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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

San Diego Skyline at Night

San Diego’s famous sights illuminated at night!

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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See San Diego in a Different Light…

balboa park at nightYour 90-minute journey kicks off with a drive through the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, known as the Gaslamp Quarter. Famed for its vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture, this unforgettable urban playground will captivate your imagination. Then, we’ll headto Balboa Park, one of the largest outdoor cultural centers in the US, with its stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glowing bright, transformed at night, and equally as remarkable in the evening as theyare during the day.

From Balboa Park, we’ll drive to the top of the Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and downtown San Diego. We’ll make a 15-minute stop at Coronado’s Ferry Landing,a perfect photo op location, to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline visible from across the bay.

Take in Romantic Views of the City!

Then, you will re-board the trolley and headfor San Diego’s Little Italy. From its humble beginnings as the epicenter of the world’s tuna fishing industry to the high-spirited tourist destination of today, Little Italy is a chic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, packedwith trendy cocktail bars, brewpubs, and restaurants with bustling patios.

From there, we’ll make our way to the Embarcadero’s Bayfront views. You’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, the Maritime Museum’s Star of India, the USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village, the Headquarters, and also the Navy’s aircraft carriers across the bay.

After the tour, enjoy 50% OFF* all wines at the nearby Top of the Hyatt

*Must show your City Lights Night Tour Ticket to redeem. Offer Valid from 9:00 pm to midnight. Not available on holidays. Limit 3 per ticket.

And with that, you will have experienced America’s Finest City in another light, something you won’t soon forget.

Tour Highlights

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  • The Historic Gaslamp Quarter
  • Balboa Park
  • Top of the Coronado Bridge to take in the lights coming from Tijuana, Mexico
  • 15-minute stop at Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a view of the city skyline, the perfect photo opportunity
  • Little Italy
  • The Historic County Administration Building
  • Maritime Museum’s Star of India Tall Sailing Ship, the world’s oldest active sailing ship
  • Embarcadero’s bayfront views
  • 5-minute stop at the USS Midway
  • The Headquarters at Seaport Village

Additional Information


See online reservations for specific tour dates and times or call us at 866-754-0966. No tours offered during December.


Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


470 Kettner Blvd., Seaport Village, San Diego. Paid parking is available.

san diego broadway at nightReservations

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

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 complimentary shuttle service 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.

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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