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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
619-220-5422
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Ranked #33 of 187 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit to Old Town and it is still a good place to visit, although we felt it had become a bit too touristy. We were a bit disappointed with a lot of the shops. Many were full of tourist junk at high prices and the Artisan shops were very expensive. However the old buildings and museums... More

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Peoria, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Old town has a variety of artsy type shopping. Some is a bit touristy, but there is plenty to do if you like shopping places other than a mall. This is not a mall but a place to see something different! There is also different varieties of food to choose from as well.

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PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We took the Old Town Trolley tour and wound up here. They make you get off the trolley even if you are going the rest of the way in the tour. I wonder if they have some affiliation. It's touristy but apparently has a couple of good Mexican restaurants. Prices are a little high at the shops but that's expected.... More

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Old Town San Diego is kind of like Mexico, only in CA. I am not really into these kinds of shops, restaurants, etc. After taking the green line all the way there, and finding the Whaley house was closed on Wed, we decided to just leave and head down to Little Italy. Everyone there seemed to be loving it -... More

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Spent a fun family day here recently while visiting San Diego. Plenty to see and do as well as lots of fun places to take pictures. To fully appreciate Old Town get in on a tour if you are able.

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Arlington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

we stopped by old town unplanned and decided to take a little tour through this historic city. We're glad we did. It is such a fascinating old town that adds a little peace to ones vacation. Make sure you go in the evening and sit around the bonfires and enjoy a drink.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Although this can be a bit touristy, it gives a good idea of what California's beginnings were like. Tons of great places to eat nearby, fun shops, and a convenient place to catch an Old Town Trolley ride. Don't miss visiting if you're in the area!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Nice State Park. The shops are interspersed with many great antiques. We had a good time in conjunction with the the Old Town Trolley, which we recommend if you've never been to San Diego. I would say the Old Town Park is worth a couple of hours. Birthplace of California!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Old Town is an interesting place. It reflects the history of California. Look around and you go back in time. It makes you realize how much has changed in our now fast paced world. Stop at Cousin's candy shop for fudge, walk past the lady making candied nuts for a sample and visit all the indoor and outdoor shops. We... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I enjoyed visiting this site easy to get there by bus. Inexpensive! Lots to see. Very nice people who work in the different attractions. Lots of history. Beautiful! A must see!

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