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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone Number: 619-220-5422
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and...
Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.
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A must do in San Diego

To really understand and appreciate San Diego you've got to glimpse into it's past. The convergence of cultures becomes clear when you visit Old Town. Food, crafts and history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The birth place of California and history is unbelievable. Have fun exploring Old Town San Diego and learning the history. Just think about the age less than 150 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you want to slow your pace and step back in time, this is the place to do it. Stroll through Old Town, peek in the shops, have a great lunch - then come back for the night life when the area really comes alive!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We went to Old Town via the train (Coaster) which stopped right across the street. We enjoyed the Museums and the History of the San Diego area. Loved the story about the Multiple Year drought that was so bad that in 1916 the City of San Diego hired a rainmaker, evidently the City got its money's worth - after the... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

To really understand and appreciate San Diego you've got to glimpse into it's past. The convergence of cultures becomes clear when you visit Old Town. Food, crafts and history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

On my first visit to San Diego, I knew I had to visit Old Town State Park. My girlfriend and I had a great time strolling through the shops and buildings. We bought a few small souvenirs and had a nice lunch at one of the restaurants in the park. Seems like a pretty touristy place, but we enjoyed it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Do they use Old Town for wild west movies ? They could. They should. So much fun walking around. Checking out all the shops and restaurants. I found the Cosmopolitan hotel , walked through the lobby and found the most delightful old timey courtyard. One of the rooms is haunted. Next I came across the bar at Barra Barra for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

In an historic setting, Old Town offers many restaurants and shop....both within the park and in the adjacent are

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, had been here years ago. Enjoyed the setting, the buildings, the State Park info centre was very helpful. BUT....so many tourist shops....in a state park????? But a nice walk around. Took the light rail train to get there, which was easy to do.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed walking around this area. We got there at around 10 on a Saturday morning, which is a brilliant time to get there as the car parks aren't at all full so you can get in easily. Lots of little shops with bits and pieces, and some nice eateries. We are in a place just out of the park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I have been here several times over the years. Always enjoy roaming thru the shops and the old buildings. This is part of our history as to who we are as Californians. This is where it all started. I especially like Café Coyote. Great Food! Even better margaritas! Very Good Value for your dollars. Friendly people to. You can eat... More 

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