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Skip-the-Line: USS Midway Museum Entry Ticket

1. Skip-the-Line: USS Midway Museum Entry Ticket

Take a self-guided audio tour onboard the world’s longest-serving aircraft carrier, the historic USS Midway. See the carrier’s 25 restored aircraft from the days of WWII to Operation Desert Storm. Visit areas throughout the Midway, from the crew's sleeping quarters to the pilots' ready rooms. Docents are available throughout the carrier and are eager to share their stories, anecdotes, and statistics, creating a picture of just how important the USS Midway was to the U.S. Navy. Most guests spend 3 to 4 hours exploring this historic aircraft carrier and learning its history. The included audio guide, available in 6 languages, will help you explore the dozens of highlighted areas across the massive ship.  There are family-oriented activities throughout the Museum. Included are 3 types of flight simulators, music videos, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, and more. The Museum is located at the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.

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San Diego: San Diego Natural History Museum Ticket

2. San Diego: San Diego Natural History Museum Ticket

The San Diego Natural History Museum is a flagship institution in Balboa Park, showcasing the regional natural history and unique biodiversity of Southern California and Baja California. The museum has four floors of exhibitions, a 3D theater, and San Diego’s only Foucault pendulum. Through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, numerous educational programs, and the opportunity to see scientists at work, the Museum fosters a lifelong love of learning about nature and the environment for visitors of all ages. Current exhibits include: Hidden Gems Get to know The Nat's sparkly side with more than 100 of the best, brightest, and most spectacular selections from our gems and mineral collection. These hidden gems will be on every floor of the Museum. The Backyard Learn and explore the natural world through play. This new space invites our youngest visitors (ages 0-5) to play under a shade tree, search for hidden secrets along a wooden fence, or read their favorite book in a cozy potting shed. Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage This new exhibition gives visitors a rare "backstage" glimpse of the museum's storage areas. Specimens arranged on shelves and in cases offer the opportunity to revel in the natural world in all its beauty and peculiarity. Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science This new, permanent exhibition explores the past, present and future of citizen science through rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents. Coast to Cactus in Southern California This innovative, permanent exhibition tells the story of this amazing place called home. Take an immersive walk through the major regions of southern California's coast, inland valleys, mountains, and deserts and celebrate the abundant variety of life found here. Fossil Mysteries From dinosaurs to mastodons, travel through 75 million years and dig into the rich fossil history of southern California and Baja California. Skulls Take a look at 200 of the weirdest, wildest, and most fascinating animal skulls from our research collection. Giant-Screen Theater The Subaru Giant Screen Experience is one-of-a-kind. Settle into the 300-seat, stadium-style theater and enjoy films on the massive screen.

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Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

3. Brothels, Bites and Booze: San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour

Join us on a tour of the Gaslamp Quarter and we’ll tell you about the infamous Stingaree District, once a center of scandal and debauchery. We’ll walk along streets that featured 120 brothels at one point, and served as one of Southern California’s major red light districts. On our Brothels, Bites, and Booze Tour you’ll hear tales from the past that are funny and some that are hard to believe! During our 2.5-hour excursion you’ll see how this area has been restored and is now home to San Diego’s main nightlife and dining destinations. The Gaslamp Quarter now features more than 100 restaurants and bars. We’ll take you to some of the best restaurants in the area so you can taste a variety of popular ethnic cuisines and some alcoholic beverages as well! Most guests find that the samples on the tour are quite filling and are at least as much food as a full meal. You might want to eat no more than a very light snack before the tour – or nothing at all!

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GPS Talking Tour Cars: Downtown & Old Town

4. GPS Talking Tour Cars: Downtown & Old Town

Take a GPS-guided tour in the Storytelling Car® and see for yourself why TIME Magazine called GoCar "The Most Amazing Invention of the Year!" Let GoCar be your guide through an exciting loop of San Diego. GoCar, The Cure for the Common Tour®, lets you experience the beauty of San Diego and visit places tour busses cannot go – all at your own pace! Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and let the GoCar show you what most visitors never see! Zip around in a cute, yellow Storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive. Since it is GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don’t. With you in the driver’s seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells the stories that bring the city to life. Let the car direct you, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail! Above is only a suggested route. Your tour’s length may vary due to circumstances such as departure time and location, traffic and your itinerary. If you do take additional rental time, this will be billed in 15-minute increments at our retail rates. You may visit all or some of the tour’s highlights. If you are unsure of which tour to book, just book according to the amount of time you think you would like to spend. We can customize a tour especially for you, with the sights you want to include, when you come into our shop. PRICING IS PER VEHICLE NOT PER PERSON. EACH VEHICLE SEATS 2 PEOPLE. GoCar Tours, a CarbonNeutral® Company Gocar Tours is certified CarbonNeutral® by offsetting all CO2 emissions from vehicle operations, electricity use, business travel and employee commuting across global operations in Europe and the United States.

