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. Make Old Town San Diego State Historic Park a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego online sightseeing planner .
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  • It is neat to see and wonder around, but I would not make a special trip just to see it. There is a lot of cute lil shops to buy things from. I reccomend the candy store and there homemade taffy. Ther...  more »
  • Old Town is surprisingly huge. Initially you don't realize it waking around was really fun. Great for kids couples everything. Nice old Mexican vibe.  more »
  • It is not like any historical centre. It is a great story to tell in every corner. You can do it alone or on a Tour. For the children there is always something
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  • A whole old world in the new world.. Lots of authentic shops with detailed history lessons to learn. Great places to eat, something for every palate, very friendly and helpful helpful people along the way. The gift shops are filled with souvenirs and lots of sale/clearanced items for all budgets. Nice place to just take your time and walk around. Everything close enough to not get to tired while enjoying your stay
  • I can never say enough about this place. I love love it. Love the shops . Love the restaurants. Do yourself a favor and go. If you love Mexican food and or margaritas they have them here. Very good
  • Very beautiful especially if you want to experience the history of San Diego. Several buildings that serve as museums and all of them free of charge. Additionally it has a wide range of shops and restaurants to cover every possible need. All people there were very friendly and helpful. Recommended.
  • Great place to buy gifts, just make sure you walk all the way around before grabbing stuff because 1. Most vendors sell the same things, exact same things, but at different prices. So it's worth your time to look around and then buy and 2. Although it looks like the same store every corner is a different venue so make sure of what you want to buy. You can't grab something and walk around the rest of the store. This only applies to the larger center "market". Great place to get gifts for people
  • We spent so much time in the water on San Diego beaches, that we had almost forgotten that land can be beautiful too! Old Town took care of it. Gorgeous houses with grassy backyards, lots of greenery, parks, historic sites, beautiful roads to just roam around and enjoy the uptown feel. Mind you, it's a residential area, so it is really difficult to find any washrooms. We also got a free tour in one of the historic buildings which was pretty cool. They discussed about the people who first came to San Diego and laid the foundation of the city.
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