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San Diego LGBTQ History Walking Tour

This 1.1-mile, 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 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.” You do not want to miss learning about the people, places and events that made San Diego’s gayborhood the vibrant community it is today.
City: San Diego
Fri 23 Feb
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Starting at $19.00
Fri 23 Feb
Starting at $19.00
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What's Included
Tour Guide
Additional Info
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Guests should be comfortable leisurely walking 1.1 miles over 1 hour.
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
What To Expect
The Hillcrest sign which greets visitors into the neighbourhood high above the intersection of Fifth and University has been a beacon of diversity since it was first erected in 1940. An iconic and historical piece of San Diego history! It was a gift from local women shopkeepers
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The San Diego LGBT Community Canter. In 1971 our world was a very different place. Being “out” simply wasn’t an option for many. Just being a member of the LGBTQ community could be dangerous, and there was no place to turn for help. We are proud of the history of The Center’s service. Originally just an answering machine in a borrowed closet that served as a lifeline for those looking for compassionate connection, it is now one of the largest and most vibrant LGBTQ Community Centers in the nation, providing our community with more than 84,600 direct service visits each year.
Flicks San Diego is arguably the best San Diego Gay Bar in the heart of Hillcrest, one of the original gay video bars. Also home of Welfare Wednesdays.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
A Californian street renamed after gay activist Harvey Milk had its new sign officially unveiled May 22, 2012. Formerly called Blaine Avenue.
Rich's is San Diego's largest and most popular gay nightclub. They have two large, separate rooms each with a fully-stocked bar, DJ, and dance floor.
Urban MO's Bar & Grill
We start at the Mural that is on 3rd. The perfect place for some ah-mazing selfies!
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Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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