Old Town San Diego State Park

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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
The price is $59 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in Point Loma, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Old Town Trolley Tours and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from SeaWorld. Marine Corps Recruit Depot and San Diego ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,565 reviews)
"This property is near the sea world."

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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
The price is $122 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Located in Old Town San Diego, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town San Diego State Park and Heritage Park. University of San Diego and SeaWorld ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,078 reviews)
"Staff was incredibly nice and helpful. Our room was clean and the beds were comfortable to sleep in."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Old Town/SeaWorld Area
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA
The price is $149 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Mission Valley, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hotel Circle, Balboa Park, and Old Town San Diego State Park. University of San Diego and ...
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E-Z 8 Motel Old Town
E-Z 8 Motel Old Town
2.5 out of 5
4747 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA
The price is $49 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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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
The price is $59 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Motel 6 San Diego, CA – near Sea World
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
The price is $122 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
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Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA
The price is $149 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
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Best Western Seven Seas
Best Western Seven Seas
3 out of 5
411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA
The price is $80 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
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Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town
Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town
3 out of 5
4041 Harney St, San Diego, CA
The price is $135 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town
Old Town Inn
Old Town Inn
2.5 out of 5
4444 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA
The price is $130 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
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Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $135 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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Riverleaf Inn Mission Valley
Riverleaf Inn Mission Valley
2.5 out of 5
2484 Hotel Circle Place, San Diego, CA
The price is $69 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Riverleaf Inn Mission Valley
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