Spruce Street Footbridge

Spruce Street Footbridge, San Diego: Hours, Address, Spruce Street Footbridge Reviews: 4.5/5

Spruce Street Footbridge
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • Bridges
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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formoey
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This is a fun spot to visit! We went on a Saturday afternoon and it's difficult to get the bridge to yourself for the full time back and forth, but it wasn't outrageously packed. The bridge itself was fun and just all the trees and what not are scenic. In terms of COVID - there's a good mix of people with and without masks, but the bridge is wide enough to quickly pass people.
Written November 22, 2020
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Justin P
Connecticut53 contributions
It's worth the walk over the bridge if you are in the area. Affords you a decent view of the city and incoming aircraft to the airport. Truly 10-15 minutes in the area at the most. Worth walking over and taking a few photos in our opinion.
Written March 5, 2020
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vagabondginger
Alicante, Spain1,315 contributions
I am including a photo map of the Seven Bridge Walk which starts in Balboa Park and loops around thru Hillcrest for 5.5 miles. It is such an interesting walk and I went with a Y group and our leader had the write-up of the history of each bridge. The Spruce Street Footbridge is indeed a swaying one. Best to just google it and get all the info if you want to do the whole walk. It makes for a good activity for a group or I will definitely do it again with a friend or even solo.
Written January 20, 2020
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Trip7033
san diego ca1 contribution
first time i went on spruce street footbridge I was scared to death , the couple i was with along with 2 people who were already on bridge started making the bridge swing back and forth, they really had it swinging. I was terrified! I got really pissed off because they thought it was funny, ilet them know i was serious when i said stop it now i want off, I was almost in tears. they finally stopped and let me get off.
Written April 20, 2003
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Walt K
Warren, Michigan96 contributions
Family
This suspension footbridge was erected in 1912 and is less than a mile from Balboa Park. For me it was a moving and personal experience to revisit this for the first time in more than 60 years.
Written June 28, 2014
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RotatingGlobe
New York203 contributions
Couples
~10-minute visit if you have the time to get side-tracked a bit. Originally thought it wouldn't fit our schedule, but at the end, we made the effort and it really made a good afternoon side trip.

Situated around a residential area, it was peaceful and two other groups were there visiting at the time. The first few steps may be a little daunting (esp for people afraid of heights), but it great to experience the openness and a free "mini-adventure". One father had swayed the bridge a bit (he had a young son with him). As long as you walk in the middle of the bridge, it should feel more stable.

The walk from one end to the other end was not long at all (I was doing a slow video and it took 4 minutes one-way).

*TIP*: Since you are around the neighborhood, check out Quince Street Bridge, which is very close by. I learned of this when I posted to the forum. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60750-i41-k6576649-Spruce_Street_Footbridge-San_Diego_California.html
Written August 3, 2013
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alfarm
64 contributions
I like doing things off the beaten path, so this was on my list of potential places to hit while exploring San Diego. It was on our path from lunch to Balboa Park, so I routed us over it. I was glad we went, but my partner wasn't thrilled about the walk to it - almost all uphill on a hot day through neighborhoods. There's not much to see once you're there, but it's still a novelty to walk across a suspension bridge in the middle of a city. If it's on your way somewhere, by all means cross it, but I wouldn't seek it out.
Written May 12, 2018
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Basiluzzo
San Diego396 contributions
Friends
The reviews of this little bridge all are pretty accurate, but here's some background: when the bridge was built in 1912, it was meant to shorten the walk for the people who lived on the west side of the bridge, to the street car lines that ran on 4th and 5th avenues to the east. This neighborhood, called Banker's Hill, was one of the first residential areas to be developed outside Old Town, downtown, and Golden Hill (east of downtown). The streetcars made it possible to live further from downtown, so making it easy to get to the streetcars was a priority. There's another footbridge nearby, continuing Quince Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. It's a wood trestle bridge, not as picturesque, but more useful to locals - I use it frequently. If you want to walk in the canyon under the Quince Street bridge, you can approach it north of the bridge on 3rd. The canyon under the Spruce Street bridge is much harder to get to by foot, and involves a long drive from the bridge (unless you scramble down people's property - please don't!). It's interesting to note that almost no trees are native to San Diego, so when the bridge was built, the landscape was very different - every tree you see, including the palms, has grown there since the bridge was built! Old photos of San Diego are startling because it was so barren compared to now.

The Spruce St bridge has become much more popular recently - I've lived nearby for 20 years. Locals appreciate how beautiful it is, and it's a beautiful neighborhood, a mixture of humble apartment buildings, modern condos, and grand old houses that are some of the oldest in the city. When you visit, please remember that you are in a residential neighborhood, so blocking driveways, throwing trash in yards, and drinking and playing loud music on the bridge in the middle of the night is beginning to get the attention of the police. Also, people are beginning to fasten locks to the bridge, as romantic symbols. Please don't do that, they have to be removed and can cause damage to the cables that hold the bridge up. Most visitors, of course, are just there to appreciate its history and the quiet beauty of the place.
Written August 17, 2015
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Casey B
Salem, IL207 contributions
We were excited to see the bridge and check out view. Arrived and wasn't even sure if it was safe part of town but decided to get out of car and walk the short distance to bridge. Upon arriving see an over filling trash can that stunk really bad. Bridge was okay but there was no view all grown up and nasty. Do not waste your time.
Written July 25, 2014
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June
Los Angeles, CA353 contributions
Friends
This is such a cool place to visit. Free, amazing, & picturesque! Parking was not an issue; plenty around the neighborhood, and it feels very safe. You can walk, across the bridge as many times as you would like. It does swing a bit, but not much. The architecture is also a sight to see.

I found a neighbor who was hosting a yard sale so that was an extra bonus. There isn't much to see outside of the area, but it doesn't hurt to walk around.

A Camera or camera phone is a must! ENjoy
Written June 14, 2014
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