Explore Old Town San Diego State Historical Park

San Diego, California

4.5/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

1 miles

Route Type

Loop

Description

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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Features

Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

Reviews

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

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.

Leave No Trace

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

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