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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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Worth A Visit..Yes It Is Touristy

Being a history buff, I was willing to endure the tourist trap feeling...but you know what..I had a good time!! There is a lot of culture to soak up here. There are shops (most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited Old Town during my trip and was first impressed by the free parking. I then walked through the park marveling at the condition of the buildings, which had been restored probably years ago and then went to the other end of the park where I booked a trip to LaJolla. I'll be returning to Old Town on my... More 

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philadelphia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Being a history buff, I was willing to endure the tourist trap feeling...but you know what..I had a good time!! There is a lot of culture to soak up here. There are shops (most are overpriced), historic buildings and a nice lady whoakes tortillas- different flavors. Tip: Check out the Old Town Tequila Factory..near the Hacienda Hotel.

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love Old Town San Diego! The little shops are great, and so are the bars and restaurants. I also totally recommend a guided tour at the Whaley house!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small taste of what I believe old California looked like during the time of the early settlers. The buildings, courtyards, and general feel of Old Town gave me a sense of going back into a time not so rushed. There is a feeling of a relaxed pace. It has the requisite stores selling touristy trinkets yet they... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love to go Old Town when I'm in San Diego. They have all kinds of little shops and great restaurants. Outside dining is great! Food is very good, too. I've eaten at a few Mexican restaurants there and all were excellent. Service was great, too. Makes you feel like your back in time. Beautifully colored buildings and streets, flowers... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed browsing the shops and museums here. I learned a lot about how San Diego began. I enjoyed especially the Wells Fargo Museum. It made me laugh after complaining about airline travel.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting place to visit. Educational and historical landmark to spend some time. Nice place to walk around (little stores, restaurants, historic buildings...)

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Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Walk, eat, shop, or take in the Mexican Heritage at quaint Old Town. Just make sure you have a strong will, or strong arms to carry it all back!

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed walking in the museum at Old Town. There is a barn full of old stagecoaches and placards explaining the history of these items. This is the first museum I have ever toured for free. Other buildings showed aspects of life back in the 1800's. There is also a restaurant here and stores throughout. It's nice to amble along... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Mostly just shops and a few reconstruction of old buildings. Fairly clean. Tons of restaurants so go to eat but don't expect too much else. Fair amount of parking but not free.

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