Walking Tours

Walks Around Coastal San Diego County

  • Coronado Ferry Landing | Coronado | Enjoy an urban bicycle adventure & the sights off the Coronado Ferry.  Hop on board at either the Broadway Pier or the Convention Center Marina.  Walk your bike on or rent one after you land at the Coronado Ferry Landing Shops.  Head south from the Ferry Landing through Tidelands Park & the Municipal Golf Course for an easy ride around the ‘island.’
  • Coronado Public Art | Coronado | From Tidelands Park at the foot of the Coronado Bridge, through the Village to the Hotel del Coronado, the island is proud of its active artist population and public art.  This Public Art Walking Tour is shared by the City of Coronado so that you won’t miss a thing.  Have more time to explore?  Stop by Art in the Park, 1st & 3rd Sundays at Spreckels Park in Coronado.
  • San Diego Bay Public Art | Downtown San Diego | Along the Embarcadero, stroll through the Greatest Generation Walking Tour, where the Port of San Diego has collected art commemorating our US troops’ missions through the years.  Take a look at more of the Port’s Public Art, and keep an eye out all around the Bay for these and more exciting works!
  • Balboa Park Trails | Downtown San Diego |  Within the park are miles of hiking and walking trails just waiting to be explored.  Download one of the trail maps, or drop in for one of the free tours led by docents and learn about the history and greenery of Balboa Park.  If you’re looking to find Balboa Park’s best side, take a look at the ‘Photo Friendly Tour of Balboa Park’, created by the San Diego Visitor’s Bureau.
  • Bankers Hill Walk | Banker’s Hill & Park West, San Diego |  Explore the historic homes of Banker’s Hill, just west of Balboa Park.  You can even take in the 2 wooden bridges spanning the canyon that runs through the neighborhood.  This walk was featured in the San Diego Reader’s ‘Roam-a-Rama‘.
  • Naval Training Center & Liberty Station | Point Loma | If you’re interested in discovering what’s new at Liberty Station,  you might also enjoy taking in some historic points along the  NTC Historic Walking Tour route. Learn more about each site by calling the  free Guide By Cell tour on your cell phone and following the prompts (408.794.0858).
  • Ocean Beach Historic Walking Tour | Ocean Beach | Take a look at the some of the earliest historic buildings in OB, and learn more about its days as a beach resort destination during the 1920′s.
  • Encinitas Historic Walking Tour | Encinitas  | Sitting along Hwy 101, ‘Old Encinitas’ holds a variety of buildings dating back to 1883, when the city streets were laid out and the one-room Encinitas Schoolhouse was built.   Take a look and see just how many structures survive, especially the unique Self Realization Fellowship grounds and the quirky Boathouses!

If this list has only whetted your appetite, check out this series of Walking Tour Routes developed by Carol Mendel.  Find your way around old and new neighborhoods in San Diego & get great historical insights along the way.  A San Diego Guide Map is also available on her website and for purchase (so you can take it with you as you exlpore!).