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Old Town in San Diego





















When you come to Old Town you can experience the time period covering 1821-1872. Sites to see include Casa de Estudillo, a beautiful adobe hacienda,  a rare original stagecoach at the Wells Fargo Museum, the reconstructed Robinson-Rose House, the Black Hawk Livery & Blacksmith, and the first public schoolhouse in San Diego, the Mason Street School. All of the museums in Old Town are free to the public.


The Whaley House Museum Complex

The complex houses five historic buildings, the most famous of which is the Whaley House, which is known as being the most haunted house in America. The Whaley Complex also contains the former county courthouse and San Diego’s first commercial theater.


Sheriff’s Museum: Less than 10 feet from San Diego’s first jail, the museum features live police communications, a real jail cell, courtroom, helicopter, motorcycle and much more.

2348 San Diego Ave., San Diego (619) 260-1850


Heritage Park

Browse in these beautiful, historic Victorian homes which now house shopping and bed and breakfasts.


Presidio Park

Presidio Park is where Father Junípero Serra founded the San Diego Mission I 1769 on Presidio Hill. The presidio was in ruins by 1835 and now houses no historic structures. It is a fun place to have a picnic and enjoy views of the ocean and the city.


Old Town Trolley Tours

Many prefer to take trolley tours because they offer an easy way to get the sites in.  Conductors will share colorful anecdotes along with historical information in a two-hour narrative that will captivate the young and old.


Mormon Battalion Visitors Center

Learn about the Mormon Battalion who arrived in San Diego in 1847. They came to offer support to the American military in the pueblo during the Mexican War. Their trek was the longest march in military history consisting of 2,000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego.


Restaurants in Old Town

There are more than two dozen restaurants and snack shops in Old Town, many of which serve Mexican food.


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