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Old Town

2383 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
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  • 82%
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  • 75%
    Foodies
  • 61%
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    Students
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  • Old TownAmbassadorPro 2014
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    A gem of San Diego, rich culture & history are so eminent. Old Town is the birthplace of California and where the first mission is located. You'll find a great park adjacent and a lot to see & do within close proximity. The streets are lined with Mexican restaurants and shops with local craft artisans, art, museums, & antique themed shops like the old style candy store or candle shop. A "tourist" spot indeed, but absolutely frequented by locals. Great for taco Tuesday or for any Mexican celebration!

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  • Old Town

    Old Town is a California State Park. It is a very colorful place and you can get some good Mexican food. Inside the park are several restaurants and gift shops as well as a many historical buildings that you can visit. Entrance to the park is free however there may be a few exhibits that require a token entrance fee. Old Town is another place when I visit I realize I have forgotten how much I like it. No need to go to Tijuana if you visit Old Town. It's Mexico without the poverty and you can find everything that is sold in Mexico there. I believe Barra Barra is the name of an authentic Mexican cuisine restaurant right near park headquarters. Lovely setting inside and out and a good happy hour I recall.

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  • Old TownPro 2014

    Old Town San Diego is a great place to explore, and there are lots of fun shops and places to eat. The trolley tours take you here, or you can drive your own car and look for parking. Definitely a must when visiting San Diego for the first time.

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    Old Town was a treat, as well, and we even took the tour of the Haunted House. Of course, it isn't really haunted...or is it? To be honest, we didn't stick around to find out after there were some unusual sitings by others in our group. Started to feel a little, well, haunted, if you know what I mean. It was definitely an interesting experience. FASCINATING!

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  • Old Town

    Great amazing place good to eat have fun. Also have a few drinks has many cultural sites and much more...

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  • Old Town

    Watch the locals make handmade tortilla and enjoy a great margarita at Old Town Mexican Cafe. There are tons of local shops selling handmade goods, a haunted house, and more! Great family activity, or for a night out.

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    Authentic Mexican culture, cuisine and sights. Don't miss a visit to Whaley House and the cemetery. Very cool experience, but a bit "touristy" for some.

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    I thought Old Town was going to be the oldest part of town but it turns out it's kind of a historically preserved, tourist attraction. The entire thing is set up like the old wild west/traditional Mexico feeling. While your there you have to stop for some of the Mexican food and I recommend grabbing a margarita while your at it!

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  • Old Town

    Great place if you like Mexican food. I suggest The Old Town Mexican Cafe on the main drag. Many shops and old historic buildings. Tour buses available in Old Town itself.

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  • Old Town

    Try the Trolley Tour for a great way to spend the day in San Diego. You can jump on and off to visit the highlights. Stop for lunch at the Del.

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  • Old Town

    Old Town is one of the first settlements on the west coast. It is an historic site with many things to see depicting life in the 1800.Besides the park there you can enjoy some fine Mexican food.
    Our favorite is The Old Town Mexican Cafe where you can see tortillas made and then enjoy eating them along with great margaritas

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  • Old Town

    Hop on the Coaster train and enjoy historic Old Town San Diego, filled with restaurants, shopping and some great history. It is

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  • Old Town

    Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California's colonization. Historic buildings include La Casa de Estudillo, La Casa de Bandini, La Casa de Altamirno Pedrorena and the Mason Street School, San Diego's first one room schoolhouse. Just up the hill from Old Town San Diego Historic State Park, you'll find Heritage Park where several of San Diego's most notable Victorian homes have been relocated and authentically restored to their original splendor.
    I suggest wearing comfy walking shoes, take the dirt pathway that leads Old Town and pop into shops and restored and displayed buildings, take a picnic basket and enjoy the great San Diego weather on the shaded grassy area in the center of it all, or eat at one of the many famous Mexican eateries along the way.

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  • Old Town

    The original settlement of the Spaniards and missionaries in California. Great history and great mexican food, fiesta time!

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  • Old Town

    Number one attraction in the state of California for several years. South American theme. Great restaurants and music.

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  • Old Town

    Old Town Mexican Cafe and the haunted Whaley House. A touch of the history and great food of San Diego.

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    Fun afternoon or evening of shopping and dining in one of the most popular historical spots in San Diego.

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  • Old Town

    This is an easy trolley ride away in case you have too many margaritas at one of the many incredible Mexican restaurants.

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  • Old Town

    THE NUMBER ONE TOURIST DESTINATION IN SAN DIEGO, PEOPLE FROM MANY PLACES COME TO ENJOY!!!!!! MUST CHECK IT OUT FOR ONE DAY OF FUN AND CULTURE AND OF COURSE "THE FOOD" MARGARITAS ETC....FUN!

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  • Old Town

    Another one of my favorite places to visit. There are many Mexican restaurants, shops, historic buildings, and restored Victorian homes adjacent to the historic park. It's a great place to bring the kids by day and hang out with adults at night.

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Considered the birthplace of San Diego, Old Town has maintained its historic architecture while adding new shops, restaurants and museums. Stroll through State Historic Park and check out the Old Town Plaza and Casa de Bandini, or take part in Living History activities, where residents demonstrate skills such as blacksmithing or quilting - activities that were vital in the 1800s. If you're around on a Saturday, stop by the Old Town Saturday Market, featuring jewelry, pottery, clothing, glassblowing and more, all created by local artisans.

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4.5 out of 5
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