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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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Nice history lesson about establishing San Diego

This is a nice visit without feeling the trappings of a tourist spot. Self guided history lesson on early San Diego. A good place for families. Also, stop by the Mormon... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Murray, Utah
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Murray, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is a nice visit without feeling the trappings of a tourist spot. Self guided history lesson on early San Diego. A good place for families. Also, stop by the Mormon Battalion exhibit up the street with the kids.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Spent the afternoon with my wife and teen daughter. A very enjoyable day. Loved the history and stories. A very enjoyable stroll. Great food and shipping to be had.

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Chino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Great place to walk around and rewind yourself in time to back in the first days of San Diego. The stores are plentiful, plenty of people dressed in costume, excellent Mexican food. Tip: Park in the state park parking lots (there's 3 scattered about) that are free. Usually you can find a spot without too much trouble and avoid the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

It's become very touristic but it's still cute. They do sell Spanish and Mexican things that will be nice for souvenirs.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect visiting Old Town San Diego. Nice place to learn about the history of the city. Quite surprised at the number of restaurants and boutique shops. If you like Root Beer you will be amazed at the selection from across the country that is available. Especially good if you like a Root Beer float.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were staying near the Old Town San Diego State Historic so we visited it several times. The buildings were well preserved, some of which housed museums while others were used as stores. Good presentation panels and interesting vegetation (like different types of cacti) could be found throughout the grounds. Best of all, most of the venues were free to... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Mid week visit. Easy to park. A variety of historic buildings, a few museums, many tourist shops and restaurants. School kids were visiting on outings. Picnics and some music.

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Seriously great place to visit. Old buildings, musems,great food and shopping. Take your time and look in each building. Bring the family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours here, which proved to be enough time. It was difficult to find parking on a Saturday afternoon as the place was very busy. Lots of bars and restaurants and shops selling touristy things.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great place to shop, eat, walk around and check out some historical sites. Love the authentic Mexican restaurants, and Cousins Candy Shop!

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