Old Town San Diego is considered the birthplace of California. This is where the first permanent Spanish settlement was built by Father Junipero Serra back in 1769.
The Old Town State Historic Park located in this neighborhood is home to many buildings built in the early 1800s. These buildings are maintained to let visitors experience what it was like in San Diego during the period of 1821 through 1872.
Admission to the park is free. You'll be able to see the first public school house in San Diego, stables, courthouse, stables, general store, adobe, newspaper office and print shop, as well as a sheriff's museum complete with police equipment, uniforms, patrol car, jail cell, and courtroom. Interested in ghosts? Visit Whaley House, believed by many to be haunted.
Today this is an exciting and vibrant neighborhood enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. In addition to its many historical buildings, you will find a variety of art galleries, fascinating shops, great restaurants, hotels, and parks.
The Old Town area is mostly know for its Mexican restaurants, but you will find many other cuisines represented as well.
Directions to Old Town from I-5: Exit at Old Town Avenue and follow the signs. You will find both street parking and parking lots.