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Mormon Battalion Historic Site, San Diego

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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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  • We love museums, so the charm and authenticity of the dumpy little free museums throughout Old Town San Diego certainly wasn't lost on us. BUT the Mormon Battalion museum presentation was unreal! It w...  more »
  • I've been here before but never did the tour. Kinds of cheesy but I think that's what they are going for. Intriguing information in how the area was settled and how mormons played a role as well as th...  more »
  • Beautiful! A fun way to learn about Mormon culture in the 1800's and the trail they blazed to California. I've visited twice, and I always get teary-eyed. Love the outfits and the interaction with the...  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.