Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego, San Diego

Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. The Old Town Historic Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It features amazing old historic houses, unique specialty shops, the first San Diego newspaper office and spectacular gardens. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most beautiful sights that the Old Town of San Diego has to offer.
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Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego Map

Guide Name: Old Town Walking Tour, San Diego
Guide Location: USA » San Diego (See other walking tours in San Diego)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: doris
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McCoy House Museum

1) McCoy House Museum

The McCoy House Museum is part of the Old Town State Historic Park, and is located at 4002 Wallace Street in San Diego, California. It was originally built in 1869, and was the home of Sheriff James McCoy and his wife Winifred. McCoy came to the area in 1849, after he finished his tour of duty with the United States Army. Being fluent in Spanish made it easy for him to seek public office, and service in several positions, not the least of which was the sheriff of San Diego. He was also a State...   view more
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Robinson-Rose House

2) Robinson-Rose House

The Robinson-Rose House is located at 4002 Wallace Street. It is a part of the Old Town State Historic Park venue of classic old time homes in San Diego, California. The building was erected in 1853. The two story home was used as both a house and a law office. It is a classic example of Victorian style architecture, and was a fairly large size house for its time in history, when people tended to build small.

James Robinson came to San Diego in 1850. He was formerly from Texas, and became a...   view more
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Plaza del Pasado

3) Plaza del Pasado (must see)

Plaza del Pasado is the place that brings San Diego's early history to life. Here, you can find unique specialty and gift shops and amazing restaurants. You can also enjoy live Mariachi bands and local artisans demonstrating glass blowing.

Why You Should Visit:
Perfect place to enjoy Mexican cuisine, with also plenty of gifts/handicrafts to buy for your whole...   view more
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Mason Street School

4) Mason Street School

The Mason Street School is one of the wonderful attractions to see at the Old Town State Historic Park, which is located at 3966 Mason Street in San Diego, California. It was built in 1865, and was the first publically built and owned school in the county.

It was a modest structure, having just one room. It was made of wood, and had a shingles roof. It measures 24 by 30 feet, and has a ten foot high ceiling. Now imagine the fact that grades one through eight were all taught in this tiny...   view more
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La Casa de Estudillo

5) La Casa de Estudillo

The Casa de Estudillo is a very old and historic adobe house located in San Diego, California. It was built in 1827 by Jose Maria Estudillo and his son Jose Antonio. It was considered the finest house of its day in Mexican California. It is now part of the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, but it is also listed as a National Historic Landmark on its own.

It is one of the oldest examples of Spanish architecture in the country. The house is made of dried mud adobe bricks and encloses...   view more
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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

6) Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

The Immaculate Conception Church was founded in 1917, and yet it is one of the newer Catholic Churches in town. The formal dedication ceremony was two years later, and was conducted by the Right Reverence John Cantwell, who was the Bishop of Los Angeles and San Diego at the time. It has been in constant service since then. It is located in the Old Town sector of San Diego.

Two of the original mission bells from the Mission San Diego still ring in the area. One of them is located at this...   view more
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Whaley House (The)

7) Whaley House (The)

The Whaley house is located in Old Town and was opened as a museum in 1960. The house, builted in 1857 is a classic example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture and it was the first of its kind in San Diego. Nowadays, the house features historical elements of furnishings and unexplained phenomena. The Whaley House is one of the only two houses listed as hunted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Operation hours: Mon-Sun:...   view more
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Heritage Park

8) Heritage Park

Heritage Park is one of the county parks in the San Diego area. It is located near the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and takes up approximately eight acres. The prime purpose of this establishment is to help preserve the architectural heritage of the Victorian buildings located there - a big part of the cultural heritage of the city. In fact, during WWII, expansion of the city of San Diego was happening so fast that these old homes were in danger of being demolished. A group of private...   view more
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Presidio Park

9) Presidio Park (must see)

Presidio Park, in many respects, is the birthplace of the city of San Diego. Way back in time, in the year 1769, it became the location for the first official post of the Spanish Army in the area. The first Spanish Mission also started here. Commandant Pedro Fages started the fort, which became the first European settlement on the Pacific Coast of North America. As the first such place, it became the launching point for the Spanish colonization of California. Sadly though, none of the original...   view more
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Junípero Serra Museum

10) Junípero Serra Museum

The Junípero Serra Museum was built in 1929. It is a major symbol of the San Diego city, because it marks the spot where the first state's mission was founded. The building represents an example of Mission Revival style architecture. The museum features historic exhibits where can be seen artifacts, tools, clothing and furniture of the first Spanish and Mexican people from San Diego. Operating hours: Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00...   view more

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