History, food and fun are all within easy walking distance of the Old Town. Father Serra established the first mission here ... More
Old Town San Diego
History, food and fun are all within easy walking distance of the Old Town. Father Serra established the first mission here more than 225 years ago; Kit Carson helped to raise the first American flag in 1846. Now there are 37 restaurants and entertainment is abundant with artisans, dancers, galleries, hotels, mariachis, professional theatre and shops. Most restaurants and shops accept major credit cards. You can access this area from Interstate-5 by taking the Old Town Avenue exit, driving east and turning left on San Diego Avenue.
Old takes it back a bit, recreating some of the unforgettable history of San Diego. Definitely worth a look if you enjoy Mexican food, great shopping and walking around in a pleasant fun-filled environment. I went there through a sightseeing tour...on Coach America, that took us to all of the highlights of San Diego and gave us a great idea of what we wanted to do and see during our stay! I definitely recommend them if you are going to be visiting San Diego.
This is a collection of some of the original town. Unlike many historic sites, Old Town uses some as shops. A lot of hand made deals to find here. A good stop is the herb and spice shop, it is actually a coffee and tea shop.
Take time to wander around this section of San Diego.
The atmosphere was very good; it paints an excellent picture of what San Diego originally looked like. We enjoyed walking from building to building. The shopping was excellent; we purchased nearly all of our souvenirs that day! I think the guys were perhaps a little bored, but my daughter and I really enjoyed the visit. One afternoon was great plenty, though. If you go, check out Casa Guadalajara, a great Mexican restaurant just on the outskirts of Old Town.
The History is alive and meaningful, One of the original cities in California, Mexican or American. Great tours, Food. Take a self guided tour or learn even more with a local guided tour. You can learn, have fun, eat, even golf 9h 3par. First Brick Well in California, First Brick building in Cal. An original spanish estate home to tour. We visit about every other year and learn each time, and eat well. Very Close to Sea World.
Loved the fresh tortillas you can buy along the fronts of all the mexican restaurants. Lots of neat little shops to paruse. Must try lunch/dinner at the Old Town Mexican Cafe. Worth the wait and very good value.
It's a nice place, very Mexican feel and it was nice. I liked looking at everything around and hearing the people and smelling the good smells of Mexican food. Me and my girlfriend were told about the whaley house which was indeed pretty cool, but not for the price. I think it was 6/adult in the day and 10/adult at night. (because it is supposed to be more scary) But for what we saw in the house, which wasn't much at all, i think it should have been free. :-( What can you expect.
I don't go to Old Town to see Old Town but rather go to the restaurants. Of course after eating at the Creole place or some of the restaurants, I'm in the mood to walk around and it's nice to have something interesting to look at when I do.
If you're into culture and history then you'll love Old Town San Diego. For the shoppers, there are numerous shops selling wares in the style of Pioneer California. For the history buffs, there's a haunted hour, original buildings and even a cemetery.
I usually park at the parking lot near the trolley station. Sometimes the parking lot is full but there's usually parking somewhere in the area. It's never been a real issue except during a sporting event. I think the people park in Old town and take the trolley to the stadium.
Overall it's a nice place to visit and a good place to pick up souvenirs. Most of the attractions are free so it's a nice addition to a budget vacation.
if your looking for a nice walk here you go. shopping can be spending but youll find what ever your looking for from clothes to food to local farmers market. a great place there is a little irish pub truely a remarkable must see and eat place. the owners themselves husband and wife are from ireland a great couple who will walk you through the menu if you have any questions. youll feel as if youve stepped across the sea's for a great taste of ireland.
I was born and raised there,and every time i had a project to do on the history of San Diego i used to love going there to see what native san diegans used to live, if you plan on going on a vacation there u better stop here. Sometimes my friends an i would walk and shop around, see the objects modeled after Old Tomn or just sit down at their restaurant, talk or mabe just eat. The over all feeling of Old Town is(even if you dont live there)over whelming with this citys history. I personally would recommend this attraction to anyone.
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