Explore Old Town San Diego State Historical Park



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Added by Lucas Bremer

The "birthplace of California" has become one of San Diego's must visit spots.

From where Father Junipero Serra established the first of 21 California Missions in 1769, this area was the first permanent European settlement in the San Diego region.

Today, past and present meet in a preserved historical park located near Downtown San Diego. You can explore life as it was in the mid-1800's through historical buildings and museums. There are more than 20 buildings dating back to 1821. In addition, Old Town has amazing Mexican Food, touristy shops, and often live entertainment and concerts. Year round sunshine helps make this a open air attraction with people walking from site to site.

If you are into the paranormal you can book a tour of the Whaley House, said to be America's most haunted.

You can walk from shop to shop, or see the whole mile or two historical park on foot only. Parking is available at the corners of the park or along adjacent streets. More information on the park can be found on the State of California's website.

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Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area



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Fun to Explore

This is such a fun place to explore. Get some good food then walk around to see all the historical sites

Fun place to walk a bit

I spent a few hours with my father, wandering around all the museums and touristy spots. It was fun way to spend an afternoon. Had dinner at an old timey saloon, and the food was surprisingly good! Lots of other options in the area too.

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Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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