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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
San Diego Scenic Tour
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great way to see San Diego in 4 hrs!
Driver/Tour Guide was great, she was very knowledgeable & friendly! Great way to see the key points in San Diego area! More personable than hop on & hop off bus!
DGRS32, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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October 4 tour
dkt310, 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
Awesome Hop On Trolley
Rita, May 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
The whole experience was great. Clean trolleys, great knowledgeable tour guides and lots of stops at historical points of interest. Loved it!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-4
Beware
Jerryt_S, Oct 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Drivers great. Views great. MSP shows one stop no longer being used. We looked for stop site one hour.
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Relaxed
A_L, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Old town. The history behind it. The driver was very knowledgeable a lot the route and about the city of San Diego.
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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Fun Day
Edith_H, Sep 2021
San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley
Our tour guide, Tommy, was interactive with the guest and his sprinkles of humor made things more enjoyable.
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Hop on hop off trolley
Thomas_K, Oct 2021
San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
Great way to see all that a city has to offer and a great way to get around. Our driver Jack was awesome. Great information and great stories.
star-5
San Diego Highlights.
John_O, Oct 2021
San Diego Scenic Tour
Roxanne was great. Veterans Memorial was the best. All the seals at the Children's Pool were also great.
star-5
Great Experience!!!
Theresa_H, Sep 2021
Ghosts of San Diego Walking Tour
My daughter and I were lucky enough to be the only 2 on this tour! Our tour guide was wonderful! We were able to take our time at each stop and she had so much information to share about each site. A truly wonderful tour!
star-5
Triple T hit the Mark.
Kent_W, Sep 2021
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego
This was a great tour. Angela was a great guide. Before the tour took place I couldn’t find on our invoice where to meet. I’m panicked and found a tour guide from another outfit to call thankfully he got in touch with the company and we were able to find the place and meet. Supposed was initially 15 in the group but turned out just 6. It was better and more personable that way. Learned a lot of history, drank some margaritas, and had some great tacos. Would recommend this.

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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