Best Attractions in San Diego
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Old Town
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One of the most visited San Diego attractions is Old Town San Diego by both residents and tourists. What attracts so many to this small area of San Diego is the history and culture that remains a part of old town. There are over 25 restaurants in a mile radius all offering authentic and cultural cuisine. In addition to the food and shopping Old Town hosts many events and has nightly entertainment in many of the restaurants located here. Within Old Town there are three Park Agencies: State, City and County, all of which have historic sites operated as museums. Located at the northern end of Old Town, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is the most visited park in the state system and all of its museums are free to the public. The state park spans the decades from Californio rule to the Mexican Period and finally to the American Period. Experience the days of the dons at the 1825 Casa de Estudillo, one of the finest adobe haciendas in the state; view a rare original stagecoach at the Wells Fargo Museum; see a scale model of nineteenth century Old Town at the reconstructed Robinson-Rose House, one-time Lodge of the Freemasons and home of San Diego’s first newspaper The San Diego Herald; the Black Hawk Livery & Blacksmith; the San Diego Union newspaper building; and the first public schoolhouse in San Diego, the Mason Street School.

There are many more historic museums at the center of Old Town: the Whaley House Museum Complex is a county-owned park consisting of five historic buildings, the most famous of which is the Whaley House, believed by many to be the most haunted house in America in addition to housing the former county courthouse and San Diego’s first commercial theater; the Old Adobe Chapel, San Diego’s former parochial church and setting for the famous wedding of “Ramona,” is now a city-owned museum; the Church of the Immaculate Conception was formally dedicated in 1919; El Campo Santo Cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 500 nineteenth century residents including the Indian leader Antonio Garra and the notorious boat thief Yankee Jim Robinson; and you won’t want to miss the Sheriff’s Museum. All of these museums can be found along San Diego Avenue, Old Town’s main thoroughfare. Just up the hill from San Diego Avenue are the Serra Museum and Presidio Site and Heritage Park, a 7.8 acre county park across from the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center, a state of the art attraction complete with video tour, hands on computer information where you can also pan for gold.
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WHALEY MUSEUM

MORMON BATTALION

SERRA MUSEUM

STATE HISTORIC PARK

PRESIDIO PARK

HISTORIC SITES

There are several types of tours to choose from. With a town as rich in culture as Old Town you could easily take more then one of these tours and gain multiple perspectives.

Mormon Battalion
Amazing state of the art video tours, interactive computers, pan for gold and make bricks. Enjoyment for the whole family. Open 9-9 daily tours every 15 min.(619) 298-3317

Ghost Tours
Tour the Whaley House noted to be the most haunted house in America and the Adobe Chapel in Old Town two haunting tours in one -(619) 297-7511.

Boosters of Old Town
This non-profit organization leads tours through Old Town State Park only. Dedicated volunteers in period costume guide you on a walking tour of prominent Old Town landmarks that old and young alike will enjoy. For reservations (619) 469-3174.

Old Town Trolley Tours
Various tours will take you by trolley bus throughout San Diego. Perfect for the visitor who wants to take a load off their feet and enjoy the sites of San Diego by trolley. Conductors combine colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and historical information into a fast moving two-hour narrative that is both entertaining and educational.
For reservations 619-298-8687.

Old Town State Park Tours
Park aides lead these informative and friendly tours. No reservations necessary; just show up at the Old Town visitor’s center at the Robinson Rose building on the plaza. Tours are free. This is a service provided by the State of California. For reservations 619-220-5422

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Old Town San Diego has seven Hotels to choose from all within walking distance from the Trolley. You can book your hotel, reserve airline tickets and car rental and BUILD YOUR VACATION through the Old Town site. You can search for San Diego Hotels that range from affordable three star properties to extended stay and business-like hotels. You can reserve and book San Diego hotels with various amenities, room types, and at differentprice points to meet anyone's needs.

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There is so much to choose from when you visit San Diego. We've tried to make it easy for you to choose where to begin and what to see and where to stay in San Diego. There are so many things to do in San Diego, from exciting amusement parks, to upscale restaurants where you can have an intimate dining experience. A great way start to see all of what San Diego has to offer is the Old Town Trolley Tours. After the Tour you will have an overview of San Diego which may help in making plans.



Public transportation is available to most destinations. Old Town San Diego is situated next to a major transit center with the Coaster, Train, MTS Trolley and taxi's all available within walking distance.

So weather you are planning to visit for the weekend, a week or longer San Diego has something for everyone.