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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 #40 of 231 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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Vegas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Old Town San Diego is probably one of my favorite places. You have your Spanish style architecture, delicious restaurants, fun and cultural shopping, and so much history. The backdrop is the tropical looking mountains of San Diego. There is enough to keep couples, families, singles, etc. busy all day in Old Town.

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Santa Teresa, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Music, food, history, and fun facts for everyone. Old cemetery with names still in place. Stores with great items to take back home. People are friendly. Enjoy a drink and some Mexican food at one of the many restaurants/ bars

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Drexel Hill, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The visit to Old Town San Diego was enjoyable. They did a nice recreation of how the old town probably looked. They did have a good deal of historical information about the town.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Very commercial with plenty of opportunities to purchase souvenirs. There are many interesting exhibits to visit with the park staff being dressed in period costumes.

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Marion, IL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful experience. If you are in San Diego, you really should visit Old Town. We shopped, ate, and enjoyed music. Went to a wonderful little cigars shop, bought unique gifts, awesome cooking oils. This was the highlight of our trip and can not wait to return and spend more time at Old Town.

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Central Coast NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited on the lobor day weekend and had a fantastic time! Yes it's touristy but that's what we are, tourists! So we lived it, old style buildings and historical info, the cigar shops and pottery were so great to look through, lot the markets and restaurants a plenty! Highly recommend if your in San Diego to... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is the original site of the settlement of San Diego. Interestingly enough, it was too far from near Point Loma, where the original seaport was. The Old Town area remained quite small with a small population. Imagine having to haul all the cargo unloaded near Point Loma from sailing ships to the Old Town site. Interstate 8 nor highways... More

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Weston, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

On the Hop On Hop Off Tour, Old town San Diego is very easy to get to. It is the "Old Spanish Neighborhood" of San Diego. Old historical buildings, cafes, restaurants and boutiques are plentiful. It is, of course, very touristy but it is also a lot of fun. You can learn about old California and the settlers and of... More

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Morton, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We spent an afternoon in Old Town. It was pleasant enough. We had lunch, strolled around and apart from that quite frankly, it's just a huge plaza with shops. The shops have some really great stuff in them though, so it would be worth a trip if you were looking for some interesting souvenirs.

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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Low key spot, nice for families. It gets pretty dark without too many lights at night, you might want to visit before sundown. It was really hard to find a place to eat, everywhere was packed. Make reservations at the start of your visit.

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