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  • Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street
  • Hours: Open 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.

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.

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 103 Reviews

Discover San Diego at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1 day pass

From USD $38.99

San Diego City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

See the best of San Diego on this morning or afternoon highlights tour that includes the historic Gaslamp Quarter, museum-packed Balboa Park and ritzy La ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99

San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

Explore San Diego, La Jolla, Coronado and Tijuana on this combo sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, see places like Old Town, Balboa Park, the ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.99

San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Explore sunny San Diego and visit some of Southern California's most exquisite sights on this day trip from Los Angeles. Spend time in La Jolla, explore the ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.99

San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore beautiful San Diego, La Jolla and Coronado on this narrated sightseeing tour. Aboard a comfortable coach, explore sites like Old Town, Balboa Park, the ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.99

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

The Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour offers you the chance to sample some of the finest cuisine in San Diego’s Old Town! While you explore this ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.99

La Jolla and Mission Beach Trolley Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Find out why San Diego is famous for its beaches on this hop-on hop-off tour by trolley of La Jolla and Mission Beach. Pack your beachwear and spend time on ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $28.99

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