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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
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All reviews mexican food fiesta de reyes whaley house candy store lots of shops few hours lots of history great place to visit walk around great history spend an afternoon couple of hours blacksmith schoolhouse souvenirs margaritas birthplace
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots to see and learn. This is a big place so ty ou will need your walking shoes. The only downer was the people smoking weed openly in the park.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MsK253
Reviewed 2 days ago

As far as historic towns go, sue this fits the bill. But, it is becoming very touristy with a lot of tacky stores, and not period stores like you would hope for. Went to the blacksmith, and would have loved to see more work being...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Both charming and educational at the same time. There are many shops, numerous restaurants, historical exhibits and plenty to do for all ages. One could spend the whole day here. It is also a stop on the Historical Hop on Hop Off trolley tour. I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

San Diego Old Town is overrated in my opinion. If you are visiting then go if you live here it gets tried quickly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WHTjr
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the park as it was one of the stops on the Hop On, Hop Off Trolley. The park is very well done with lots of displays and history. A must visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank denlin
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently had a whirlwind tour of San Diego recently and thoroughly enjoyed the old town area. Great atmosphere, good restaurants and great history to be enjoyed

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of historic buildings to tour and some have shops with merchandise for sale. Interesting to read the history of each. People were wearing period costumes and performing blacksmith skills, etc. Large adobe villa and fun outdoor eateries add to the options. No admission charge.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sonyar465
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live in San Diego now but didn’t always. So whenever friends or family come to visit, we must go to Old Town. From the fun Trolley Tour to the yummy steak at Old Town Cafe or the great prices on lots of souvenirs, Old...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SoniaB238
Reviewed 1 week ago

In addition to the history of the town and a feel for San Diego as was settled, the town has many great places to eat. The fare is mostly Mexican Food but with a unique San Diego flavor. The walking is easy and never too...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank leo j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easily accessible by public transport via the old town Transit center. No entry fees and lots of historic buildings, little museums and shops. A nice trip for an afternoon.

Date of experience: January 2019
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April 22, 2017|
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Response from Jerusalmit12 | Reviewed this property |
Hope you are still looking for advice as this is a bit late. San Diego is relatively small, so you can see a lot. Definitely see Coronado Island and Hotel del Coronado as well as the beach. Old Town is a must as is Balboa... More
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Need help - Planning 3 days in SD (7 Replies)
Hi all, first of all thanks for the wonderful site.. I am planning 3 day vacation to SAn Diego with my spouse and a baby (3 yrs) in December... I have these in mind...dont know how to cover 1. Seaworld 2. Zoo 3. Legoland 4. Hornblower / Harbour Excursion (2 hr boat trip) - any coupons? Optional (??) 1. Balboa Park, 2. Old Town State Historic Park, 3. Mission Bay park ??, I dont know much each one of the above attraction takes..any help would be great...
October 28, 2007|
Response fromFreqTravelers|
If you only have 3 full days, I'd recommend maybe 2 of the parks and a day to sightsee or go on the Harbour Excursion. Going to a park can take up the whole day, at least if you've never been there, and you want to see most of the park. I'd recommend Legoland for your little one and then chose between the Zoo and Seaworld for your other park day. If you go to the Zoo, you could still see some of Balboa Park as they are next to each other. The Zoo if located in Balboa Park. If you go to...More
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2 days in San Diego; need some advice! (16 Replies)
Hey all, me, my girlfriend, and my 2 friends will be staying in San Diego for 2 days during Nov. 2018. We would like to go "USS Midway Museum", "Old Town State Historic Park", "Seaport Village". Is it good to visit? Also, what should we do at nigh time, if we're not big interest on night club/bar. Meanwhile, any good restaurant/foods we must to go for? Thank you in advance for all your suggestions! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!
July 20, 2018|
Response frommini|
Midway and Seaport Village are close to each other. You can walk through and see the shops, cafes. We had a good dinner recently (June) at Seasons 52. Old Town would be a good place to go the second day. We like El Agave for upscale Mexican There are other good family friendly places for dinner.
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Hi, I'm looking at a VRBO rental on Presidio Drive in Mission Hill. Is that a good neighborhood, relatively near restaurants and accessible to the beach (I know we will have to drive to the beach)?From the map it looks like it's near Old Town San Diego State Historic park. Thanks!
September 28, 2018|
Response fromRiff M|
IF you put the location of the rental into Google and click on the map you can use the "search nearby" function to see restaurants. I believe it is a road that goes up a hill and I don't think there are restaurants right there in walking distance. I am originally from NYC but cannot think of a NYC neighborhood that would compare to it since most of the boroughs are not hilly. It would be like a residential area of Staten Island or Brooklyn if there was a hill in the middle of it.