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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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It's like you step off the city street into an old small town.

What a neat place. I've been to San Diego three times and this was the first time I stopped by the old town. I'm glad I did because it so interesting. Lots of great restaurants... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Shoreline, Washington

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Shoreline, Washington
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

What a neat place. I've been to San Diego three times and this was the first time I stopped by the old town. I'm glad I did because it so interesting. Lots of great restaurants, shopping, and even a haunted house. When you walk to the end of the street and onto dirt, it's as if you stepped right into... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed walking the shops and eating at the establishments...Don't miss The Alamo on the next block for food and spirits!!

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Bakersfield, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Old Town used to be quaint and shared a bit of early California history. Now it looks like TJ but with much higher prices for all the junk being sold. Show of hands: how many of you need a serape with the logo of your favorite NFL team? There is no parking. The shops are tired and have nothing but... More 

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Black Forest, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It was really fun. Different shops and restaurants to visit. If it does rain you have places to duck into. We really had a good time.

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Visited old town last week and ended up staying there all day. Me and my wife enjoyed walking round the old buildings and shops chatting to the period dressed shop workers who also tell you about the places. Some nice food places too but we didn't get chance to eat as we had a long drive ahead. Best tip for... More 

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Vallejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the history, the restaurants and the shops. It was right near public transportation, so we could take the bus. We also enjoyed the guided tours.

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Ninilchik, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We had spent the day doing a city tour and our tour guide had taken us through Old Town, so on the way back to our hotel we decided to stop here for dinner and walk through the historic part. We enjoyed it - I don't know if you want to spend a day here, but we enjoyed the food,... More 

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Saskatoon,SK Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 728 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have no idea how this attraction does not rate higher on Trip Advisor than it does. Its a perfect destination for all ages. Almost every museum is free or runs on donation. There is ample free parking in three large city lots. You can tell immediately that San Diego celebrates its "Old Town" heritage and is not using it... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I'm a southern Californian and I love this place. There is history, plenty of photo opportunities, live entertainment, and great food. What else can a tourist ask for? The shops here are very particular. The items must apply to the theme of the Old Town period and I love that. You can find souvenir items that aren't run-of-the mill and... More 

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Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We bought several souvenirs while we visited Old Town. There are great places to see, but the shopping made us all very happy. There are also town tours & ghost tours if you're into those things. There are several Mexican restaurants & even a candy store. Take your time & wear your walking shoes, so you can take your time... More 

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