OLD TOWN is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort.
Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance.
Visit Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego, the Birthplace of California, the Plymouth Rock of the West, founded in 1769, where an authentic and cultural experience awaits you. Visitors are offered a glimpse into early California, with over 20 museums; art galleries, artisans, galleries, and shops are all within easy walking distance of each other. Encounter live entertainment with mariachis, folkloric dancers, artists, guided tours, and more. Award winning theatre, fine and casual dining await you with multiple international and regional cuisines offered with the most concentrated number of Mexican restaurants in one place in all of San Diego.
Old Town is home to city, county, and state parks, with the most visited state park in California being the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park where you can learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. The historic plaza is a gathering place for community events and historical activities, fiestas and living history programs with many retail shops and restaurants surrounding the plaza along with numerous museums.
With multiple lodging choices, from hotels to bed & breakfast style you can stay right in the heart of the action and walk to any one of the numerous attractions, shopping, art galleries, museums and of course you are always only steps away from some of the best margaritas this side of the border!
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