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San Diego County

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La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

1. La Jolla: Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and paddle inside Emerald Cave in a double kayak. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila Walking Tour

2. San Diego: Old Town Tales, Tacos, and Tequila Walking Tour

As the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego has seen its fair share of history. Today, it’s also widely regarded for its restaurants, margaritas, and souvenir shops. Start your exploration at the Adobe Chapel which served both as a home and church in the 19th century. Then, you'll be treated to handmade tortillas, a world-famous dish that dates back to before Columbus landed in North America. After that, continue the tour and see one of the oldest brick buildings in Southern California, best known for its haunting ghost stories. Marvel at the wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, including San Diego's first Synagogue. The nourishment from the tortillas will be handy as you stroll past to the original European settlement on the West Coast of the U.S. You'll see the oldest 18th-century structure in the area and learn about the history of indigenous people living on this land at the time of the arrival of European settlers. You'll visit a hundred-year-old Catholic church, followed by a stroll through a landmark cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s. By now you might be thirsty, so take a brief walk to a local tequileria boasting a collection of thousands of bottles. Here you will learn about the many different types of tequilas and be treated to a tasting of one of the best tequilas in the world. (This sample is included as part of your tour price, but you may instead choose a margarita, beer or another beverage of your choice). You’ll bid adios here, but feel free to linger over another drink, or dig into some great Mexican food. Or, if you want to keep moving, you can continue shopping and exploring this great San Diego neighborhood.

San Diego: Segway Tour of the Gaslamp District

3. San Diego: Segway Tour of the Gaslamp District

Get the perfect overview of San Diego’s landmarks and history on this 2-hour Segway tour. From downtown, through the Gaslamp Quarter to the Embarcadero and waterfront, we cover the main sights of the first city in California. The Gaslamp Segway Tour is a great introduction to San Diego. The Gaslamp district is where we started our business, and gives this tour its name. Get to know the historic heart of San Diego and see what makes the Gaslamp District home to the city’s most exciting events and nightlife, but there’s more to the tour than this charming quarter. Take in the impressive San Diego The Convention Center and breathe in Pacific air at the Seaport Pier. Enjoy a beautiful San Diego skyline view, see the USS San Diego Memorial and USS Midway on the water, check out the urban tree exhibit and Inez Parker Rose Garden, and much more! Explore San Diego by Segway to experience the sights and history of the first city in California.

San Diego: Gaslamp District Exploration Game

4. San Diego: Gaslamp District Exploration Game

Explore San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter in a different way: by solving puzzles and following clues on an app on your phone. Every time you solve one puzzle, the clues to the next location will be revealed to you. Simply follow your live-tracking GPS map along your route. Start at the Gaslamp Historical Sign and click Play on your smartphone's explortation game app to start your self-guided walking tour of the historical quarter. Then, you're off! Kick up the competition by competing against your friends or family on separate devices or complete the exploration game as one team — the choice is yours. Best of all, explore the area at your own pace, pausing the game at any point and resuming from the location where you paused it. Solve challenges and see history unfold in front of your eyes, learning about the area as you have some fun. Simply follow the exact directions on your phone and you will be guided to the next location.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

5. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

San Diego: Barrio Logan Food and Art Guided Walking Tour

6. San Diego: Barrio Logan Food and Art Guided Walking Tour

Discover the neighborhood of Barrio Logan, one of San Diego's hidden gems. Eat and drink your way through this lively area and check out art and murals along the way accompanied by your local guide. Explore a neighborhood that is filled with incredible street art, boutique shops, and some of the best food and drinks in San Diego. Sample some of the great food and art that this area has to offer and check out some of the local art galleries during the course of the tour. In between tastings, your tour guide will help you to learn more about this key San Diego district. It's an epicenter of Mexican-American culture where you can find the largest collection of Chicano murals in the world.

Solana Beach: Full Day Surf Board Rental

7. Solana Beach: Full Day Surf Board Rental

Explore San Diego's swells with this surf board rental from Solana Beach. Get advice on where the best surfing is for the conditions of the day. Ride on a surfboard for beginners, or pick one that is suitable for more experienced surfers. Head to the surf shop and simply pick up your board. Keep your board for a full 24-hours. Have the freedom to surf at Solana Beach or venture further afield in search of larger waves and new stretches of sand. Choose from an array of surfboards like a 5’10 Vernor twin fin "Baker" or a 9’0" Surftech soft-top. Beginners can pick from soft-tops that are 7-9 feet long. Select a single fin longboard and or choose from a range of shortboards (from 5'10" - 6'6").

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 385 reviews

This was such a fun adventure! April and Cali were amazing guides! They shared their extensive knowledge with us and provided a fun and safe environment for us to explore our new experience.

Great staff both in the store and on the water. T was very knowledgeable about the sea life. I think the second was Makala she was great and told us history of the area!

We have been coming once or twice a year to San Diego for many years and this is the first time we have done this experience and it is our favorite.

Jennifer was a fabulous guide! She made the tour really fun and what a great way to end with margaritas and tacos! The Al Pastor were phenomenal.

Well trained guides with a deep understanding of the cove habitat.