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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
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San Diego Scenic Tour
star-4.5
$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Great variety of sights, driver and tour guide had great personalities. Since the tour covers so much mileage, you can’t spend too much time at any one stop, so I recommend doing this tour early on your visit to give you ideas for where to explore later.
John_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

star-5
Perfect tour of Old Town
Becky_A, Mar 2022
San Diego Old Town Tales, Tacos and Tequila Small Group Tour
Jennifer was a terrific guide bringing to life Old Town San Diego. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and funny. We had a great day!
star-5
Lovely San Diego
Jean_G, Apr 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
San Diego, it’s people, architecture, scenery, cleanliness. I loved it and it is definitely a must come back destination
star-5
Hop off Hop on Trolly
AutumnBlueford, Jul 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The narrator was excellent and made the trip fun and informative. The stops were fun. However, it would be nice it the trolley ran longer in the evening because we felt rushed when we got off at the different stops.
star-5
Fun Experience !
Jessica_B, Jun 2022
GoCar Talking GoCar 2Hr Tour: Downtown & Old Town
Really fun but very sunny the day we went. Bring sunscreen and something to cover your legs because they were cooking for 2 hours. Cheesy at times when the virtual gal is talking about attractions as you cruise by people. But we just laughed through it. Saw a lot in a small amount of time. Fun riding. Like a low to the ground moped.
star-4
Quick short tour
Raghuram_J, Jun 2022
San Diego Scenic Tour
Was fantastic but very short time in each places it was more a fast paced tour Should give more time in each place
star-5
Overview of San Diego
sanjohnct29, Jun 2022
San Diego Scenic Tour
Great, informative tour with opportunity to stop & explore a bit. Highlights of San Diego. Then we returned to some areas on our own.
star-5
Fun times!
Michele_L, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
It was very informative and gave us an idea of where we wanted to go back to. Balboa Park, Coronado and Seaport Village and stroll through the gaslight district for some amazing food choices.
star-5
Excellent & can recommend to anyone
Mohamed_S, Jun 2022
San Diego Private Tour
Vincent was excellent , on time to pick up & even extended the hrs to complete our other tour activities in San Diego.
star-5
Great experience!
Ariel_L, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
I love the old Town San Diego hop on hop off trolley. What a convenient and wonderful way of visiting famous San Diego places. I would definitely recommend to friends.
star-5
Best way to sightsee in SD
Kristin_K, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The trolley was such a convenient way to get around and hear about historic spots in San Diego. All of the tour guides brought their own unique personality and humor which was a highlight as well. We really enjoyed it. Jessica, Scotty, Goose and Vinnie were all fabulous.
star-4
We had a great time on...
Dorothy_G, Jun 2022
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego
We had a great time on this tour. It was a fun evening. Our tour guide was a local so knew the area well.
star-5
Loved it.
Deborah_G, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
We took our 2 kids 10 and 8 on this tour. They had a good time walking around. They loved Coronado bay and walking around the beach . There is a lot to see. We didn’t get to do it all in 1 day.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Old Town San Diego ?
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