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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA
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Ranked #36 of 220 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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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

After lunch we spent several hours wandering around the historic area of Old Town San Diego. There were several interesting shops and historical buildings, such as the school, jail, and livery stable. All of the historical buildings offer free admission, which is nice if you are on a tight budget. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to several of the employees inside... More

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64 reviews 64 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Good place to go to do some shopping for some unique gifts and of course to get some Mexican food. If you are downtown, easy trolley ride to station across the street. The whole area is a bit touristy, but there are enough cool places to go to make it worth the visit.

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San Diego
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Plan to spend a few hrs here as so much to see. Put on your walking shoes. Parking can be an issue as it's so popular. there is lots of free parking available with large lots. Old Town has so much rich history. The old buildings, the oldest cemetery in San Diego and one of the most Haunted Houses in... More

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Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Old Town has a large central lawn surrounded by restored early California buildings. Most of the buildings retain some of their authentic features and are now used as shops or restaurants. There is an adobe you can tour, and souvenir, pottery, cigar shops. Some weekends special events are held such as Mexican folklorico dance presentations. The Cosmopolitan is a restored... More

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

I wasn't planning on going here until I ended up having a long layoff between buses at the terminal. This place was a pleasant surprise, with all the arts and crafts of a byegone era combined with some wonderful modern artists. Be warned, your pocketbook will take a hit as there are many wonderful treasures you'll want to take home!

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encino, ca
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Good chill day trip. Walked around and visited some of the educational and historic points/museums. Did some shopping in the local shops and dined there. More shops present on the weekends. Plenty of Mexican restaurants to choose from and places to stop and have a drink.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We always enjoy walking around Old Town. There are some interesting historical sites and exhibits as well as some fun small shops and good restaurants too. Getting to Old Town is a breeze using the light rail MTS system - no parking or traffic hassles and the station is right across the street from Old Town. Go and enjoy!

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Bradenton, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Went to the Old Town Park to check it out. First it's right in the middl of this neighborhood so don't worry when you get off the highway. Lots of different ways in and parking all around it so if the first lot is full just go around the block. It is more of a self guided tour though they... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Coming from Melbourne Australia you can understand why we loved everything about Old Town! It was exactly what i imagined the Mexican wild west to look like and loved all the Mexican folk art stores and cigar shops ( even though we can buy Cuban cigars in Melbourne) and wonderful people to chat to! Meeting Mexican locals who could tell... More

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Nampa, Idaho
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Lots of things to look at and small shops to explore. Bought a cd from a musician in one of the little shops. Loved his music and it works well with the yoga classes that I teach. The display of the town in the visitor's center was very interesting. Didn't get a chance to go back, but would have like... More

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