San Diego LGBTQ History Tour

San Diego LGBTQ History Tour

This 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour walking tour of Hillcrest covers San Diego’s LGBTQ history with stories of some of its earliest gay bars, the hate crimes plaque, Harvey Milk Street, the Center, the Rainbow Flag and much more. Starting at the Brass Rail, going to The Flame on Park Boulevard, and circling back to end at the flagpole on Normal Street the tour covers the people, places and events that made San Diego’s gayborhood the vibrant community it is today. It includes tidbits such as the last remaining horse hitch in Hillcrest, why the symbol of University Heights is an ostrich, why there is an Egyptian block of Park Boulevard, the original name of University Avenue (and why it is called University Avenue considering there isn’t a university nearby), and how and why the migration of gay bars from downtown began, how San Diego and Hillcrest attracted a large LGBTQ population, and how even the gay bars were once “closeted.”


$20.00 per person


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1.5 Hours


Private Tours

Please contact us if you would like a private tour. Duration can be adjusted for private groups.

A Walk Through Pride

The tour is wheelchair accessible and is good for people of all ages who have an interest in LGBTQ history presented in a fun and interesting way. The tour meets in the corner of the Rite-Aid parking lot, 535 Robinson Avenue, San Diego 92103, across from the Starbucks and Brass Rail. Look for a man in a rainbow SD hat. There is paid parking in the lot at Rite-Aid and next to Jamba Juice. Non-metered street parking is available a few blocks south on 3rd or 1st Avenues. The tour ends at the flagpole at Normal and University. Good walking shoes, water, a hat, and sunscreen are advised for the 1.5 mile-walk. We do try for an on-time departure so allow time to find parking, which can be difficult in Hillcrest. Several bus lines stop within a few blocks so public transportation is an option.

Some of the fine print:

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible.
  • No food or drinks are served during the tour.
  • This event is subject to a minimum of 4 total guests. (Your reservation does NOT have to be 4 guests. The total number of reservations for the tour does.)
  • If the tour minimum is not reached the event will be cancelled and you will be given the option of rescheduling or a refund.
  • All ticket sales are final.
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