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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 #35 of 235 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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Sandy, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went to old town, San Diego State (watch daughter play volleyball) Mormon battalion establishment etc. Nice areas and fun to visit!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

To learn more about the cultural beginnings of San Diego this is a well deserved visit. There are so many restaurants close by to choose from and the market bazaar is great.

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited here in a group after a long day of work. It was nice to be able to walk around. We stuck close to the square and found plenty to look at. Lots of shoppes with souvenirs and Mexican chotzkes. Good ice cream shop and fun old school candy shop. Many of the historical elements were closed but that... More

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Chickasha, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I stopped in Old Town for a couple of hours on my way to Fashion Valley. It is definitely worth the time to go - if you're in downtown. The train stop is right in front of the gate and you could spend half a day or more there is you like museum's and gift'y shops. It's just a very... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I love this recreated western era town. From the sheriff's jail, plus courthouse, to genuine old church the whole town is lovely. The Mexican restaurant with accompanying band is super. The craft and souvenir shops are wonderful.

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was a fun place to spend an hour or so, especially if you're going to eat in the neighbourhood anyway. It wasn't super exciting but more like a museum. Lots of interesting California/Mexico history and some really interesting shops.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

If you're in San Diego, you have to visit, but if you do, prepare to be underwhelmed if you're really looking for something resembling a historic park. Don't get me wrong, you can find some really nice things in the little shops. There are great local artists and artisans selling things here and lots of neat things from Mexico. It's... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Old Town is a short drive from central San Diego and worth the time if you are into history and culture. Sure there are of stores selling Mexicana souvenirs...but there is also live music and great authentic shops. Tip. Best to give yourself a couple of hours to browse and explore and sample food from several restaurant. You might find... More

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new jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

It's truly a different place to visit in San Diego but make sure you go with cool temperatures as it can be very hot. We took the trolley tour but if you have a car is not far from downtown San Diego. I enjoyed my 4 hours there.

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Belleville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This area is about 6 or so blocks long that is only for walking. No cars allowed. Historical buildings that have been restored with several speciality items, such as old style taffy, tobacco and tea shop, trading posts and great, open air, Mexican restaurants. The main restaurant had a stage with music and dancing customary for the times in the... More

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