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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone Number: 619-220-5422
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Ranked #36 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.
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San Diego, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

One may think there is not much old history in San Diego but Old Town proves that wrong. A half day can be spent looking at and reading about the old buildings and enjoying a great inexpensive lunch. Wheelchair and stroller easy...interesting for young and old, but not flashy exciting if that is what you are looking for.

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San Diego, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Visiting Old Town for the afternoon is a must if you’re visiting San Diego. One of San Diego’s best attractions is the Mexican food and culture. Old Town is full of restaurants, historical sites, unique shops and lots of outdoor areas for families. There is something for everyone in Old Town. Parking can be difficult during the weekends but we... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a must do from my perspective in San Diego. The shopping is unique and there are great food options. My husband, friend, and I stopped and spent a few hours and really enjoyed it.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Old Town is where San Diego began. Those who know California history would love the visit, Buildings from the Mexican era still exist, and one feels immersed in the spirit of the life of that time. The restored presidio lies just above Old Town, a short hike away. There are fabulous shops with arts and crafts of Mexico, and it... More 

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Seattle
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We drove from our hotel in Anaheim to see this along one or two other San Diego sites. First of all, this is probably one of the worst parts of San Diego. The park is adjacent to the transit center and the entire area is overrun by homeless people. If you park under the bridge by the transit center you... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Old Town is just a fun place to visit with a lot of history. The docents give a great tour, and the mini-museums just ask for a donation (almost free). The restaurants around the edge of the park are much better than the ones in the central plaza, but I guess that is a tourist thing. The parking may be... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A historic village with shops of the era, a nice tourist place to visit with good food close and a nice view of the harbour and ocean.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of colourful vendors and interesting historic structures. A nice venue to walk about however it is a self-guided tour and there did not seem to be anyone to ask questions of.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Old Town is a great place to visit for an afternoon / evening. Feels like you are in a different country with great shops and food... that transport you to what San Diego felt like when it was part of Mexico. Great for kids and the kids at heart. Grab a trolley tour for a quick historical tour... or just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

If you visit San Diego take the time to go to Old Town, you will not be disappointed. It has both a new area and historical buildings. It is easy to wander through the area and lose track of time. There are also some great shows (free) to watch and plenty of places to eat and drink

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