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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Vallejo, California

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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 6 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 722 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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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 1 helpful vote
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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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great way to see a little history, buy a few souvenirs, and eat some great food. There is a lot to see here. Be prepared to do some walking but it is worth it. There is a trolley stop here if you don't want to drive and park.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit whilst in San Diego,gives a great feel/look as to what it was like many years ago. Easy access from old town trolley stop

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Oakland, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

An enjoyable, interesting, and fun way to learn about our State's history. There are daily tours, approximately 11:30 a.m.(check when there) that meet at the flagpole. Don't miss Rust General Store or Casa de Estudillo. Lots of fun shopping, and great eats in a lively atmosphere. This is not "dull" history, but a great way to learn for all ages.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This area has it all! Parking (limited) and admission are free. The old town is a unique blend of historic buildings which are partly museums and partly unique little shops with quality items. Staff are dressed in clothing of the period and are a wealth of information. We also enjoyed entertainment and eating in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I guess this place is boring for locals, but what a hit for foreigners! Wild wild west style town with Mexican flavor. Very good restaurants and a few bars around. I would recommend Los Locos bar, they have good daily offers with draugh mexican beers.

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