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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone Number: +1 619-220-5422
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and...

Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

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Whether a tourist or local, Old Town is Always Fun

Old Town State Park and Old Town Avenue and other streets around the Park offer a variety of shops and restaurants. Their is lots of activity in the park....with shops... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Nancy J
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Old Town State Park and Old Town Avenue and other streets around the Park offer a variety of shops and restaurants. Their is lots of activity in the park....with shops, restaurants, events, music, etc.

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Rochester, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent a few hours walking around Old Town and did so Shopping for Mexican themed items and to eat again at the Old Town Mexican cafe, where the ladies have been hand making tortilla shells for years. Food was awesome, and the rest of Old Town has shops and historical buildings and items to look at. Easy to take Light... More 

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Livingston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First came here 50 years ago! We enjoyed strolling the grounds and visiting the shops for almost 3 hrs. Not crowded and we're able to park on the street! Only saw 3 docents in period clothes and none offered to give us info. The historic exhibits are fewer than the tourist shops . Many Mexican restaurants but we did not... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

San Diego's Old Town is a quaint place to visit where the city got its earliest beginnings. Here, the traveler can get a first hand look at how the first settlers (mainly Spanish) lived. There are a number of shops where souvenirs of Mexican handicrafts are available for,purchase as well as a number of restaurants serving Mexican cuisine. A tobacco... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Typical tourist place with lots of restaurants and shops. I've been to San Diego a million times and this was my first time. Not all that exciting and not a lot of old town historical stuff that I could tell. Some decent restaurants so go there to eat and then walk it off but not a must see.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a stroll and the old town San Diego state historic park this morning just before anything opened. It was sunny and a beautiful day. Glad to see that after 9h00 they had big groups of children visiting the place. There are a couple of souvenir shops around old town that are interesting. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This old town is the real location in the beginning of inhabitation in San Diego. Old buildings and architectures are preserved as they were in old days. Most buildings are souvenir shops, restaurants, cafe, museums and hotels. It's cold in December but it 's easy walking among sunlight without any difficulties. Shades of trees are also plentiful. The restrooms are... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Everything I saw was so colorful and the people and wait staff are dressed in full regalia, loved it. Loved the food and had the best Mango margarita ever!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of fun to visit, lots of neat and unique shops and eating! Take the sightseeing bus for the best experience! Great for kids!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Old town is a great place to get some culture and do some quirky shopping. There are a number of varied stores and the Mexican plaza is particularly attractive with live acts in the dining area. The main road is full of restaurants and souvenir shops . there is limited on street parking and lots off the main street.

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