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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 208 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 $39.95
San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise, San Diego, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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San Diego and Tijuana Combo Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 37 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 Day Trip from Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Day Trips
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San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 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 $169.00
San Diego City Tour, San Diego, Day Trips
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San Diego City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 132 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 $48.00
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour, San Diego, Half-day Tours
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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour

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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 $50.00
San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise, San Diego, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Diego Sightseeing Tour with Optional Harbor Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 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
San Diego GoCar Tour, San Diego, Half-day Tours
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San Diego GoCar Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 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 $63.72
Private San Diego City and La Jolla Coast Tour, San Diego, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private San Diego City and La Jolla Coast Tour

Welcome to San Diego! Enjoy the best sightseeing tour that will take you to the most places in San Diego. Enjoy a half day of discovering the historic sights ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $499.00
San Diego Shore Excursion: City and La Jolla Coast Tour, San Diego, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

San Diego Shore Excursion: City and La Jolla Coast Tour

Welcome to San Diego! Enjoy the best sightseeing tour that will take you to the most places in San Diego. Enjoy a half day of discovering the historic sights ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.00
Holiday Lights San Diego City Tour, San Diego, Ports of Call Tours
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Holiday Lights San Diego City Tour

Discover the magic of the holidays on this tour of San Diego's top Christmas Lights neighborhoods.  Bring the family and enjoy a trip that is worth taking in ...  Read more

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

From USD $34.00

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