Old Town San Diego Things to Do

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    Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 27, 2013
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    Old Town San Diego was designated as a State Historic Park since 1969 and most of the old town area lies withing the park as this state park commemorates the early days of the town of San Diego and includes many historic buildings from the period 1820 to 1870. Among the attractions in the state park include adobe built houses, roman catholic church, shops, restaurants and museums. Other historic buildings include a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, San Diego's first newspaper office, a cigar and pipe store, houses and gardens, and a stable with a carriage collection. There are also stores, with local artisans demonstrating their craft. It can be accessed via the tourist buses, via car using the Interstate 5 north of Interstate 8 east and via the old town transit of the san diego trolley.

    Admission is free and the park is open from

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    Shop at Old Town

    by machomikemd Written Nov 27, 2013
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    Old Town San Diego is now just a suburb of the city but the area host a number of commercial establishments and culture like more than 100 shops selling various local crafts, historical items, souvenir items and at least 12 art galleries for the avid art lovers and othe areas, the district also hosts 27 historical sites related to the founding of San Diego. Old Town is about 8 miles north of Downtown San Diego via Interstate 5 North.

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    Old Town S.D. State Historical Park!

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    While in San Diego, many visitors flock to Old Town State Historical Park. What it is they expect to do or see I'm not really sure, but this is not a boring place. It is a replication of the earliest Californian settlement. (Replication, because most of the original town was destroyed by fire in 1872.) Admission is Free. In fact, most people have no idea when they have entered nor when they have left Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, unless they have a map pointing out the boundaries.

    This State Historical Park was established about 1969 as a Landmark area of California and this is what inspired the development of a living museum to document the West Coast's version of Plymouth Rock.

    Before the landing of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo in 1542 the barren land of this area was sparsely populated by native people called the Comeya (Now spelled, kumeyaay,) tribe of Dieguino Indians. It was many years later, in 1769 when the first Spanish soldiers and missionaries arrived to establish a fort and mission at this location.

    San Diego is the site of many firsts in the history of the U.S. Western Coast and much of Old Town San Diego State Historical State Park serves to preserve our historical significance.

    In each of the buildings, representing life of San Diegians between the years 1821-1872, you'll find a shop, restaurant, or a museum.

    ***1821Mexico (including California) won independence from Spain.
    ***1848 the Mexican War and the annexation of California to the United States.
    ***about 1868, San Diego's New Town began to be built along the Harbor of San Diego Bay.

    This Park offers a mix of modern day re-creation and authentic/replication. There is a combination of shops, festivities, restaurants, museums and history that appeals to almost everyone.

    More information on my Old Town San Diego State Historical Park Page.

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    A Walk Around Heritage Park Row

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    Under the auspices of the county government of San Diego and in the spirit of preserving San Diego's history, Heritage Park was created to give safe harbor to some of San Diego's oldest and most distinguished buildings that were in danger of being demolished.

    This is the Sherman-Gilbert house (1887) which serves as the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. So, feel free to stop in and get all the information you need for exploring our County Parks, including this one. The bench surrounding a wonderful shade tree is a good place to sit and enjoy the beautiful architecture. Also this is a favorite place for artist and students learning about the designs of old Victorian homes.

    At present there about seven buildings here, Victorian, Italianate, Stick-Eastlake, Queen Anne and Classic Revival styles can be seen and there is room for more to be added as the situation presents itself.

    Each of these buildings serve a practical function, such as an office for the Parks & Recreation, shops, a tea house and a B&B. The Temple Beth Israel is a wonderful venue for weddings and other special events.

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    The New Bazaar Del Mundo!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    A New Home!

    It was more than thirty years ago that Bazaar del Mundo was created as a part of Old Town SD State Historic Park. It was a festive colorful corner that drew locals as well as toursts to explore the offerings.

    Recently, the powers that be--at the Parks Department of the State of California--has determined it better to give the concession to an out of state company. This caused a great uproar, but through many court decisions Bazaar Del Mundo is out and Plaza Posada is in.

    It is a shame. However, fear not. Bazaar del Mundo has simply moved and it's not so far away. While visiting San Diego and Old Town you can have the same experience at their new location.

    Go up to Juan and Taylor Streets and check it out!

    They are opened:
    Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.to 9 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Mormon Battalion Memorial!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    I don't really know very much about the Latter Day Saint's religion, but have met quite a few of it's members while working for EF Foundation and one thing that I noticed, was their strong sense of community. So, it wasn't surprising--amazing, but not surprising--to learn about the impressive and brave contribution this group of people made to our country, to California and especially to San Diego.

