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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego
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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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  • We heard about Old Town from a relative about a week before our trip. We decided to visit the day we drove down to San Diego from Oceanside. We arrived around 5pm and easily found a spot in the 4 hour...  more »
  • We bicycled to Old Town from Point Loma, not difficult, and it's nice to skip the rental car. Historic and authentic, a living look into a time when Mexicans settled here. It has the layout of a Baja ...  more »
  • The whole thing looks not like an old town. A few old buildings, that is true, but it looks are all much more to show. At every step, there are souvenir shops and restaurants serving Mexican food. A visit is worth it, but not too much to expect!
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  • Great place if you want to take in historic Mexican crafts and foods, see historic old buildings and see unique things. A great area with excellent food choices and lots of shops. The only caveat, don't buy at the first store. There are many, many stores and prices vary widely. All in all, a great way to spend a day in a great climate.
  • Absolutely loved the place. Explored the whole area. There are several museums which are all worth a visit. Several gift shops in the area. Lots of food options. Great place to spend a day walking around. Light rail is just across the road.
  • This is a great place to bring your visitors to give them a tast of early California history. There are many shops to wander through and shopkeepers dressed in period outfits. Don't waste your time driving the streets looking for free parking and no need to pay for parking. Just park in the transit center next door (to the west) and cross under the tracks in a very short walk.
  • Got there early and found good parking. Walked around and not too crowded. Went to a lot of shops, the only thing I don't do is eat there. Overpriced food. I go to see the history of San Diego. Great things to see and learn about.
  • A fun day out with the family. Lots of restaurants and shops. Excellent during Dia de los muertos!