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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Overview

Explore San Diego's LGBTQ+ history on a vibrant walking tour of Hillcrest. Discover the early gay bars, Harvey Milk Street, the Center, and more as you delve into the stories and events that shaped this lively "gayborhood."

🏳️‍🌈 Embark on a colorful LGBTQ+ History Tour through the vibrant streets of Hillcrest

🗺️ Discover the early gay bars, Harvey Milk Street, the Center, and more iconic landmarks

🕰️ Journey through time to learn about the migration of gay bars, the growth of the LGBTQ+ population, and the community's journey to acceptance

♿ The tour is wheelchair accessible, making it inclusive for everyone to join and celebrate LGBTQ+ history.

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Year-Round,
Fridays & Saturdays at 1:00pm & 4:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome
  • Physical limitations: Need to be able to walk 1.1 miles

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Children: All participants must pay to participate, children included
  • Pets: This experience is not pet friendly
  • Individuals with disabilities: This tour is wheelchair accessible

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • What’s included:
    • 1.5 hour guided tour
    • Food and drink are NOT included
    • We do not enter any ships or buildings
  • Who will be present: Your party size can be as small as 1 person, our tours require a minimum of 4 paid guests to run and can have up to 16 participants per tour. You will have a guide with you at all times.
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket/reservations
  • Photo/ video: You may take your own photos

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: Final weather decisions are made 2 hours before the event. The tour will run in light rain. In the case of a downpour we will give you the option to run in the rain or cancel. In heavy rain we will contact you 2 hours before the event to see what you would prefer. If you cancel, you will have the option to reschedule for a future date.
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive 15 minutes in advance
  • Parking:
    • 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.
    • This is a point to point tour. We will begin near Urban Mo’s and end at the Hillcrest Pride Flag. (Most Sundays the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market is operating at this location also.)
    • 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.
  • What to wear: Good walking shoes and maybe a hat
  • What to bring: A water bottle and sunscreen.
  • Restrooms: No stops will be made on this tour, please use a facility before arriving

Full description

Celebrate the vibrant history of San Diego's LGBTQ+ community on a fascinating walking tour of Hillcrest! This immersive experience takes you on a journey through time, uncovering the stories and landmarks that have shaped the city's iconic "gayborhood."

Stroll through the colorful streets of Hillcrest as you learn about the early gay bars that laid the foundation for the community's growth and acceptance. Stand in awe as you encounter the hate crimes plaque, a powerful reminder of the struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community and a symbol of resilience and unity.

The tour continues with a visit to Harvey Milk Street, a tribute to the legendary activist who paved the way for LGBTQ+ rights. Feel the sense of empowerment as you walk past The Center, a hub of support and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community.

Discover the fascinating history behind the Rainbow Flag, an emblem of pride and diversity that has become an international symbol of LGBTQ+ rights. Hear the captivating stories of individuals, places, and events that have contributed to making Hillcrest the vibrant and inclusive community it is today.

This isn't just a history lesson – it's a celebration of love, acceptance, and unity. The LGBTQ+ History Tour is designed for people of all ages, offering an engaging and enjoyable experience for anyone with an interest in LGBTQ+ history and a passion for equality.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

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If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked and all bookings are final.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
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Jessica T.

Taking the LGBTQ+ History Tour was an eye-opening and empowering experience. The knowledgeable guide shared fascinating stories of resilience and triumph, making me feel proud to be part of such a vibrant community.

Jake Carstens

As an ally, I joined the LGBTQ+ History Tour to better understand the struggles faced by the community. The tour's powerful storytelling and emphasis on acceptance left a lasting impact, motivating me to be a better advocate for equality.

Will Hammond

The tour's inclusivity and warm atmosphere created a safe space for everyone. I appreciated the opportunity to learn about the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals throughout history, leaving me with a sense of hope and unity.