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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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As featured in San Diego for free
Ranked #36 of 221 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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Field, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One nice thing about Old Town is that it's located adjacent to a public transportation hub on the near north side of San Diego. Pretty easy to reach and pretty easy to get to other locations from their on the bus. Other than that, it's not much more than several eating establishments, many, what my wife and I call "junk... More

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Madrid, Spain
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting place to visit and buy some San Diego and/or Mexican souvenirs. Fun theme-shops to visit and check out, some different products to buy. For food and drinks, check out the nearby El Agave restaurant.

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West Hollywood, California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I decided to give it a try despite the mixed reviews. When we arrived a Mariachi band was playing and children were running around, dancing, utter joy on their face - it was hard not to smile. We moved from shop to shop, mostly jewelry (Native-American, Mexican, Seaside, etc), a few beach shops, candy shops (creamy fudge... More

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Slidell, LA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Eating at Casa de Reyes is worth the trip here, on its own. Great Mexican food and staff. As far as the park itself goes, the Wells Fargo Museum exhibits an authentic 1867 Concord stagecoach built by Abbot & Downing. Also within the park, there is a livery stable building with a nice collection of freight wagons, stagecoaches, and buggies.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Had fun shopping in the market- some of the building need a little work- saw two restaurants we should have gone to on the way out. the church was a quaint old Hispanic church. not as kept up as I would have like!

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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Atlanta
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

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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