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Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego
(4.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Visit the stomping grounds--quite literally--of a Mormon military unit from the Mexican-American War at Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Unique for being the only religion-based military unit in American history, this battalion included roughly 550 volunteers led by Mormon officers. The battalion is well-known for its gruelling march of almost 3,219 km (2,000 mi) from Iowa to San Diego. The site reveals the historic significance of the march and the battalion's triumphs through a series of interactive exhibits. Animation, video, and costumed actors enhance the guided tours, led dutifully by knowledgeable staff. To visit Mormon Battalion Historic Site and get the most from your holiday in San Diego, create itinerary details personal to you using our San Diego itinerary maker.
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  • If you don't know a lot about Mormon history, I would highly recommend you stop here and listen to the story of how they made it to San Diego. It is truly a fascinating story and it will refresh your ...  more »
  • Tour groups were led from room to room as the story of the Mormon Battalion unfolded. In each, the guide was able to talk with the people in photos on the wall a la Harry Potter. At the end, our photo...  more »
  • My wife and I recently visited the Mormon Battalion. We were warmly greeted and then ushered into the venue for a very interesting and interactive look into the history of the Mormon Battalion and how...  more »
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  • We bring visiting guests here EVERYTIME, it is a staple in our "entertain guests" agenda. AND its FREE! The interactive tour is great for the young and "older" and everyone in-between. Even though I have been on the tour dozens of times, it never gets old... its a fascinating story of San Diego's history, one of many but definitely one the best stories told.
  • Fun historical Mormon site! It's an interactive tour and then you can afterwards view the artifacts from the period. Great family spot.
  • Interactive displays and learning about the Mormon Battalion March. Also, picture taken by them and panning for "gold". Friendly staff.
  • Learned a lot. Interactive. Fun gold searching activity for kids afterward.
  • Not your average historical site. I'm not going to go into too much detail as to ruin it, but the tours are more involving than you might expect. Unlike a typical historical site, this place will keep children and adults alike interested. I definitely recommend visiting this location if you're already considering it. And if you are not considering it, maybe you need to.