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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
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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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There's really not much to do in Old Town. Lots of shoppes and restaurants. My husband and I walked around and got small dishes from different restaurants and lots of drinks. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Kissimmee, Florida
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I don't know what I expected. Old Town was easy to get to, we bought a transit ticket for the day. Lots of Mexican food and shops with tourist shopping. It wasn't my favorite stop. Little Italys farmers market was a lot more fun.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fun place to explore and take the time to enjoy one of the great restaurants as well. Lots of the old buildings are museums with free admission like the Wells Fargo history museum or the old jail. Lots of merchants selling a really wide selection from art to south of the border trinkets and unique metalwork or pottery.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love history than make sure you stop at Old Town. Old town offers free tours twice a day. The town is so full of history and a great place to listen to relax after and listen to some music.

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1 Thank ConnIngrid
Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good restaurants and shopping and interesting history. Convenient parking and so many quaint shops. Crafts,etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My ancestors are the Bandini and Couts Families who were a great part of the originating history of San Diego, Old Town. I loved seeing the old pictures and reading about our family history ....7it was very interesting and I feel proud to be able to say they are my ancestors.

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Stratham, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with friends on a sunny morning. There is an authentic hacienda with beautiful courtyard and view of several rooms. The signage is helpful and there are a few docents around if you have questions. There is also a barn building with an impressive collection of stage coaches and horse equipment. There are also several interesting small shops including one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The architecture and overall atmosphere of Old Town is very different from that of downtown San Diego- and that's awesome! Authentic Mexican food and many shops that have Mexican souvenirs, including beautiful pieces with sugar skulls and other Day of the Dead themes. Fun and different, probably more of a daytime attraction. Get some chillied candy!!

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Kissimmee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's really not much to do in Old Town. Lots of shoppes and restaurants. My husband and I walked around and got small dishes from different restaurants and lots of drinks. I personally loved the friendly environment. It's definitely something anyone would enjoy. We had a great time, had good food and delicious tequila shots :) Definitely coming back!!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The entire area had a lot of really good shops and restaurants. Don't go later in the afternoon during the week as most of the shops close by about 5. There are a lot of nice places to get jewelry and great souvenirs. We didn't check out any of the restaurants but they were pretty busy and a lot of... More 

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Shelby, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on the old town trolley tour. Lots of things to see and do here. If you like to learn about history this is the place. They have a neat blacksmith shop and show how it was done years ago. Leave your self plenty of time in old town lots of things to see, plenty of shops and... More 

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