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Old Town

Photo of Old Town Mission

This much loved, colorful neighborhood is the heart of San Diego. Created in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California's first settlement with only a mission and a fort.

California State Park is at the center of Old Town. Here you can experience life in the early Mexican-American periods of 1821-1872 through rich living history programs. Watch forms come to life at the blacksmith and woodworker shops, and read a newspaper from the 19th century!

Wander through lush gardens or browse at one of the many specialty shops for treasures from around the world. Indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants or dance to the strolling mariachis. Pause to reflect at the fountain in Bazaar del Mundo and plan a day or two to visit the dozens of historic sites. Take a tour of a haunted building and spend a day at one of the many museums. Year round, Old Town is the place for food, folklore, and fun. Visit Old Town, celebrate San Diego's heritage, and bask in early California ambiance!

Council Representative

Community Meetings

Old Town Community Planning Committee
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m.
The Whaley House
2476 San Diego Avenue
Contact: Thurston Coe, Chair
thurstoncoe@yahoo.com

Old Town Chamber of Commerce
Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m.
The Padre Trail Inn
4200 Taylor Street
Contact: Fred Grand, Chair
(858) 481-2476 fgrand@phgcorp.com