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Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

5. Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

Experience San Diego like never before, and in the upmost style, with a 2020 talking Vanderhall car. The GoCar Exotic gets 30 mph, and goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. You'll be able to see some of the greatest sights San Diego has to offer from a comfortable seat, with your car telling you all about the most important sights. From the stunning Balboa park which is littered with Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, to over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and more - you'll see it all from your storytelling car. Explore the diverse and beautiful downtown San Diego at its finest, from the Maritime Museum to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. You'll also pass by Little Italy, the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, Bankers Hill, San Diego Zoo, Hillcrest Neighborhood and so much more.

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San Diego: Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Downtown & Balboa

6. San Diego: Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Downtown & Balboa

Pick up your scooter at the rental location and hit the road after a brief tutorial. Begin your tour by riding down the streets of Little Italy. If you feel like, stop into a restaurant and grab a quick slice of pizza. It’s your self-guided tour, and you set the pace. Feel the cool ocean breezes as you check out the schooners, steam tugs, and paddle wheel boats that make up the by the Maritime Museum. See the USS Midway, a massive decommissioned aircraft that’s docked in the San Diego Bay.  Cruise through the Seaport Village, a buzzing entertainment and shopping area that connects the harbor to the city’s downtown. Pick out where you’re going to party once it gets dark as you explore the Horton Plaza Historic Gaslamp Quarter, the epicenter of San Diego’s nightlife. Admire the architecturally magnificent Petco Park, the home of San Diego’s baseball team the Padre’s. Enjoy going down the quaint residential streets of the upscale Banker’s Hill. Explore Balboa Park which is dotted with Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and a world-renowned outdoor organ pavilion. Journey to the always happening Hillcrest neighborhood, a buzzing part of town known for its many restaurants and thriving LBGT community. After seeing the best of San Diego, come back to the rental location and return your scooter.

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Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

7. Coronado: GPS-Guided Scooter Tour & Round-Trip Ferry

Discover California's Crown Jewel, Coronado Island, on a memorable GPS-guided fat tire scooter tour. Set off to explore Coronado's pristine beaches, the famous Hotel del Coronado, the Ferry Landing, shops, and much more.  Start the tour in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, then board the ferry to take you over to Coronado Island. See the visually stunning Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Harbor as you cross the water. Make your way through Downtown Coronado and hear all about Coronado Island’s rich history. Drive along the beaches and pass by the Naval Air Station on North Island.  As you enjoy the drive and visit all the best sites, receive restaurant recommendations, hear jokes and stories that bring the destination to life. Finally, return to your start point where this memorable and unique tour concludes.

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La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

8. La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on a combo self-guided tour that takes you on a walking tour of the coast and a driving tour of the neighborhood. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Start your walking tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk. Continue to the coast and get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Walk along the waterfront and learn how La Jolla got its name. Spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood. Take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Along the way, be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions and learn how to tell the two apart. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot an orca whale off the shore. Next, see Seal Rock. If you haven’t spotted a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Nearing the end of the walking portion of your tour, visit the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see. Next, start the driving portion of the tour. Cruise along the coast and hear about the brothers who bought all this land for less than $2 per acre and the woman responsible for the town’s longstanding cultural institutions. Visit the historic La Jolla Woman’s Club and hear about Ellen Browning Scripps, La Jolla’s most important figure. Next, see the beautiful Wisteria Cottage and take in beautiful views. Then it’s on to the Athenaeum, a library for music and the arts. Round off your tour by visiting the Valencia Hotel, the city’s go-to hotel for Hollywood’s rich and famous for a hundred years.

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San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

9. San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore La Jolla’s coastal beauty with maximum flexibility, safety, and value on this self-guided audio and GPS tour. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. The commentary will play automatically based on your location. Start your tour at the Cave Store in La Jolla Cove. Learn about La Jolla’s early struggles with drinkable water, its historic figures like Ellen Scripps and Dr. Seuss, and its growth into the “Jewel” of the California coastline. Then, explore Coast Boulevard, La Jolla Cove, and Prospect Avenue. Finish your tour at La Valencia Hotel, a La Jolla landmark.

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San Diego: Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Downtown & Old Town

10. San Diego: Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Downtown & Old Town

Start your tour with a trip through historic Little Italy. Once home to the city’s Italian community, the neighborhood has now become a modern business and arts district. Make your way to the bay and see ships that explored the new world, and patrolled the waters in time of war. Then cruise down the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter which was once San Diego’s red-light district, but is now the center of the city’s nightlife.  Leave modern San Diego and take a trip through the past as you check out the beautiful Mission Hills and the historic Fort Stockton. Visit Presidio Park where see the old Spanish mission used to stand. Ride through Old town San Diego and see how the city looked in the era of the old west when its Spanish and American residents were just laying the foundation for a thriving community.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Awesome way to see and learn about the workings of an aircraft carrier! The docents are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, most of whom served on the Midway. The self-guided tour listening devices were amazing! We loved going at our own pace, stopping at the sites we were interested in.

This was a great little app. Its geofencing capabilities meant the tour auto-started as I approached each of the stops. I would love to buy this tour for other towns and cities that I visit. I did the walking portion. It was fun

Excellent tour; guides are ex navy or pilots; very knowledgeable; professional; generous with their time and information. Informative and entertaining experience. Definitely recommend!!! A must in San Diego

The ability to purchase tickets online was very simple and quick and very efficient to skip the line.

Stephen was a great guide. Definitely will book this tour again.