Old Town San Diego State Park

Old Town San Diego State Park which includes street scenes
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Travel back to 1872 at this historic park, which features preserved buildings and recreations of San Diego life in the 19th century.

Experience a simpler time at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, a living museum complete with 19th-century buildings. This park is located on the former site of San Diego’s commercial center, which moved closer to the coast in the 1860s and 1870s for easier shipping and commerce. Visit this historic reserve, which was established in 1968, to visualize what the city center looked like during this early period.

Tour authentic 19th-century buildings throughout the park. Occasionally actors play the parts of period San Diego figures. Visit the Casa de Estudillo, built in 1827, and learn how the cultures of Mexico and the United States were in conflict at the time. Be sure to stop at the Racine and Laramie store, where a tobacco trade was booming in the 19th century.

Stay a while at the Black Hawk Smithy and Stable to see a demonstration of period blacksmithing. Afterward, browse a collection of horse-drawn buggies at the Seeley Stables and explore the classrooms of Mason Street School, San Diego’s first public school house.

Delve into San Diego’s history at the Wells Fargo Museum, which occupies a former hotel built in the 1850s. See where travelers dismounted at an authentic stagecoach stop or learn about Morse code at the telegraph office. Discover how newspapers were printed at the nearby San Diego Union Museum.

Settle your hunger after a walk with a meal at one of many restaurants in the Old Town area. The suburb is known for its exquisite Mexican restaurants and stalls selling pan dulce, sweet Mexican bread.

Nearby, browse exhibits of modern police equipment and vehicles at the William B. Kolender San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum and Educational Center. Take a ghost tour of Old Town’s Whaley House Museum, one of America’s most famous haunted mansions.

Find Old Town San Diego State Historic Park just next to the Old Town Transit Center, which is conveniently served by public commuter rail, trolley and bus services. The park is open daily throughout the year and is free to access, although several individual venues charge admission.

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Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
2 out of 5
3880 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA, 92110
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The price is $80 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA, 92108
The price is $159 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
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Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area
3 out of 5
4200 Taylor St, San Diego, CA, 92110
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$149
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Dec 11 - Dec 12
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"I requested a baby crib but it was not provided or mentioned at the front desk when I checked in. The room assigned at first smelled very bad so I requested for change. It was accommodated and the smell wasn’t there. The location was great. Waking to old town was fun and lots of good shops and ..."

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Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area
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Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
2 out of 5
3880 Greenwood St, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
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4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA, 92108
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Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area
3 out of 5
4200 Taylor St, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Old Town Inn
2.5 out of 5
4444 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA, 92110
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DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Hotel Circle
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Hotel Circle
4 out of 5
1515 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA, 92108
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Comfort Inn San Diego Old Town
Comfort Inn San Diego Old Town
2.5 out of 5
2380 Moore Street, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101
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Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld
Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld
3 out of 5
3737 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92110
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Kings Inn San Diego
Kings Inn San Diego
2.5 out of 5
1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA, 92108
Kings Inn San Diego
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