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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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A small piece of history in Old Town San Diego!

It's a very nice place to visit, but you can see everything in about an hour, because it's pretty small. You can walk up and down the block, visit a few shops, and still have the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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San Francisco, California

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This place has it's moments like you are stepping back in time a hundred years or more. The tobacco shop has real tobacco for sale with ID, and it's full of real antiques. 100 year old Alladdin Lamps, old tobbaciana and other very neat items. The candy shop next door has friendly employees with smiles and candy samples. Across the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It's a very nice place to visit, but you can see everything in about an hour, because it's pretty small. You can walk up and down the block, visit a few shops, and still have the rest of the day to see what else San Diego has to offer. Eating there is a hit or miss so be careful. Overall... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is probably my favorite place in the city. Filled with old time charm, beautiful flowers, tile work, colors and music. The many stores offer items from homemade soaps to old world spices. The friendliness of the staff is so welcoming and one feels back in time. I found black licorice, bringing me back to my childhood in Germany. Ching,... More 

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Jamaica, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to wander around, especially with children. Historic buildings, shops and restaurants. Plenty of space.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I remember way back when the park was fenced off. There was nothing there. Then it was transformed around Bazaar Del Mundo and became the place everyone wanted to be. It was colorful and fun. Shops were local and sold local goods. In 2004, everything changed and went corporate. The shops are old and tired and nobody in them cares.... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

the park and shops are still enjoyable, but the experience was better under the previous management. Casa de Bandini was a great restaurant. the cosmopolitan is so so.

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Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My wife, daughter and I spent a happy afternoon wandering around the Old Town. The interesting part of recent history for me was the fact that it was only designated as an official historic 'Old Town' in 1968. Influences of Spanish colonial and Mexican are clearly seen, and efforts to provide a realistic view of what the town would have... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

They say that this is the birthplace of California. It's worth a visit. So different than any European old town i've been to, but special. All Mexican atmosphere. Lots of very interesting shops; souvenirs / sweets / Hot sauces / Drinks / Very nice also to visit the different sample stores for old era. Wells Fargo museum is interesting as... More 

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Weston, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Very fun! Cute little free museums, restaurants and shops around the plaza. There are a lot of very touristy shops but the settings is very pretty with nice buildings and beautiful small gardens, courtyards. If you are driving, park for free at the parking off Taylor St.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

A friend who lives in San Diego took me here. She said it is a fun place and she was right! We shopped in the little shops and ate dinner here. The atmosphere is fun and the shops are fun to check out.

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Additional Information about Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone Number: 619-220-5422
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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