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Our most recommended San Diego County, California Tours

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: Haunted Ghost Tour by Bus

2. San Diego: Haunted Ghost Tour by Bus

Explore the dark side of San Diego, visiting the Whaley House, Davis-Horton House, Horton Grand Hotel, Villa Montezuma, and El Campo Santo Cemetery, on a haunted bus tour. Get ready for eerie encounters and chilling tales. Keep your camera ready to capture orbs and other paranormal phenomena. Travel in comfort aboard a coffin-like tour bus and be entertained by theatrically-trained storytellers who will keep you captivated with dramatic presentations and fascinating stories, all while providing the perfect blend of history, folklore, and comedy with a haunted twist. Follow your guides as they lead you through the city's sinister history, unraveling spine-tingling tales and revealing paranormal activity at 5 notorious sites. Combine light walking and bus transportation, disembarking at each location to see it up close. Go beyond the usual old town haunts to lesser-known, yet equally bone-chilling locations. Visit the mysterious mansion in Sherman Heights, where séance music still lingers in the air. Venture into the heart of Downtown's Gaslamp district and enter a haunted hotel. Next, visit a deadly hospital – a location that ghost hunters consider the most active paranormal site in the city. Uncover the stories of those who lived and died at these sites and learn about the spirits that are said to still haunt them today.

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

3. 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.

Gaslamp Quarter: San Diego's Ghostly History Walking Tour

4. Gaslamp Quarter: San Diego's Ghostly History Walking Tour

Haunted Gaslamp Walking Ghost Tour - Gaslamp’s Haunted Past: Dare to Walk the Streets Unlike our competitors - we go inside! Your evening begins at the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Arch, where your charismatic host, clad in Victorian attire or black, will guide you through the buzzing city streets. Prepare to immerse yourself in the district's colorful past, filled with wild citizens, infamous brothels, and some truly eerie encounters. The tour will lead you to several key points of interest in the city, each with its own unique tale. Anticipate a mix of haunted stories, accounting for 70% of the tour, and a portion dedicated to true crime, serial killers, and the bizarre. You'll learn about the city's former brothels and might even get to play a guessing game - which locations used to house these establishments? While the content can get dark, we maintain a light-hearted atmosphere with cheesy one-liners and fun facts sprinkled throughout. As we navigate the streets, you’ll be introduced to the colorful characters and notorious figures that once called these streets home. From the infamous Stingaree red-light district to the haunted halls of the Horton Grand Hotel, we’ll explore over 20 locations, each with its own unique tale of terror and intrigue - where you’ll uncover tales of voodoo queens, shadow people, and the terrifying deadzone. Our knowledgeable guides will provide fascinating insights into the history and architecture of the Gaslamp Quarter. You’ll discover how this once-seedy neighborhood has transformed into a bustling entertainment hub while retaining its haunted past. From Victorian-era buildings to hidden underground tunnels, you’ll uncover the stories that lie beneath the surface of this vibrant district. You’ll also learn about the tragic events that have left their mark on the city, such as unsolved murders and devastating fires. In addition to the ghostly tales and historical anecdotes, our Gaslamp Haunted Walking Tour offers plenty of opportunities for paranormal investigation. You’ll have the chance to capture evidence of the supernatural as you explore some of San Diego’s most haunted locations. Who knows what spirits may be lurking in the shadows? Just remember, experiences aren’t guaranteed – we can’t employ ghosts, so you’ll have to get lucky. Please note that this tour covers approximately 1.5 miles of walking and may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a jacket, as the evenings can be cool. Parental discretion is advised for younger children due to the spooky nature of the stories shared and the vibe of some of the locations. Don’t forget your camera, as you never know what ghostly apparitions might appear during your adventure! Thanks for going and supporting the only truly local small business tour downtown.

