Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4.5
State ParksHistoric Walking Areas
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
Historic site in downtown San Diego that recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Address
Neighbourhood: Old Town
How to get there
  • Old Town Transit Center • 3 min walk
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  • Esther
    9 contributions
    A Must See
    We went to Old Town on two days as there is so much to see. The Mormon Battalion is a must see! They have an excellent multi-media presentation, and this tour is free. I was so impressed with the tour that I gave a donation. There is a Victorian village, many good restaurants, and much more.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 February 2023
  • Cora P
    Phoenix, Arizona64 contributions
    Check out the free walking tour
    We left out into the 1 hour free walking tour. It's only held on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 to noon. It was really informative and we were able to see parts of Old Town that we would not otherwise have been able to. I really like Old Town not only to buy tchotchke's, but to see the way people lived a couple hundred years ago. The walking tour really made it come to life.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 February 2023
  • Wendy T
    New Romney, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Great visit
    Great place to visit to see how San Diego was in the early 1800's, with some authentic relics from that era. Well stocked shops offering interesting goods with a Mexican feel. We were there a couple of hours only and could have spent longer to do the evening ghost walks etc.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 13 February 2023
  • Northern_Traveler00
    California72,926 contributions
    A nice place to visit
    If you like tourists and tourists shops. The old buildings were cool, but 90% of them sell typical tourist shlock. A few good restaurants. Not much close by parking. Nearby lot holds 100-120 cars, and is free for up to 4 hours which is great, but all spaces are full by 11AM and a dozen cars are circling, circling, looking for a spot, which is kind of counterproductive. Maybe charge a small fee to park there? Shorter limits? "Free" fresh tortilla sample requires a tip before you get the delicious free tortilla.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 21 February 2023
  • Becca D
    San Diego, California35 contributions
    Interesting History of San Diego - Free Parking!
    A large and FREE park (and free parking) to learn about San Diego's history. Be sure to stop first at the visitors center at the Robinson Rose House for a map and park info. We went on the walking tour that departs there at 11:00a. It was a 45 minute tour of history of old town and a good way to start our day and figure out what to explore.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • CapDeathCarpet
    Nottingham, United Kingdom200 contributions
    Disappointing and mostly closed
    In concept a great place to visit but the reality didn't live up to the expectations. It looks great but it's not clear which buildings are original or reconstructions. Disappointing that several buildings were closed including the main one and it seems the majority of the remaining ones are occupied by businesses rather than actual museum pieces.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Vickers55
    Cambridge, United Kingdom701 contributions
    Commercial state park
    It’s a port of old town area laid out as a pedestrian access park. Essentially it has a lot of shops and some places to eat and at one end a museum. There are some nice old buildings but it is more of a retail park
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, United Kingdom2,064 contributions
    A good sense of history
    Spent a couple of hours wandering around. We took the trolley bus to get here. We are from UK so have an immense amount of history compared to American but it was great to see this sight. Can’t imagine what it would’ve been like when it was the first settlement. Very interesting. Highly recommend
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Simon C
    Audlem, United Kingdom96 contributions
    Defiantly worth a visit
    Defiantly worth a visit, easy access from the metro and great place to spend a couple of hours. Safe pedestrian access with plenty of shops and visitor attractions. Cigar and tobacco store is fantastic
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
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Simon C
Audlem, UK96 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Defiantly worth a visit, easy access from the metro and great place to spend a couple of hours. Safe pedestrian access with plenty of shops and visitor attractions. Cigar and tobacco store is fantastic
Written 27 November 2023
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Angie R
Sunderland, UK1,525 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lovely place to visit in Old Town San Diego on a sunny day.

The Historic State Park is a fascinating place

Unfortunately we were there before all was open but it was still worth seeing

Don’t visit before 11am especially out of season
Written 17 November 2023
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Waddler
York, UK10,072 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Sure, its a bit contrived and not authentic, but its nicely done and actually a pretty chilled way to spend a bit of time. Nice old buildings, restaurants and shops.
Written 6 September 2023
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Valerie S
Cary, NC8 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
San Diego is a great city to explore. It has beaches, nice coastlines and lots of history! Exploring nearby towns was very enjoyable. La Jolla was a blast!!!
Written 25 May 2023
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,064 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Spent a couple of hours wandering around. We took the trolley bus to get here. We are from UK so have an immense amount of history compared to American but it was great to see this sight. Can’t imagine what it would’ve been like when it was the first settlement. Very interesting. Highly recommend
Written 24 April 2023
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Donna G
Charlotte, NC34 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Old town is a great place to walk around , shop and eat . We enjoyed going in and out of shops and enjoyed eating a few Mexican restaurants.
Written 16 April 2023
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Vickers55
Cambridge, UK701 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
It’s a port of old town area laid out as a pedestrian access park. Essentially it has a lot of shops and some places to eat and at one end a museum. There are some nice old buildings but it is more of a retail park
Written 2 April 2023
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CapDeathCarpet
Nottingham, UK200 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
In concept a great place to visit but the reality didn't live up to the expectations.
It looks great but it's not clear which buildings are original or reconstructions.
Disappointing that several buildings were closed including the main one and it seems the majority of the remaining ones are occupied by businesses rather than actual museum pieces.
Written 29 March 2023
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Becca D
San Diego, CA35 contributions
Mar 2023
A large and FREE park (and free parking) to learn about San Diego's history. Be sure to stop first at the visitors center at the Robinson Rose House for a map and park info. We went on the walking tour that departs there at 11:00a. It was a 45 minute tour of history of old town and a good way to start our day and figure out what to explore.
Written 27 March 2023
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Bruce B
4 contributions
Mar 2023
I was hoping to have an in-depth experience of the historic San Diego. Basically, the park is a commercial exploitation of a reconstructed setting, selling souvenirs and junk food.
Written 20 March 2023
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