hours

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 1800s. 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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Chinese Historic District

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Chinese Historic District

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.

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Chuck Jones Gallery

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Chuck Jones Gallery

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.

Vin de Syrah

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Vin de Syrah

Located 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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Altitude Sky Lounge

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Altitude Sky Lounge

For 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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East Convention Center – Petco Park and Hilton Bayfront

Attractions to explore near this stop

Bayfront Park

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Bayfront Park

Situated directly behind the Bayfront Hilton, Bayfront Park offers relaxing and sweeping views of the San Diego Bay, Coronado and Coronado Bay Bridge.

Petco Park

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Petco Park

PETCO Park is spectacular in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.

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Embarcadero Marina Park

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Embarcadero Marina Park

One of two green “arms” that reach into the San Diego Bay and wrap around the Embarcadero Marina. The entrance to the marina divides the parks. A nice walkway extends along the shore, connecting the two parks. On the bay­side of the Convention Center, this park with its sweeping open lawn is a popular site for outdoor concerts. It has been home to the Symphony Summer Pops, a variety of pop­rock concerts and the San Diego Blues Festival ­ as well as San Diego a la Carte, a festival of restaurants. This is a great place to fly a kite, when the wind is right. There’s a popular fishing pier here, too.

 

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Art by Niki de St. Phalle

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Art by Niki de St. Phalle

Take a moment to gaze at the colorful, whimsical work of art by Niki de St. Phalle. Her statue titled Coming Together stands 38-feet high in front of the San Diego Convention Center. A ceramic and mirror mosaic, Coming Together portrays a human face divided in half with one side mirrored and the other side multi-colored.

Coronado Ferry

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Coronado Ferry

Just a short, scenic 15 minute sightseeing trip across San Diego Bay takes you to The Ferry Landing Marketplace, Coronado’s specialty shopping and dining center. Browse through unique shops and galleries. Dine at Peohe’s, Coronado’s premier waterfront seafood restaurant. Enjoy casual California cuisine at Bay Beach Cafe. Grab a quick bite at a fun food eatery. Rent a bicycle. Experience magnificent city views.

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Breitbard Hall of Fame

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Breitbard Hall of Fame

The Breitbard Hall of Fame, which was founded by the legendary Bob Breitbard to recognize significant athletic achievement in San Diego, is located at Petco Park.

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Hotel del Coronado

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A small island town in San Diego Bay, Coronado is known for its fascinating beginnings, its idyllic setting and of course, its beautiful beach resorts. The founders of Coronado Island were visionaries, building an entire community around the idea of drawing tourists from around the globe. They did it knowing that people from all walks of life would come. They would come to soak in the San Diego sun and to see the stunning sights of the San Diego Bay. And they couldn’t have been more correct. 
Throughout its more than 120-year history, millions of visitors have traveled to Coronado to enjoy the waterfront ambiance, dine at the fabulous restaurants, shop at the upscale boutiques and view the many historic buildings. They also came to be spoiled by the lavish amenities of the world-Famous Hotel del Coronado.

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Attractions to explore near this stop

Coronado Beach

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Coronado Beach

Just steps away from the Hotel del Coronado is the exquisite Coronado Beach. Located on the ocean side of Coronado Island, it’s the ideal setting to surf, swim or snooze in the sun. Voted the # 2 beach in America and the # 1 family beach, the pretty white sands and refreshing ocean waters attract both locals and tourists. It’s a great place to relax, play and watch the sun as it sets over the Pacific. There’s much to do, from beach volleyball to whale watching in the winter months. And because of its location, views of San Diego are panoramic.

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Coronado Walking Tours

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Coronado Walking Tours

Presented by the Coronado Historical Association Museum, the 60-minute Coronado Walking Tour is a terrific way to learn more about the wonderful architecture and the history of the area. Led by specially-trained guides from the Museum’s Promenade Guild, the tour is paced so everyone can take their time and see the incredible beauty of the many Victorians and other historic treasures. Stop by the visitor’s center inside the museum for details.

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Balboa Park

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Balboa Park is where the arts, culture and history of San Diego come together to create a 1,200 acre wonderland filled with unforgettable experiences for people of every age. Thriving botanical beauty flourishes throughout and surrounds 15 museums, a variety of performing arts and musical theaters, exotic gardens, fabulous restaurants, upscale shopping, the San Diego Zoo and exquisite Spanish Moor architecture. Known as America’s largest urban cultural park, more than 500,000 visitors come each year to delight in the beauty and amazing attractions of Balboa Park.