    If you take a trip out to the desert here in SD you may come upon a sign that tells of the "Longest Infantry March in American History." It was made by Mormons coming from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego, California. Their journey started in 1847 and they arrived in 1848. The march took them through hundreds of miles of dangerous Indian territory and through a bitterly cold winter. Over 500 men, along with some women and children made this 2,000 mile trip to help with the shaping of this part of the USA.

    Driving along Interestate 5 up in the La Jolla area, it is impossible for a sighted person to miss the grand Mormon Temple with it's white spires reaching into the sky.

    Tours of the Temple are no longer possible, but the Mormon Battalion Visitor Center is open to the public and offers free tours. Stop by and get to know a bit more history and learn about real American Heros.

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    Visit the Serra Museum!

    by lmkluque Updated May 6, 2012

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    Father Junipero Serra Has Lunch

    Commonly referred to as The Presidio, this museum sits high on a hill overlooking Old Town commercial area. There are many things to see and this is one of them. There is a small shop at the entrance that sells various souvenirs, but mostly books that aren't found in the average book store.

    The large room on the ground floor has displays that have changed from time to time, giving some idea of what has gone before. Up the stairs you will find several rooms dipicting the living style of the Padres/ soldiers who came to San Diego to convert the Indians in Father Junipero Serra's time and later. At the top of the stairs the tower windows open up the vista of the San Diego River, which is now moslty the freeway system, but the view is far reaching and interesting to see.

    There is a nominal donation, $5.00 for Adults and Free for children up to 13 years, to enter the museum.

    Just remember that Mondays this Museum is closed! (One year I took 33 active French teens here on a Monday! It Was a mistake I will never forget!)

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  • Experience the Journey Yourself!

    by daynak Written Apr 16, 2010

    The San Diego Mormon Battalion Site was completed renovated in 2009 and reopened in 2010. It has become a must see when visiting Old Town. I was there for weekend celebration and enjoyed the presentation so much that I took my family back yesterday.
    The site is now a historical museum style site that first presents the history of the people in an entertaining interactive movie/presentation and then allows you too view the authentic artifacts from the Army of the West. There are also great opportunities to take historical style pictures, look up battalion members and have the information emailed to you, and participate in panning for gold and brick making.
    The site is great for all ages, young to old will be entertained with all the hands on activities. You truly will feel like you have been on the Journey with the Battalion members. The best part is it is free of charge!

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    Historic, shopping and many restaurants,

    by deannatravel Updated Jan 25, 2006
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    We visited this old historical sight recently and were pleasantly surprised. The preservation of San Diego's history and some of it's buildings has been accomplished. Good place to visit with the children. It was Christmas time when we were there and the pictures we have attached give you a flavor of the season.

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    Casa de Estudillo Rooms #5

    by al_mary Written Oct 16, 2005
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    Constructed between 1827-1829 by
    Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo,
    Commander of the San Diego Presidio,
    La Casa de Estudillo is a wonderfully
    preserved representation of how an
    important 19th century family lived and
    worked ......

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    Casa de Estudillo Rooms #4

    by al_mary Written Oct 16, 2005
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    Constructed between 1827-1829 by
    Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo,
    Commander of the San Diego Presidio,
    La Casa de Estudillo is a wonderfully
    preserved representation of how an
    important 19th century family lived and
    worked ......

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    Casa de Estudillo Rooms #3

    by al_mary Written Oct 16, 2005
    Master Bedroom
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    Constructed between 1827-1829 by
    Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo,
    Commander of the San Diego Presidio,
    La Casa de Estudillo is a wonderfully
    preserved representation of how an
    important 19th century family lived and
    worked ......

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    Casa de Estudillo Rooms #2

    by al_mary Written Oct 16, 2005
    Childs Bedroom
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    Constructed between 1827-1829 by
    Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo,
    Commander of the San Diego Presidio,
    La Casa de Estudillo is a wonderfully
    preserved representation of how an
    important 19th century family lived and
    worked ......

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    Casa de Estudillo Rooms #1

    by al_mary Written Oct 16, 2005
    Work Room
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    Constructed between 1827-1829 by
    Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo,
    Commander of the San Diego Presidio,
    La Casa de Estudillo is a wonderfully
    preserved representation of how an
    important 19th century family lived and
    worked ......

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    Casa de Estudillo Yard

    by al_mary Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    Constructed between 1827-1829 by
    Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo,
    Commander of the San Diego Presidio,
    La Casa de Estudillo is a wonderfully
    preserved representation of how an
    important 19th century family lived and
    worked ......

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