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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
Overview of San Diego
Great, informative tour with opportunity to stop & explore a bit. Highlights of San Diego. Then we returned to some areas on our own.
sanjohnct29, 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
Fantastic
Michele_T, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
I would highly recommend going on this tour! It was fantastic! We enjoyed seeing all the sites along the way! I love the fact that you can get on and off at any time. I never realized that their was so much to see here! I would do it again in a heartbeat!
star-4
This was a great overview...
Kathi_O, Jun 2022
San Diego Scenic Tour
This was a great overview of the area. We will definitely go back to Coronado Island, Old Town, and Balboa Park. Suzanne did a great job of giving us history and fun facts and Gregory a wonderful job of driving. My only complaint is that we were told masks were required, which we wanted, then very few people wore them.
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
Awesome experience ❤️
jackaboy_y, Jun 2022
San Diego Scenic Tour
So much information and sightseeing in only 4 hours. Suzanne & John were absolutely awesome. So knowledgeable. She was able to answer all of our questions about the stuff we were seeing.
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
Hopped off!!
Patti_T, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Love seeing city and then deciding where to stop..a2-day pass makes sense if you have time! Enjoy your views of San Diego and Coronado!
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
Would do this again in a heartbeat❣️
Carolyn_B, Jun 2022
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
I don’t normally do tours when I’m traveling but this was such a great experience. I loved that you could jump on and jump off in all of the hotspots and you had no time limit except to catch the last shuttle at the end of the day. The trolley drivers were very knowledgeable and I would do this again in a heartbeat❣️
star-5
Great sights, guide, stops
Cathleen_F, May 2022
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley
Tour was fabulous. Highly recommend. Fun for all. Great pickups. Easy boarding. Guide very friendly and knowedgeable.
star-5
Not bad but not great.
Frank_S, May 2022
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego
It was pretty good. Some great info on tequila and old town history etc. Just a tad steep for the amount of food you sample.
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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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