THE BIRTHPLACE OF CALIFORNIA

Old Town San Diego is a vibrant historic community full of unique shops, authentic restaurants, and one-of-a kind attractions. Considered by many to be the “birthplace” of California, Old Town San Diego offers culture and history at every turn.

OLD TOWN TRANSIT CENTER

Walk to the Old Town Transit Center for easy access to the San Diego trolley, Coaster commuter rail and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service, as well as several bus lines provided by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Getting around San Diego is a breeze when you have the Old Town Transit Center at your fingertips. Purchase a $5 day pass and get around all of San Diego with ease. View the map.

Historic Houses and Museums of Old Town San Diego:

  • The Alvarado House – A reconstruction of the original 1824 house, which was once home to the sister of the last California governor appointed by Mexico
  • Casa de Aguirre – Reconstruction of a house built in the 1850’s by Jose Antonio Aguirre.
  • Casa de Estudillo – A former sanctuary for women and children during the American occupation in 1846.
  • Casa Machado y Silvas – A traditional 1840’s-style adobe
  • Casa Machado y Stewart – A restored 19th century adobe
  • Black Hawk Smith & Stable – Features regular blacksmith demonstrations
  • Colorado House – Reconstructed 1850’s hotel that serves as the Wells Fargo History Museum, featuring a 19th century stage stop and telegraph office
  • First San Diego Courthouse – A reconstructed 19th century courthouse
  • Johnson House – A reconstructed mid-19th century office building
  • Mason Street School – The first public school house in San Diego
  • San Diego Union Museum – Newspaper office and print shop
  • Seeley Stables – Stables and barns that features horse-drawn buggies, wagons, carriages and western memorabilia

Old Town San Diego Attractions:

  • Heritage Park Victoria Village – Home to seven restored and relocated Victorian homes and the Coral Tree Tea House.
  • Mormon Battalion Historic Site – The only religiously based unit in U.S. military history arrived in San Diego in 1847.
  • Presidio Park – The first San Diego Mission was established by Father Junipero Serra on Presidio Hill.
  • San Diego Sheriff’s Museum and Educational Center – Interactive exhibits from the 150-year history of the Sheriff’s department
  • Whaley House – Number one most haunted house in the U.S.