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Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter

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1,443 Reviews
Open daily
5th Avenue, San Diego, 92101

The Basics

The Gaslamp Quarter bustles day and (more so at) night, and exploring the area on a guided walking or Segway tour is a fun way to take in the sights no matter the time of day. The neighborhood is visited on most San Diego city sightseeing tours and is a highlight of San Diego pub crawl tours. Top Gaslamp Quarter sights include the streets lined with historic buildings, some beautifully restored to their 19th-century architectural glory; Horton Plaza Park and its grassy lawns and interactive fountain; an array of boutiques; and the 5-story Westfield Horton Plaza mall set on the district’s eastern border. Along with its many shops and cultural offerings, the district has the city’s highest concentration of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants—making it the No. 1 place to be after dark.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Worthwhile tour
Amy-A, Jun 2021
Private Walking Tour San Diego: Little Italy and Gaslamp Quarter
Chris, the tour guide, did a great job! It was fun to learn about the history of the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. Chris was informative and engaging. We stopped at a neighborhood gelato shop in Little Italy at his recommendation and the shop did not disappoint. Very good gelato and coffee drinks!
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Fun
Sonia_A, Jun 2021
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
Very cool experience. Dan was a great guide. I would’ve liked to enter some of the buildings but understandable that that was not an option due to Covid restrictions.
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Fun
Michelle_P, Jun 2021
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
The history was interesting. The buildings were beautiful and the ghost stories were chilling. We enjoyed the walk around the Gaslamp district.
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Great tour of the area!
Shawna_O, Mar 2021
San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour
We covered so much ground! Time was spent making sure we were comfortable on the machines, which are so easy and sturdy feeling. Then we took off and saw a ton of the city! Wonderful trip and worth the money!
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Great tour
Sandi_R, Apr 2021
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
We had a great time on the tour! Our tour guides were amazing and very knowledgeable! Both were super friendly and made the stories fun and entertaining.
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Great!
Wynter_M, Apr 2021
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
The guide was super informative and a great story teller! Lots of spooky details! We walked around the gas lamp district for around 45 minutes to 1 hr and it was a great experience!! Sadly in certain areas the bars were SO loud it was hard to hear our guide but she did do her best! I recommend going during the day or a week day since the bars and restaurants were POPPIN to say the least lol.
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Would recommend!
Amanda_W, Mar 2021
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
Our tour guide, Peggy, was amazing! She made the tour fun and engaging, and was very knowledgeable about the history of downtown.
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Ghostly tour
Annie_P, Feb 2021
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
Fun and Very informative. Loved listening to the past history! Our tour guide did an amazing job! I’d definitely recommend.
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Excellent Tour
Joelyne_G, Aug 2020
San Diego Gaslamp District Ghost Tour
Excellent tour! What an amazing experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was a walking tour perfect for the weather and provided a great opportunity to learn about the San Diego area.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Gaslamp Quarter is a must-see area for shoppers, nightlife enthusiasts, and travelers who like to explore on foot.

  • If you’re traveling with kids, it’s best to visit this area during the day—things can get a little rowdy at night.

  • For a break from the bustling streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, head over to Third Avenue—the historic heart of San Diego’s Chinese community.

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How to Get There

The Gaslamp Quarter is in downtown San Diego, extending from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from Fourth to Sixth Avenue. The district is easily accessible by bus and the San Diego Trolley, and is only one block away from PETCO Park—home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.

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When to Get There

The historic Gaslamp Quarter’s sights, attractions, and businesses have varied opening hours. Visit after dark to see the neighborhood at its liveliest; stop by in the morning for a quieter experience.

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Family Fun in the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter isn’t all nightclubs and cocktails—there’s plenty of fun for the whole family, kids included. The Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House dives into the neighborhood’s colorful history, while families can explore the whimsical exhibitions at the New Children’s Museum; shout “all aboard!” at the USS Midway Museum; take the San Diego Trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo; and ride the carousel in Seaport Village.

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