When researching places to visit–I always look for old historic towns and buildings. It was easy to find Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and I am so glad that we did. This was the first major settlement in California, the literal birthplace of San Diego and it still has some of the original buildings!
We started our self-guided exploration of the park at the Robinson-Rose House/Visitor’s center–where we learned a brief history of the settlement and saw a model of what the town once looked like. We then went to the McCoy House which is one of many museums on the grounds…and then through some of the new re-creation restaurants and shops and then to the old General Store, the Tobacco store, the old Wells-Fargo, the Steely Stables, the school, the jail, the hotel, etc. The part of the town we liked most was La Casa de Estudillo–which was a mansion with a courtyard and period-style furnishings in the house itself. It was really cool.
My only regret with Old Town San Diego SHP was not eating at one of the many authentic Mexican Restaurants in the vicinity. We had just eaten breakfast before getting to the park, so we were not hungry at all. If you go there, go hungry and eat some yummy Mexican food.
View of the Square:
More Historic Buildings:
Todas las cosas Mexicano: