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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
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Fee: No
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.
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We spent most of the afternoon here on Saturday, Feb. 23rd and I wish we had spent the entire day. It was great !
First, it's free, so you can stay as long as you want and bring as many family members as you like, and it won't cost you a dime !
We had lunch at Miguel's (don't miss the white cheese dip) and it was delicious. Some of the best Mexican food we ever had. Service was excellent, it's a great spot for people watching and the prices were very reasonable. My husband says that he is going to judge all other Mexican food by the quality at Miguel's.....we never felt rushed to "eat it and beat it". The pace was pleasant and the ambience was great.
We wandered from shop to shop, admiring the many lovely things that were available. Prices ranged from "Not bad" to "more than I wanted to spend" . It was nice to have such a lovely choice of interesting things to
There are bus tours available around Old Town, but we walked and it was a delight. It was a beautiful day, so we enjoyed it. I might feel differently if it had been really hot, but should someone want to take the bus, it's available.
Parking is pretty ghastly, but maybe if we had gotten there sooner, we would have gotten a free place. As it was, we found a place for $5.00, which was certainly a bargain.
This is a great place to take pictures..lots of photo ops. There were a few stores that have a 'No Photo" policy, , but they are well posted.
My husband wants to go back because he really loved it.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

A great place to buy souvenirs, eat out for supper. We absolutely loved the place to get all kinds of rootbeer and they do have a great rootbeer float too. Too bad the Whaley house was closed the day we were there.

Thank ManitobaNic
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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.

Thank Perpetual-Motion1
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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.

Thank JoelAvonCT
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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.

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