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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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As featured in San Diego for free
Ranked #37 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Nice displays of historic buildings, parking available, cute unique gift shops. I loved the candy store and had a wonderful margarita. This was a pleasant morning activity. We left just as several tour buses descended on the place so go before lunch time- it was not crowded at all.

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As is too often the case in many of the nation's beautiful cities, commercial interests have been allowed to take over historic areas and covert them into mostly retail enterprises to generate revenue for the City. There are a few historic places to visit sandwiched in between the gaggle of restaurants and shops and crowded parking. The Guadalajara Grill and... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Old Town San Diego is like stepping back in time to the days Mexico ruled the area. Everything from shops to restaurants were Mexican. A lot of great shops and restaurants.

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Vancouver, B.C.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Circle and my wife wanted to go to church on Sunday. We found a church nearby, Immaculate Conception Church, which we decided to attend. We drove there but was surprised by the number of tourists in the area! Parking was a challenge and I had to drop my family off at the church. Immaculate Conception Church... More

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Sacramento, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The grounds were quite nice. I felt as though I had been transferred to Mexico (a little higher quality and certainly price of Tijuana). There were so many shops and other items to see. Don't miss the donkies (and please be sure to give them a little donation). If there is anything of Mexican styla that someone may want (including... More

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We were very disappointed with Old Town San Diego. If you want to shop for tourist-type stuff this is your place. If you want a lot of history, go to the library and get a book. We'd both agree that the Victorian houses up on the hill were the highlight and by highlight that would be maybe three stars out... More

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San Francisco, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I had been here about 15 years before. The shopping has become kinda cheap. Used to get quality clothes etc...If you want to go for a party atmosphere this is the place to go. Very crowded.

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A very good place to spend a day just strolling around and browsing the shops and market place, not tacky or touristy at all. an anjoyable stopover day.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I felt like this was mainly a tourist trap. The old town area was small and interesting, but just a small home surrounded by a plaza. Everything else was just cheap trinkets from Mexico. I would recommend a pass on it.

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Old Town San Diego was a good place for a stroll on our first night in the area. The central part was pretty empty at around 5pm because most of the people mill around the many (expensive) indigenous Latin American shops and restaurants. It was cool to meander in and out of the shops that sell anywhere from clothes to... More

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