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“Awesome afternoon of sights, history and friendly people”

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Ranked #63 of 461 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 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 May 2, 2013

Escaping a business seminar for the afternoon was a little bit rebellious of me. But, Im glad that I did. The historical park and the staff were a breath of fresh air.
Being an Aussie & knowing little about the history of San Diego, it was wnderful to learn about it all. The old telegraph shop had video, photos, stage coach and a wonderful attendant who took the time to educate me.
The sweets shop was devine and the taffy, delicious. Watching the ladies put the taffy through the machine & twist the wrapping, pure fasination. They too were a delight and I had wonderful conversation.
The paintings, gems and jewellery towards to end of the park before you reached the Mexican restaurants was insightful & magical.
I walked in/out of the metal light shop, as it was too expansive & the women manning the shop were not friendly.

All in all, a worth while and insightful visit.
Loved it!

Thank KiddHouse
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This uniquely Californian town offers it all - historic sites, authentic cuisine, and unique shopping. Although while planning our day we were not really interested in this area, we were surprised at what a great spot it turned out to be. We stopped here off of the Old Town Trolley. If you are looking for unique gifts or souvenirs, a wide variety of shops are ready to tempt you: historic reproductions, books, leather goods, Indian art, jewelry, trinkets and bobbles, clothing, etc. It has a festival atmosphere with local artists and street entertainers. We had dinner and margaritas at Café Coyote and you’ll hear nothing but positives from us on their food, drink and presentation…it was another outstanding dinner in Southern California…Mexican style all the way!

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

It took us 20 minutes to find parking on a Sunday afternoon so my expectations were high that his was the place to be! Not so much. A bunch of cheesy overpriced stores and restaurants mixed in. Historic info was interesting but not worth the time.

Thank karen j
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Lots of shopping and many choices of Mexican Restaurants, fun for the whole family, but after dark it's definitely a college town.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Just a short trolley ride away, great place to spend an afternoon. We had huge margaritas from the restaurants, and visited the little shops and other historical buildings around.

Thank albertsebastian
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