San Diego LGBTQ History Tour

San Diego LGBTQ History Tour

This 1-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. The tour covers the people, places and events that made San Diego’s “gayborhood” the vibrant community it is today.

Learn about 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.”


Walking Tour: Starting at $12.50/child & $17.50/adult


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1 Hour


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 by Urban MO’s Bar & Grill on the side with the Alex Julian Mural near the intersection of 3rd & University: 3913 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.

We do try for an on-time departure so allow plenty of time to find parking, which can be difficult in Hillcrest. There are paid parking lots at Rite-Aid, Poke Chop, Luna Grill, Peet’s Coffee, Arrivederci, 5th & Evans and next to Jamba Juice. Non-metered street parking is available on 3rd or 1st Avenues. Several bus lines stop within a few blocks so public transportation is an option.

Good walking shoes, water, a hat, and sunscreen are advised for the 1.1 mile-walk.

Some of the fine print:

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible.
  • No food or drinks are served during the tour.
  • While your party size can be as small as 1 person, our tours require a minimum of 4 paid guests to run.

    If we are unable to meet that minimum, we will reach out to you 3 hours before the event with a low attendance warning. If we still have not met the minimum at 2 hours prior we will gladly reschedule to a time and day of your choice or refund your purchase.

  • All ticket sales are final.
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