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“A little bit of something for everyone”

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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“A little bit of something for everyone”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Partly restoration work, partly rebuilds, this 'original San Diego' settlement gives a quaint view of a unique time in American history in this part of the country. The site is a mix of stores, restaurants and historical buildings you can visit. We celebrated New Year's Eve here, and had a fun, albeit quieter than normal, time. City transport links are good directly to the site.

Visited January 2013
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Avon, Connecticut
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“where shopping meets history and food”
Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

the restored old village of San Diego is clean and a courtyard surrounds various shopping adventures, restaurants and historical sites. An opportunity to amuse the shoppers and history buffs.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin, United States
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“More shopping and eating than history”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

We came here expecting a state history park. We found a collection of stores and restaurants with some historic elements thrown in. Not entirely uninteresting--we did enjoy walking through the neighborhood. But the best parts for us were the barn with its interesting collection of old wagons and historic displays, and the Estudillo house and displays. There were several other historic buildings (the school, for example) that were not open--perhaps open only on weekends. A nice place to come, just know what you are going to get before you arrive. More shopping and eating than history.

Visited February 2013
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“great place!”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

great place to visit on the weekends, they have dancers and live music in the courtyard. Lots of great shops and beautiful Mexican decor and jewelry. We love love the garden in the back of the courtyard, it's hidden, but a beautiful serene place to visit. Lots to do and see, street faire on Sat, lots of restaurants, nice place to spend the day

Visited February 2013
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River Falls, Wisconsin
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“A Pleasant Surprise My Family Will Never Forget”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Honestly we decided to go to Old Town simply because our hotel was one block from a light rail station and the light rail stops a few yards from the entrance to Old Town. Our expectations, based on reviews, were so low that we thought we would leave after a few hours and then head to some museums in Balboa Park.

Six hours later we had scrapped our plans to visit other places that day (we did go to Seaport Village for dinner that night) and every member of my family (my wife, my ten year old history crazy daughter, and my six year old boys boy) all had a fantastic time.

First off, all the attractions we visited were free. This left plenty of money for shopping.

I highly recommend visiting Fiesta de Reyes to start your visit. The stores (particularly the copper store) are fantastic. It is also a great chance to taste exotic olive oils and Mexican hot chocolate.

Old Town gives you the chance to learn about the history of one of America's great cities, shop for beautiful Mexican and Native American goods, eat some quality Mexican food in beautiful settings, and soak in the sun in beautiful green spaces.

Visited February 2013
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