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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego

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Historic Walking Area State Park
Experience the city's early history at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, home to a collection of 19th-century buildings and museums. Visit reconstructed period buildings that would have figured into daily life, such as the courthouse and stables and those for the tobacconist and blacksmiths. The city's first public schoolhouse has been remarkably preserved. Be sure to stop at Casa de Estudillo. This famous adobe structure was constructed in 1827 and was considered one of the finest houses in Mexican California. Pop into some of park's stores to browse fine crafts, jewelry, and artworks. If you're hungry, you'll find plenty of options for Mexican or old-fashioned American fare. To visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park on your trip to San Diego, use our San Diego vacation builder.
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  • very nicely kept with a small museum. Many souvenir shops and restaurants. Rather a small tourist trap. Otherwise for a short stay to the walk very well suited.
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  • You can see many things and buildings are recreated from the imagination or spoken legends. Nice in general. It does honor to the first settlers in the area of Hispanic origin, lacks a bit of maintenance.
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  • This is where the West Coast was founded and everything out there got going. We had a wonderful time seeing everything and the shops were nice to see and walk through. We stopped in for the Improv sho...  more »

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