San Diego Old Town, San Diego

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San Diego Old Town, San Diego
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5 Hours
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  • Travel back in time to the 1800s and explore this traditional town
  • See how the first European settlers lived in the museums
  • Visit preserved and reconstructed buildings plus dine and shop in the authentic marketplace

Discover a slice of history at San Diego’s Old Town and learn about the birth place of California. The vibrant Old Town marks the spot where the first Europeans settled in California, allowing you to marvel at the preserved historical buildings of the time. Take a glimpse into early colonial life in San Diego at the Old Town State Historical Park which has maintained many homes and business from the era; witness the old adobe ranch homes, school house and graveyard. What’s more, the haunted Whaley House & Museum was constructed on a former gallows site and was home to the county courthouse. 
The San Diego Old Town has a colourful Spanish and Mexican vibe, marvel at the original and reconstructed buildings plus living history demonstrations which illustrated the way of life in the 1800s.
Experience California’s history first hand and try some of the early style restaurants, known for their authentic Mexican cuisine. Some of the highlights of the lively dining scene include El Agave which boasts a vast tequila selection or the open-air Café Coyote, which has traditional décor, strolling mariachi bands, and large margaritas.
You’ll also be able to take home a souvenir from your travels from the past. Situated in the heart of the Old Town State Park, there’s a buzzing market called Bazaar Del Mundo which has a wonderful array of traditional clothing, jewellery, pottery and furnishings.

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