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“Good city park”
Review of Presidio Park

Presidio Park
Ranked #159 of 438 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: Manicured and pristine urban park is reminiscent of San Diego's intriguing heritage, with the Junipero Serra Museum being its most popular attraction.
San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good city park”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is the park that resides on the bluff overlooking Old Town. It's easy to miss the entrance, since it's a innocuous T-intersection just north of Old Town. However, if you want to learn about early San Diego, it should not be missed. This is the site of the original Spanish military camps and fort, and the remains of the fort are still visible as mounts inside the park. Years ago, archeologists dug this area up, then returned it to it's natural setting. Park below the Serra Museum and walk around the park, there are many good signs documenting what it there. Don't miss walking up the hill, there are several old monuments to military units important to San Diego, including the original Mormon Battallion that passed through San Diego in the late 19th century. Sadly, the park suffers a bit from the City's financial problems, so it's not kept up as well as it should be, but it's still one of the best hidden gems of San Diego. Rosecrans Ave., the street that you turn off from to get here, is also landmarked as California's oldest commerical street.

Visited November 2012
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San Diego, California
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103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“under utilized, and close to most everything in San Diego”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

it's more appealing to adults, this is not a young child's park, but there is room to run, to picnic, to park your car for free, and stroll

1 Thank Jdicarlowagner
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

It is really pretty surroundings. We went up there to take photos when I was in a friends wedding. Another friend also went up there and had pictures taken of him & his daughter.

Thank Reneetravels2
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
845 reviews
412 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
“decent views from high places and some history”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

This review is for the park itself. TripAdvisor has another listing for the Serra Museum in the park, and I have reviewed that separately.

This historic park is on the site at which Father Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first mission in Alta California (now U.S. California, as opposed to Baja California). The park is reached from the corner of Juan and Mason near Old Town San Diego by a historic trail that is somewhat challenging, but a nice trip for those who are up to a bit of hiking. It's only a few blocks, but it is not flat. Also, be sure not to miss the confusing, unmarked left turn after crossing Jackson Drive.

You can also drive (if you are not afraid to lose your parking spot at Old Town), but you will miss some of the history given by signs on the trail. Continuing uphill from the Serra Museum takes you to the site of the monument commemorating a battalion of Mormons who fought for the U.S. in the Mexican-American War. There is also a monument in the same place commemorating U.S. forts established at this high point overlooking San Diego, and a remnant of a cannon mount. Elsewhere on the grounds you will find some mounds that contain remnants of some buildings that date back to Father Serra's days. It is worth visiting for the history and a look at the Spanish Revival building (dating to the late 1920s) housing the Serra Museum, though you will not likely spend more than an hour here.

Note that the park is free, but there is an admission fee if you want to see the exhibits in the museum. Check out the TripAdvisor reviews of the museum before making that decision.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank AnnArborMiBob
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