About Old Town

Old Town is the historic heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement with only a mission and a fort.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century.

Old Town San Diego, where Interstate 5 and Interstate 8 meet, is nestled in the heart of San Diego.  Old Town is just across the street from the San Diego Trolley Old Town Transit Center, across the freeway from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) and a short drive from most San Diego destinations.

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Living in Old Town

Most people think of historic buildings and tourists when they think of Old Town. But people also live in this neighborhood. There is a natural beauty here that made it the choice location for the earliest residents – in 1769, Catholic priest Father Junipero Serra founded California’s first Spanish mission here. Today Old Town is appealing to residents for its central location, access to mass transit, restaurants and historic parks and buildings. In 2005 and 2006, California State Parks listed Old Town San Diego as the most visited state park in California. With so many visitors, this is a unique place to call home.

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Things to do in Old Town

Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountains at Fiesta de Reyes and in the Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego’s heritage, and bask in early California ambiance.

Old Town Zip Code: 92110

Old Town Geo Coordinates:

Lat: 32.7542159
Long: -117.2057341

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is in the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life from the early Mexican-American period of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century.

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