2021 Guided Walking Tours & Schedule  - Temporarily Suspended Until Further Notice - Download a map for a self-guided tour any time.


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.

2021 Schedule

January 9 OE East - Cancelled due to COVID

February 13 Downtown - Cancelled due to COVID

March 13 OE West

April 10 OE East 

May 8 Downtown 

June 12 Rediscover Escondido 

July 10 OE West 

August 14 OE East 

September 11 Downtown

October 9 Rediscover Escondido

November 13 OE West 

December – No Tour; Enjoy the Christmas Parade!

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 Postponed 


  In compliance with the California Department of Public Health recommendations for slowing the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the Adobe Heritage Association has decided to postpone the 9th Annual Adobe Home Tour indefinitely.

  For updates related to the rescheduling of the tour, check the website, and "like" the Facebook page, "San Diego Adobe Home Tour." 

Note: All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 tour will be honored on the new date.

   Depending on the availability of the homes previously designated, the 9th Annual San Diego Adobe Home Tour will explore the "Romance of the Rancho" with four beautiful adobe homes in Rancho Santa Fe and Esc. Ticket holders will have a rare opportunity to tour the interiors and grounds of the diverse properties, the earliest built in 1831 and restored under the guidance of Lillian Rice in 1924. Also on the tour, is a home built in 1926 by Louis M. Richard, geologist for the highly respected Gladding McBean Tile Company, a ranch house with a view over Lake Hodges and enchanting landscape.  Please remember that the scheduled properties are subject to change; please check back for updates.

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