Solana Beach: Electric Bike Rental with 5-Level Pedal Assist

5. Solana Beach: Electric Bike Rental with 5-Level Pedal Assist

Experience the beautiful Solana Beach and admire its pristine beaches with a convenient electric bike rental. Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace and benefit from a 750w 5-level pedal assist. Pick up your electric bike and helmet, and begin your scenic ride. Enjoy the sunny climate San Diego has to offer as you explore surrounding towns, such as Del Mar, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, and much more. Benefit from a full throttle or 5 levels of pedal assist for a smooth and enjoyable sightseeing experience. At the end of your rental, return the bike, lock, and helmet to the office.

Alpine: Lions Tigers & Bears Sanctuary Visit and Feeding

6. Alpine: Lions Tigers & Bears Sanctuary Visit and Feeding

Take a tour of the Lions, Tigers, and Bears Sanctuary in Alpine to meet the exotic animals that are housed in the rescue center. See animals like bobcats, leopards, and lions up close, and take part in feeding one of the rescued animals part of their daily diet. Meet your guide at the rescue center and embark on a guided tour of the facility. See the rescued animals, including bobcats, leopards, African servals, mountain lions, and jaguars. Learn about their lives and how the sanctuary takes care of them. Next, help out by feeding one of the animals yourself. See what it's like to actively contribute to the rescue and safety of formerly abused and abandoned big cats and bears.

Solana Beach: Private Surf Lesson with Board and Wetsuit

7. Solana Beach: Private Surf Lesson with Board and Wetsuit

Enjoy a 2-hour private surf lesson at Solana Beach with your professional surf instructor. Catch some waves and learn when to paddle and when to pop up. Learn how to surf safely and effectively under the guidance of an instructor who will teach you the proper skills whether you are a beginner or already have experience. Learn important surfing etiquette and how to wipe out properly. After your lesson, you can relax on the pristine beaches and enjoy the views.

Solana Beach: E-Bike Tour to Torrey Pines or North Coast

8. Solana Beach: E-Bike Tour to Torrey Pines or North Coast

Discover San Diego on a private guided electric bike tour from Solana Beach to Torrey Pines or up the North Coast. Enjoy scenic views of nature, and make stops at viewpoints and landmarks along the way. Start your tour at the activity base to meet your guide. Get comfortable on your high-powered e-bike featuring five levels of pedal assist. Choose between a tour of the North Coast or ride south to Torrey Pines. Ride to Torrey Pines You'll start the tour by heading past Del Mar Dog Beach, as you ride across the bridge over the Del Mar river mouth and lagoon. Take your first stop at Powerhouse Park and Beach. Spend some time enjoying the ocean air and beach scenery before heading into downtown Del Mar, including stopping by the main plaza. Next, ride to the famous Del Mar race track and learn about its history and usage from your guide. Continue to a scenic looking-point on 4th Street to admire the unbeatable views of the ocean. Finally, head to Torrey Pines State Beach and take a break to explore by foot and take in the picturesque beach vistas. From there you'll ride back to Solana Beach, with a final detour to see the Del Mar lagoon. North Coast Ride Take an oceanside route with stops to explore by foot, including the Harbaugh Seaside Trails, Cardiff, Swami's Beach, and downtown Encinitas. Begin by riding to Harbaugh Seaside Trails, where you'll stop for a quick hike to reach a viewing point overlooking the bluff of the Seaside Reef surf spot. Next, ride through the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail before stopping in Cardiff-by-the-Sea to admire the town's beach views. Then, travel to Encinitas and stop at Swami's Beach to explore the area, including the famous palm tree alley. In Encinitas, you'll make stops at picturesque boat houses, take a route through the downtown area, and wander along Moonlight Beach. From there, ride back to Solana Beach while taking in the ocean views.

San Diego: Segway Tour of the Gaslamp District

9. 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.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

10. 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.

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Having never been on a sea kayak, I was a bit nervous, but our guides were excellent and made it easy to launch. We used up every bit of the 90-minute tour, saw lots of sea life, including leopard sharks, Garibaldi, and sea lions. Even a human diver!

Excellent trip, guides were informative and helpful. Highly recommend it!

Excellent ! Fun and got very wet ! Caves were amazing and sealife !

Had a blast with Isabella and Cali and the setting was beautiful!

Great experience with a great guide! Highly recommended.