San Diego Neighborhood Inn-Sider Guide: Old Town San Diego
Check out what’s going just outside the walls of the Old Town Inn!
Old Town State Historic Park…There is much to see and do at this famous and much loved tourist destination. Leave your car at the hotel and walk over as parking may be an issue, especially on the weekends. First thing you should do is pick up a walking tour guide from the Visitor Information Center, located in the Robinson-Rose House across from the Trolley Center.
If you’re a history buff, head over to the Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park, it stands atop the hill and is recognized as the site where California began. You should also walk through Heritage Park Victorian Village just outside of the main strip in Old Town. Restored Victorian homes and San Diego’s first synagogue reside at this park, moved here from their original locations around San Diego.
Drive or hike to Presidio Park, located behind Old Town. This large park has many beautiful sites (Inspiration Point, Palm Canyon, Padre Cross and The Arbor), relax and let the kids run loose. Pick up some sandwiches from The Gourmet Bagger on Midway Dr. or Espresso Mio in Mission Hills and take with you for a picnic.
Do you like shopping for unique gifts? Then visit Bazaar del Mundo on Taylor St., a cluster of shops located under one roof, this is definitely one of our favorite shopping sites. Get ready for a lively shopping experience and be ready to find many interesting gift ideas for yourself, family and friends.
Things the kids especially love in Historic Old Town
The old graveyard – during the day it’s an educational experience and at night it’s great for a fun spooky treat. Look down at the sidewalk and notice the little gold markers on the ground where
gravestones once stood.
Whaley House – built in 1865 and named the number one most haunted house in the U.S. by Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted. This place is great not only for you serious ghost hunters but also for history buffs.
Old School House – visit the first public school house in San Diego. Show your kids what schools used to be like not long ago.
Sheriff’s Museum – Full of interactive exhibits from the 150-year history of the Sheriff’s Department.