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      Old Town San Diego is called the "Birthplace of California" because this was the first European settlement on the West Coast and home of California's first city.  Today, it is a community filled with rich traditions, many cultures, diverse collection of arts, crafts and bountiful stories of a romantic, colorful past!


      Old Town San Diego is a robust community consisting of four major parks: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Old Town Victorian Heritage Park, a City of San Diego Whaley House Park and the city-owned Serra Museum and grounds. Our community also offers a myriad of free museums, historic sites, theatre, dance performances and live musicians that stroll our streets with their marimba music filling our courtyards, and mariachi playing amongst our shops and restaurants.


     Discover merchants who provide a peek into what shopping was like in the 1800s. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of our many award-winning restaurants – relish our beautiful San Diego weather on one of many patios and indulge in a refreshing "el grande" margarita – an Old Town tradition . . .