Things to Do in Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp District’s 16 blocks provide tons of things to do, and they’re all within walking distance of each other. In fact, walking is probably the best way to experience the fantastic architecture, laid-back style and awesome shops of the Gaslamp. Here are the best things to do in this amazing neighborhood:
Check Out Distinctive Shops
There are countless shops in Gaslamp Quarter, offering beautiful crafts and collectibles. Walk among charming boutiques, check out the latest fashion trends on the West Coast and pick out amazing artwork for your home. There are eclectic hats for hipsters and fashionistas alike.
Take Guided Walking Tours
This San Diego gem is officially on the National Register of Historic Places. The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation offers walking tours of the neighborhood’s iconic Davis-Horton House. Learn more about the gold rush era, prohibition and speakeasies and in the Gaslamp District.
Prohibition: San Diego's Original Speakeasy Bar
Prohibition is the original speakeasy bar in San Diego and it is well worth checking. This 1920's atmosphere bar is a great place to grab a craft cocktail or a beer with a friend. You might even catch some live music on your visit.
Explore the Gaslamp’s Art and Architecture
Photography enthusiasts and adventurous tourists can have a lot of fun just walking the streets of the Gaslamp. Take your time perusing art galleries, try on all the shoes you want or grab a cup of Irish coffee at an attractive sidewalk cafe.
Catch a Symphony
If you love classical music performances, you can’t pass up the opportunity to visit Copley Symphony Hall. This historic open-air location is where the San Diego Symphony performs. The location also hosts concerts with world-famous musicians, performers and singers.
Celebrate Spectacular Festivals
The Gaslamp is the site for the city’s biggest festivals. This includes Mardi Gras in February. Movie buffs can’t miss the legendary San Diego Film Festival. Of course, don’t forget the ultra-poplar San Diego Comic-Con event at the nearby San Diego Convention Center.
Watch a baseball game at Petco Park and visit the home of the San Diego Padres. Eat nachos or a classic hot dog and try to catch a fly ball as a great souvenir. The Padres regularly play teams such as the Dodgers, Rockies, Giants and the Diamondbacks.
For kids, experiencing Gaslamp Quarter and other places in San Diego via trolley is especially exciting. The San Diego Trolley has stations near Seaport Village in the Embarcadero, Fashion Valley Mall, Old Town, Mission Valley and several waterfront places. You can even head to the border with Tijuana.
Gaslamp is conveniently located near many family-favorite spots. For example, the world-famous San Diego Zoo is less than 3 miles away, and SeaWorld San Diego is about 8 miles away. The New Children’s Museum is right on the edge of the Gaslamp District and within walking distance.
Kids can have a blast picking out T-shirts and souvenirs in the Gaslamp or playing games at local arcades. There are plenty of places to munch on tasty waffles, burgers and ice cream nearby.