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©2019 by The Escondido History Center


2019 Guided Walking Tours & Schedule


Learn about Escondido’s unique history and see historic sites while getting some healthy exercise!

Held in conjunction with the “Second Saturday” Arts and Museums events, the 90-minute tours take place on the second Saturday of every month, beginning at 10:00 a.m., on the southeast corner of Broadway and Grand. No reservations needed.


Four different routes are offered:

Downtown – a tour of Grand Avenue, a glimpse into the history of Escondido’s early business district.

Rediscovering Escondido – a tour of buildings no longer standing! See the sites where once stood the USC seminary, the Hotel Escondido, Escondido High School and more.  The walk includes a fairly steep hill.

Old Escondido West – a tour of the Old Escondido Historic District, the city’s oldest neighborhood, along Broadway and to the west. You’ll see a house where mayors have lived and another where the town barber lived with his goats and chickens!  This walk also includes a steep hill.

Old Escondido East – a tour of the eastern part of the Old Escondido Historic District that includes two of our most notable Victorian period homes.

2019 Schedule

January 12 - OE East

February 9 - Downtown

March 9 - OE West

April 13 - OE East

May 11 - Downtown

June 8 - Rediscover Escondido

July 13 - OE West

August 10 - OE East

September 14 - Downtown

October 12 - Rediscover Escondido

November 9 - OE West

December - No Tour – Enjoy the Christmas Parade!

Explore Escondido - Self-Guided Tours App


Explore Escondido is a free downloadable App that helps you explore Escondido’s History, Art Galleries & Museums,
and More!  It’s easy to do::

  1. Visit the app store on your smart phone or tablet by tapping the App Store on your home screen.

  2. Search for the "Explore Escondido" app to download it for free – you’ll know it by the logo above.

  3. Open the app and choose any of several tours. Some are best walked, others driven; one is more of an "armchair" tour.

  4. Click on a tour and you’ll find directions to each stop, as well as photos and more information.

Try it today!

Maps for Self-Guided Tours
Click on a button below to download a printable PDF map of an Old Escondido Historic District Tour.
Adobe Home Tour
Check back for information about our Adobe Home Tour, held each spring!