Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation at the Davis-Horton House offers great tours for kids!

A child’s curiosity is a gift, steering them in many directions.

The Davis-Horton House offers children a unique tour guiding them into a by-gone era that would otherwise be difficult for them to imagine. Here they come to appreciate the wide array of modern conveniences that fill their lives, while learning the privations of life without them. The experience of exploring the house with a docent leaves quite an impression on a young mind – not easily forgotten.

Outside, their docent recounts the history of “New San Diego” to them, including the true story of “Bum,” San Diego’s beloved and only town dog. Strolling down the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, the children are then introduced to Victorian period architecture while they learn simple terms by which to describe the structures they are observing.

Each child leaves with an architectural workbook that can be used back in the classroom to reinforce the lessons of the day. So impressed are teachers with this program, they return year after year with their classes to nurture a fresh batch of history buffs!

The Children’s Architectural Tour is 1 ½ hours, costing $6 for both children and adults. School groups are welcome to bring their lunches to enjoy in our Pocket Park either before or after the tour.

To schedule a children’s tour, contact our Admissions Associate Celina Mogan at 619-233-4692 or via e-mail at

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