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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Lots of interesting stores with the staff in historic costumes. An interesting mix of shopping, museums and restaurants. Great place to pick up some souvenirs. Make sure you visit the Temeculah Olive ...  read more »
  • Well we visited this place and I liked it is very traditional and has many nice shops there is a restaurant called fiesta de reyes, Mexican food is rich and the atmosphere very nice there are Mariachi dances music 100% recommend it
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Old Town. Although I had read reviews about others only spending a couple of hours here I spent almost a day here. Have lunch at the delicious Mexican restaurants, vi...  read more »
  • Our desk clerk told us to go visit this place on our way out of town. Glad she did. What an amazing display of old wet American/Mexican history and culture. Plus great shopping. The candy store was the best. Not good for my credit card, but we filled up with plenty of candy from our youth and other souvenirs from the other stores.
  • I love coming here! There are so many great restaurants, get the "nowait" app and virtually stand in line so you can explore all of the cool missions, get roasted nuts, listen to Mexican mariachi, watch folkloria, or get candy or gifts at one of the many early American style shops or come at night for ghost tours! Great for kids, college kids, adults, elderly, etc. If you are handicapped (wheelchair bound) reserve a table at café coyote and they have an outside eating area that works equally well if you have a sleeping toddler/baby that you can't get out of the stroller. If not it's going to be tough to find a place that isn't crowded. Cafe coyote has stroller parking outside of the restaurant. Second option is casa de Reyes which could also work but it may be hard to find something that isn't a tight space
  • Its a quaint historic town, perfect for people out of the area or anyone who is interested in learning about the area and getting to witness how life was many years in the past. There's plenty of cool restaurants with good food to grub on, as well as cute little shops with lots of interesting goodies that will entice everyone! Great place to check out with family or for a cute romantic date! Bring good walking shoes because you will be doing a good-share of walking around. Definitely a location to visit in you're near the area!!!
  • It's a very touristy spot. This park has various historic buildings showcasing the early days of San Diego back in the 1800s. There's the Seely Stable Museum that's free to enter and shows the decorations, household items, clothing, and other lifestyle tools that were in use back in the days. Homes that resembled the olden days are there too to show you the typical rooms, spaces, and arrangements of a richer family. The Colorado House and Wells Fargo building were small but nice to check out. There are various shops and restaurants catering to (overpriced) Mexican food there especially at a garden area called the Fiesta de Reyes. Plan to be there for about 1-2hrs. I left the place wanting a little more as a certain level of engagement was missing.
  • Old Town is one of San Diego's largest tourist attractions, the historical buildings, the restoration that it underwent years ago has made a large leap in its portrayal. However, despite the millions spent here, the people in "historic" dress it pails in comparison to things like the Getty Villa in Malibu. The food here is OK but severally overpriced. For a similar meal one could hope to eat at a true 4-5 Star restaurant. The park itself is large and encompasses several museums, shops, restaurants, and a book store. Parking is terrible everywhere, no point in being kind about it. Overall, the place is overall crowded, over priced, and not truly all that entertaining when it comes to historicism.
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