San Diego Old Town – the Birthplace of California

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

San Diego Old Town is the “birthplace” of California

If you want to know more about California history, then San Diego Old Town is a right place to explore.  It is belong to the State Park so there is no entrance fees.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

No Entrance Fees

The historical park is very big to walk around, there are several museum all with no entrance fees and few restaurants available.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Once you enter the Old Town, you will be fascinated by the old houses, mostly built in the early Mexican-American period of 19th century life. You will also see there are staff who works here dressed up in the time period clothing. All of the old houses here are now became a museum and you can just walk in for free.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Gardens are beautifully planted with all sorts of interesting plants, such as cactus.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

The Robinson-Rose House

The Robinson-Rose House used to be a law firm owned by James Robinson from Texas but now used as a visitor center at San Diego Old Town

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Staffs who work here dressed up in time period clothing, pretty interesting to see these people walking around in such attire.  I feel like I has stepped into the 19th century!

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

The Bear Flag

American Flag and the California Flag also known as the ‘Bear Flag’ flown high on the sunny day at the Old Town San Diego.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Some display at one of the museum in Old Town San Diego, showing how did the people live back in the olden days.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Cigar Shops at Old Town San Diego

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

First Courthouse at Old Town San Diego

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Original Courthouse Jail

There is an iron jail cell outside the Courthouse.  There is a bigger hole at the bottom of the cell so food can be delivered in.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Mason Street School in Old Town San Diego

This is the first public school in San Diego.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Colorado House

This is another museum featuring original Concord Coach from 19th century, an original panoramic painting of San Diego, an antique pocket watch and two authentic telegraphs.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Some of the buildings here are shops selling things for visitors.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Casa de Pedrorena in Old Town San Diego

This house was built by the son of Miguel de-Pedrorena, Miguel was the one of the early settler of San Diego who was born in Spain.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Talavera pottery in Old Town San Diego

This is the Mexican Folk Art.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

We are not going to buy any pottery as it is too troubelsome to bring them back.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

These pottery (refer to above) can be used for succulent plant, should be very pretty.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Gum Saan 

The Gum Saan (sound like Cantonese), the store is selling some Chinese Jewelry pieces like beads, jades and other artifacts.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Casa de Aguirre

There is actually a museum located inside these colorful shops. Of course it is free of charges.

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Colorful Mexican Sarape

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

ATM in Old Town San Diego

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

Old Town Trolley Tours

San Diego Old Town - the Birthplace of California

If you are lazy to walk, you can always purchase a ticket and hop on the trolley bus.  The narrator in the bus will tell you plenty of jokes plus the historical spots in the old town.

San Diego Old Town Market

There are over 40 unique shops selling all sort of stuff here at the Old Town Market San Diego. Stores & Carts selling Mexican souvenirs from toys to clothing.

I can’t tell if I am in San Diego or Mexico?

Seeley Stable Museum

The museum houses a fine collection of 19th century overland transportation gear and vehicles, including an ox-drawn cart and some wagons.

An Old Wagon

Children School Excursion

Final thoughts :

A very nice park to walk around to discover the Californian history! Don’t forget to have a meal while in the Old Town of San Diego. Since the Old Town has so much of Mexican vibe, why not having the Mexican specialties, a wide choice of cuisine offer here, such as tacos with a short of Tequila or margarita drinks!

Free Parking 

San Diego Old Town is just across the street from the San Diego Trolley Old Town Transit Center.  There are plenty of free parking around the old town.  We park 5 mins walk away from the Old Town.

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