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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA
619-220-5422
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Ranked #37 of 237 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, State Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Free parking. No admission. Pet friendly. A great place to take the family. Old historical buildings to explore. A park in the town square to let the kids burn off energy. Shops and restaurants.

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

It was great just walking around looking at this place. We had been thru here in the past on a trolley tour & wanted to just walk around a look. Very interesting place

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Mariposa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This was just okay. We were a bit confused about whether we were actually IN the park or not. Got off the light rail and had to hunt around for the entrance. Which just looked like a big parking lot with a blacksmith doing something? But we wandered around and finally found some stuff to look at. The Old Town... More

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Pennsylvania
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Thus is the center of Old San Diego. It is easy to reach by public transportation, and there is free parking. There are some Tourist Traps outside of the park, but get past them and enjoy the many free historic buildings.

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Every day at 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM, tour originates from the Robinson Rose House visitor center. Beverly is a knowledgeable guide that was very engaging and informative, showing the first public schoolhouse in California and the home of the first newspaper, the San Diego Union. Especially liked the 150+ year old water purifier...great technology at the time.

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

When in San Diego try to allow time to visit Old Town. If you are a history buff you will enjoy walking, looking at and reading the history. If you like gifts shops they are plentiful. . . . dozens and dozens. Several of our favorite Mexican restaurants are in Old Town also. In fact there are 4 that we... More

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Still a must do when in San Diego. Enjoy the history, the ambiance, and the food. Spend the day, you will not be disappointed.

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were expecting this to be one of the highlights of our short stay in San Diego and were sorely disappointed. The buildings around what was the original San Diego town centre were virtually all completely rebuilt from the ground up rather than simply restored, so this was not truly "historic" in any way shape or form. Few were even... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We like history and the look back to yesteryear, searching for a quaint and serene period of time. Old Town gives a wonderful feel of yesteryear and it was cool to walk through the historic state park with some beautiful trees and plants. We also like walking around the Casa de Reyes restaurant as the shops around it were neat... More

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Oedheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you want to live in your western town , "old Town " is the right place to visit .Leather clothes lovers will be happy at this place.Mexican food is possible to eat there.

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