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Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego

San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego

The Basics

The main attraction is Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, which offers insight into San Diego’s Mexican and early American history in the 1800s. Stop by an old schoolhouse and Casa de Estudillo, a restored adobe home filled with period furniture. Other diversions include Mexican restaurants, live mariachi performances, and shops selling jewelry, pottery, and other goods. Old Town is included in several city tours, including hop-on hop-off routes, food tours, and ghost tours.

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San Diego Scenic Tour
San Diego Scenic Tour
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Linda was a very...
Linda was a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. And Juan was an excellent driver. Really enjoyed the experience.
SallyB_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Great Afternoon Exploring and Learning Old Town San Diego
Holly_M, Oct 2021
Old Town Tales, Tacos and Tequila in San Diego
We had a great tour with Jennifer! Firstly, she was very considerate of the safety of of the tour participants in every regard, from Covid precautions to crossing the street. Secondly, she was very knowledgeable and entertaining in sharing the stories of Old Town San Diego. And finally, she was incredibly patient with our group and even used an app to help us identify flora and fauna along the hike to and from the Presidio. We had a wonderful afternoon exploring and learning!
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Enjoyable tour
Cheryl_J, Nov 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The guide was marvelous. Love the tour and the sights. San Diego is beautiful. The trolley is clean and safe.
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See the highlights in 4 hours!
MaryCarol_B, Nov 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
This is a great way to glimpse the top city highlights in a short period of time. The sights are amazing and walking is minimal so a choice it thats a concern. The guide was very nice. Informative and funny. The goody bag with water and trail mix was a perfect thoughtful touch. My only suggestion is during covid to inform folks before purchase that the van does not have windows that open. I'm so glad we did this tour!
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October 4 tour
Debbie_P, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Great going to all the different locations. There was a good amount of time at each stop. I really thought it was too many people in one van, during the covid times. And the back row… we were way to stuffed in. Pretty much sitting on top of strangers.
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Give it a try!
Michele_C, Jan 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The tour is a great way to see the tourist sites in San Diego! Getting on and off the trolley is great - spend as much time as you like in one area. I would recommend riding it all the way around first, see what you want to do, then make your plans. It's a little corny (songs, singing along, jokes), but great history.
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Delicious food (tacos,...
Emily_C, Jan 2022
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego
Delicious food (tacos, tequila, chips & salsa, churro). I was staying in a different area of San Diego, and I'm very glad I walked around Old Town with someone who could educate me about it.
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Spooky fun
john_n, Jan 2022
Ghosts of San Diego Walking Tour
Sherry was knowledgeable, had quite a few tales, was pleasant and organized. It was an hour and half and got cold at night, so bring warm clothes in the winter!
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Very informative
Kiara_B, Dec 2021
Ghosts of San Diego Walking Tour
It was good. Sherry I think was her name was very informative and didn’t rush at all. I thought it would be scary and it wasn’t bad. My boyfriend had a good time as well. Be prepared to walk a lot.
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Great Tour
Monique_D, Dec 2021
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego
This tour is a must. Angela was a great tour guide, lots of energy, and very knowledgeable about San Diego. The food was excellent and I was stuffed!
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Absolutely Amazing!
Lindsay_B, Aug 2021
Ghosts of San Diego Walking Tour
Brandy was absolutely amazing! She’s super passionate about the history and culture in old town San Diego. She also connected and shared personal stories of her own experiences in the area along with her childhood and how it played into her views now. It was a two hour tour that was worth every minute! I can’t wait to take other friends on this tour and check out this company in other cities!
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Perfect morning activity
Jake_G, Dec 2021
Old Town Tales, Tacos and Tequila in San Diego
Jennifer was amazing! Super knowledgeable and mixed in things we were interested in during the tour. 100/100 take this tour!
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Tour of San Diego
Doris_K, Jan 2022
San Diego Scenic Tour
Enjoyed La Jolla Cove watching the sea lions and the waves hitting against the shore. The Soledad Veterans Memorial was a nice treat, enjoyed the panoramic view at the to. Coronado Island was also beautiful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Town is a must for history buffs and first-time visitors to San Diego.

  • A visitor center is located in the main plaza and is a good place to begin your visit.

  • Public parking lots are available, as well as street parking.

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How to Get There

Old Town is northwest of downtown, with the state historic park at the intersection of San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street. The Old Town transit center on Taylor Street serves San Diego trolleys and buses.

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When to Get There

Go during the day to see the historical sites of the park, or arrive around dinnertime to enjoy the area's lively evening atmosphere. Cinco de Mayo festivities take place every year, and for live entertainment such as folk dancing, head to the Fiesta de Reyes Stage.

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Whaley House Museum

Located in Old Town, the Whaley House Museum is said to be one of the most haunted sites in the city, making it a popular visitor attraction, especially with ghost tours. The mansion was built in the 1850s where gallows once stood, and unusual activity has been reported there ever since. More recently it's been featured on TV and in books for paranormal activity.

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