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  • Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street
  • Hours: Daily
  • Admission: Free

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San Diego Old Town

San Diego Old Town is a pleasant place to soak up some history, browse for souvenirs, and perhaps enjoy a Mexican meal. Old Town is the site of the original pueblo (village) that sprang up in San Diego below the mission and fortress back in the 18th century. It preserves five of the original adobe (mud brick) buildings alongside scores of recreated structures, including a schoolhouse and a newspaper office.

Your first stop should be the Old Town State Historic Park Visitors Center, which has memorabilia and a video of local history. The center is located in the main plaza. Across from the visitor center is Casa de Estudillo, a restored adobe home filled with authentic period furniture, which is worth a look. Just off the plaza's northwestern corner is the Plaza del Pasado, which has a colorful collection of import shops and restaurants. The area is also home to the Old Town Trading Company, a charming gift shop selling various trinkets.

Practical Info

San Diego Old Town is located northwest of downtown, bordering Presidio Park, and is easily accessible via public transportation. The Old Town transit center, on Taylor Street, at the northwestern edge of Old Town, serves San Diego trolleys and buses. Plan to spend a few hours strolling the area.

Tours & Tickets

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 153 Reviews

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1 day pass

From USD $39.00

San Diego City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 113 Reviews

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $34.49

San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 24 Reviews

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

From USD $77.99

San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 13 hours

From USD $158.99

San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.99

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $50.00

La Jolla and Mission Beach Trolley Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1 day

From USD $32.00

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