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San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo
Time to EXPLORE: 3-4 hours

Pandas, penguins and rare plant life are just a hint of what you’ll see when you visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Throughout its 100 acres, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled around the world as you see some of the most intriguing and rarely-seen animals lounge in their natural, expansive habitats. With more than 4,000 animals representing 800 species, the San Diego Zoo stands out among other zoos for its diverse wildlife citizens.

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Philanthropists John and Adolph Spreckels donated a large pipe organ to be part of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Harrison Albright designed the semi-circular Italian Renaissance-style pavilion housing the musical instrument. A self-taught architect from Los Angeles, Albright also designed downtown San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel. The ornate vaulted pavilion features highly embellished gables. Located in Balboa Park, the building faces north to protect the 80 ranks of more than 5,000 pipes from the sun’s UV radiation. It is the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. The pavilion hosts free concerts Sunday afternoon and other concerts throughout the year.

Natural History Museum

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Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in Southern California and home to a variety of intriguing exhibits. Watch in wonder how the Foucault pendulum swings back and forth, knocking over different dominoes throughout the day, signifying the Earth’s rotation. Invented in 1851 by French physicist Jean Foucault, observers enjoy learning how the pendulum works.

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San Diego Museum of Art

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San Diego Museum of Art

Celebrating over 90 years of art in Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Art towers over the park’s central plaza. Opening its doors in 1926, as a fine arts gallery, the cultured and rich collection has only continued to grow. Changing its name in 1978, the museum continued to house a growing art collection provided by the generosity of countless donors and featuring the cultural growth of the San Diego community. With an art school, revitalized rotunda, international pieces and led by leading experts, the San Diego Museum of Art continues to share some of the world’s most beautiful artwork with visitors from around the world. Regularly showcasing world-class exhibitions as well as sharing a year-round schedule in educational and cultural programs for art lovers of all ages, the museum tells the history of the world through the brushstrokes and vision of artists. The mission ‘to inspire, educate and cultivate cultural curiosity through great works of art’ is seen through each exhibit, gallery and docent-led tour. Whether visitors begin their journey outside or in, there are spectacular paintings and sculptures to see and decades of knowledge to embrace. See glorious works from 19th and 20th century American artists, an amazing Asian collection, and of course both the old European and modern day masters. Take your time to see and appreciate all that the museum has to offer.

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Fleet Science Center

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Fleet Science Center

Children of all ages are in for a real treat when visiting the Fleet Science Center. From virtual reality to interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX Dome Theater, most folks are having too much fun to realize they’re learning! In the IMAX Theater, see the biggest films on the planet and feel the sensation of floating in space. Travel from outer space to under the ocean and see the planetarium shows. Then, tour the more than 100 touchable, try-able exhibits in five different galleries. There’s even a special area just for kids under six.

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San Diego Museum of Man

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San Diego Museum of Man

See, feel and touch replicas of early humans, primates and even cyborgs. Journey to ancient Egypt and view rare tomb artifacts and Peruvian mummies. At the San Diego Museum of Man, you’ll see the history and the evolution of man come to life by visiting the many galleries and exhibits on display.

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The Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture

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The Comic-Con Center for Popular Culture

San Diego Comic-Con International, another San Diego-born institution founded in 1970, is located at the former Sports Museum & Hall of Fame.

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Little Italy

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Throughout the nation, Little Italy neighborhoods symbolize the tremendous contribution that Italians have made to the culture and history of the United States. Covering a gorgeous and walkable 48-square-block area of northwest downtown San Diego, this ethnic enclave is the largest of its kind in the country. Hosting several festivals throughout the year, the neighborhood boasts street-side cafes, art galleries and a beautiful urban park.

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Piazza Basilone Memorial

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Piazza Basilone Memorial

With tables and chairs, benches and stoops, with a fountain constantly gurgling a serene background noise and the bay just within eyesight, this urban piazza in the heart of Little Italy is just amazing. Enjoy a coffee, a rendezvous or a book while you bask in a sunlit day with a cool bay breeze. This memorial to neighborhood soldiers who died during the Korean War is a beautiful monument to these heroes. It serves as a tranquil oasis in the middle of one of the busiest blocks in the city.

Amici Park

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Amici Park

At the corner of State and Date streets in Little Italy, Amici Park is a rare gem of a park. Located within Little Italy, Amici Park features Bocci ball courts, a small amphitheater and a large green playing field. Adjacent to Washington Elementary School, the students use the park as a playground area during school hours and the community uses it at all other times.

San Diego Mercato In Little Italy

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San Diego Mercato In Little Italy

Eat, shop and enjoy at Little Italy Mercato every Saturday, year round, 9 am to 1:30 pm. The Little Italy Mercato is the city market for downtown San Diego residents and visitors with more than 70 booths lining Date Street from Kettner to Union offering farm fresh produce, artisan foods and specialty items.

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