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  • Address: San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, USA
  • 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.

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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley, San Diego, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1330 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 $39.00
San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise, San Diego, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 320 Reviews

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

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

From USD $77.99
San Diego GoCar Tour, San Diego, Day Trips
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San Diego GoCar Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

This cute little 2-passenger GoCar is easy to navigate and so much fun to drive, allowing you to see San Diego sights on your own schedule. You’re guided with ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $31.32
La Jolla and Mission Beach Trolley Tour, San Diego, City Tours
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La Jolla and Mission Beach Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 224 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 $32.00
Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour, San Diego, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

From the spectacular coastal views of the cliffs at Torrey Pines, gorgeous Balboa Park, to the expansive beaches in Coronado, it is easy to argue that San ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
San Diego City and Tijuana Deluxe Combo Sightseeing Tour, San Diego, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Diego City and Tijuana Deluxe Combo Sightseeing Tour

Experience two cities that lie across the border from each other on this full-day tour with guide. Discover the diverse, culturally-rich and historical city of ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise, San Diego, Full-day Tours
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San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

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

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $37.99

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