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Balboa Part at Night in San Diego, CA
USS Midway Museum at Night in San Diego, CA
Broadway at Night in San Diego, CA
Panorama of San Diego Skyline at Night

Shining A Light On ‘America’s Finest City’

One look at San Diego’s glimmering skyline at night with swaths of color dancing off the surface of San Diego Bay, and you’ll get an idea why they call this place ‘America’s Finest City.’ On this marvelous night tour, expert guides will navigate you to romantic panoramic views as you cruise past on our trolley notable landmarks, experiencing this city from a completely different viewpoint. San Diego remains one of the most gorgeous places in the United States whether the lights are on or off.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

An overview of the awesome views you’ll be enjoying.

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See America’s Finest City by moonlight
San Diego’s only historic trolley night tour
Night Tour Trolley in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter
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Nobody knows San Diego better
Expert guides
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See the twinkle from Tijuana
See Mexico from the Coronado Bridge
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San Diego is very photogenic
Amazing photo opportunities
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POINTS OF INTEREST

From the magnificent display of lights illuminating the most elegant architecture in the city in Balboa Park to the famous fountain across from the opulent U.S. Grant Hotel, here’s a taste of things to come.

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Old Town Market

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Coronado’s Ferry Landing

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Old Town State Historic Park

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The Historic Gaslamp Quarter

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Balboa Park

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Coronado Bridge

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Embarcadero's Bayfront

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Historic County Administration Building

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Maritime Museum

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The USS Midway Museum

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Seaport Village

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Coronado’s Ferry Landing

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  • Old Town Market

    • san diego old town state historic park
      Old Town State Historic Park
      Old Town State Park is known as the birthplace of California. Here, you'll get a glimpse of life in the Mexican and early American periods from 1821 to 1872.
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    • san diego gaslamp quarter
      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 parties.
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    • san diego balboa park
      Balboa Park
      A sprawling collection of Spanish Colonial Revival and Moorish architecture that encompasses 17 museums as the gateway to the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
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    • Paronamic view of the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, CA
      Coronado Bridge
      This elegant example of human engineering is your path to the town of Coronado. You’ll also be able to see the distant twinkle coming from Tijuana, Mexico.
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    • san diego embarcadero marina park
      Embarcadero's Bayfront
      This is San Diego’s massive cruise ship hub which is surrounded by a host of different attractions like chic eateries and boutiques as well as large public parks.
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    • Sightseeing aboard Old Town Trolley San Diego
      Historic County Administration Building
      Built as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Project Administration, this Beaux Arts-style building was hailed as the best of its kind in the city.
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    • san diego maritime museum
      Maritime Museum
      Established in 1948, this museum preserves one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States.
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    • USS Midway Museum
      The USS Midway Museum
      One of the country’s longest-serving aircraft carriers now serves as a museum that houses fighter jets and helicopters from different eras along with a large collection of military memorabilia.
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    • downtown seaport village boardwalk
      Seaport Village
      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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  • Coronado’s Ferry Landing

    • san diego coronado ferry
      Coronado’s Ferry Landing
      A charming collection of specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants where visitors and locals alike come to enjoy the palm-lined pathways and open-air amusements.
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Balboa Park in San Diego, CA at Night

San Diego’s History - How Did We Get Here?

Not one of the now extinct native civilizations that occupied the area that would later be known as San Diego had ever laid eyes on a European until the year 1542. In that year, Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo set sail on an expedition from Mexico and reached his destination several months later. The area was claimed for the Spanish Crown and named after San Diego de Alcalá de Henares, a monk. Over two centuries later, Gaspar de Portolå established a military base, or presidio, and life for the settlers happened within those walls until the 1820s when the area known as Old Town was in its infancy. In subsequent years, the city would experience exponential growth thanks to the introduction of the Santa Fe Railway and, by the 1940s, had over 200,000 residents. With the U.S. Navy having been firmly established there in previous years, WWII ushered in even more growth and San Diego’s land area and population each nearly quadrupled between 1950 and 2000. San Diego’s founding has been regarded as the birth of California itself.

THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

The night time is the right time to get in some quality time at the many restaurants and evening diversions San Diego has to offer. Here are just a few of them.

TOUR SCHEDULE & DETAILS

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TOUR DURATION

Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes* long

BOARDING LOCATION

470 Kettner Blvd.
Seaport Village
San Diego, CA 92101

DEPARTURE TIME

See online reservations for specific tour dates and times.

Tour information:

  • See online reservations for specific tour dates and times or call us at 866-754-0966. No tours offered during December.
  • Please dress appropriately as there may be cool temperatures at night. Part of the tour involves walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Due to traffic congestion and time constraints, we do not visit the Gaslamp Quarter sign or the Hotel del Coronado.
  • We offer a complimentary shuttle to Seaport Village for any guest wishing to start their night from Old Town.
  • The shuttle will take you to Seaport Village from our trolley stop at 4010 Twiggs Street in Old Town. At the end of your tour, the trolley will shuttle guests back to Old Town.
  • Shuttle times from Old Town vary by season. Shuttle leaves one hour prior to the start of your tour. Please arrive in Old Town at least 30 minutes earlier than shuttle departure to allow for parking. For more information, call 619-298-8687.
  • The tour includes one 20-minute photo-op stop at the Coronado Ferrylanding.

 

*Reservations are required. Guests must check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Late check-in may result in forfeited reserved seat. First to check-in, first seated. Reservation based tickets are non-refundable. You may reschedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time by calling 619-298-8687.

PARKING & BOARDING

The downtown area has numerous parking opportunities in paid lots. There is no designated free parking to board the tour.

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

We request a 24-hour advance notice for accessible trolleys. Please call customer service at 629-208-0200.

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What Our Guests Are Saying

“New Night Lights Tour – We really enjoyed the new Night Lights Tour, which had only been operating for two weeks. Since we had enjoyed the daytime tour earlier, which follows the same route, we were pleased to find that the night time sights allowed the driver to introduce us to many different buildings that were not particularly noticeable in the daytime and tell us about their history. The 20-minute stop on Coronado Island was well-timed and appreciated. We had time to stroll along to the beach to get night time views of Coronado Bridge and Downtown San Diego. Although we had learned about many of the historic buildings earlier on the day tour, they appeared quite different at night, and the tours were different enough to make them both worthwhile” – C.G.

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