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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
$79.00 per adult
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Awesome day
Loved the tour The tour guide Roxanna was Awesome. Loved the ocean views and Balboa Park.The sea lions were cool
Andia_J, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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Enjoyable tour
Cheryl_J, Nov 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The guide was marvelous. Love the tour and the sights. San Diego is beautiful. The trolley is clean and safe.
star-5
See the highlights in 4 hours!
MaryCarol_B, Nov 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
This is a great way to glimpse the top city highlights in a short period of time. The sights are amazing and walking is minimal so a choice it thats a concern. The guide was very nice. Informative and funny. The goody bag with water and trail mix was a perfect thoughtful touch. My only suggestion is during covid to inform folks before purchase that the van does not have windows that open. I'm so glad we did this tour!
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October 4 tour
Debbie_P, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Great going to all the different locations. There was a good amount of time at each stop. I really thought it was too many people in one van, during the covid times. And the back row… we were way to stuffed in. Pretty much sitting on top of strangers.
star-5
Great tour!
Jennifer_F, Nov 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The tour guide was fabulous. I enjoyed the various sites on the tour, and I plan to bring a friend with me on my next tour.
star-5
Cool experience checking in on ghosts!
Ian_M, Nov 2021
Ghosts of San Diego Walking Tour
Very cool tour and experience! Didn’t think we saw anything during the tour but looked at the pics after and…saw both a lady in the church window and an orb where George was sitting!
star-5
Absolutely Amazing!
Lindsay_B, Aug 2021
Ghosts of San Diego Walking Tour
Brandy was absolutely amazing! She’s super passionate about the history and culture in old town San Diego. She also connected and shared personal stories of her own experiences in the area along with her childhood and how it played into her views now. It was a two hour tour that was worth every minute! I can’t wait to take other friends on this tour and check out this company in other cities!
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A Tour to Remember
Sylvia_D, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Every part of the tour was great, La Jolla, Mt Soledad, Coronado Island, Balboa Park, Old Town SanDiego. Being given time to walk around and explore was great. Driving by other areas like Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Airport and given history on every area of the tour was nice. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone it was a great experience. Roxane was our driver she was great, friendly and very knowledgeable in history of San Diego.
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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
Latorria_A, Nov 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Our tour guide Roxane was amazing! I really enjoyed myself and the awesome views of San Diego. This is a must di again tour.
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Satisfied
Rubi_R, Nov 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Learned interesting facts about the city. Good way to know where to explore when you're not from the area. Staff really friendly.
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Great Tacos, Margaritas and Fun!
Thomas_K, Oct 2021
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego
We had a great time. Our guide Angela was great and lots of fun. The tacos were delicious and much more than we expected. The margaritas were great too! Loved the history.
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Best of San Diego in four hours!
Judith_J, Nov 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Balboa Park was wonderful! It was interesting to see Little Italy and Gas Lamp area. Our guide, Roxanne was great Frienly and full of information!
star-5
Great tour guides!
Linda_C, Nov 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
This company stands behind their claim of customer satisfaction. The tour guides were funny and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this experience.

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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