Old Town San Diego
Entrance to the Barra Old Town Saloon at Old Town San Diego
Entrance to the Barra Old Town Saloon at Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego Tours and Tickets

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Established in 1769, Old Town San Diego is the site of California's first European settlement, earning it the nickname "the birthplace of California." Highlights include Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, with its preserved adobe buildings and living history demonstrations such as blacksmithing. The area is also home to restaurants, shops, and live entertainment.

  • 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, California, 92110

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Mike_G, Nov 2023
Excellent Tour and Well Worth It!
Bleu was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable. The history of Old Town, San Diego and the tacos & tequila were awesome!!!
Margaret_S, Nov 2023
Best tour offered!
Clean comfortable transport. Knowledgeable guide Roxanne. All drop points were clean, safe, and each was unique.
John_R, Nov 2023
Great Way to see all the San Diego top spots.
Excellent way to see San Diego. Well ran, safe, informative and fun! Highly recommend. 25 mile tour around the city, including Coronado island and beach!!!! Super service!
Judy_H, Nov 2023
Great way to tour the city
Excellent overview of the city, and Kaye was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, we love touring the city, this way, and being able to see the highlights.
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Q:Is it worth visiting Old Town San Diego?
A:Yes, it is worth visiting Old Town San Diego. There are loads of things to do, see, and eat. Brush up on your California history at one of the many free museums, or wander through the Whaley House Museum to look for ghosts. End with some authentic Mexican cuisine.
Q:How long should you spend in Old Town San Diego?
A:Depending on the museums, attractions, shopping, and food you want to experience, you could spend one to a few days in Old Town San Diego. You could also stay in one of the neighborhood's hotels and use it as a base to explore more of the city.
Q:How long is the trolley tour of Old Town San Diego?
A:Old Town Trolley Tours offer a 23-mile (37-kilometer) hop-on hop-off loop, with the option to disembark at 12 stops. You can choose a 1- or 2-day pass with unlimited reboarding. Or, you can choose the 2-hour Old Town Trolley Tour option, which starts in Old Town.
Q:Can you walk around Old Town San Diego at night?
A:Yes, you can walk around Old Town San Diego at night. The museums will be closed, but you can still explore the parks and see the lit-up missions and historic buildings. Look for mariachis playing or other special events going on at Bazaar del Mundo outdoor shopping mall.
Q:How do you spend a day in Old Town San Diego?
A:Start with breakfast—perhaps have some huevos rancheros at one of the many Mexican restaurants. Then hit the museums, such as the Whaley House Museum and Casa de Carrillo. Do some shopping for locally made handicrafts. Be prepared for serenading mariachis at lunch or dinner.
Q:What tours can you do of Old Town San Diego?
A:To explore Old Town San Diego, take a Heritage Park and Old Town walking ghost tour. Or go straight to the source for ghosts, and book a tour at the reportedly haunted Whaley House. Other tours combine Old Town with attractions such as Balboa Park and the USS Midway.