Posts Categorized: Attractions in Old Town

Historical Museums Abound in San Diego and All are “Must See” Attractions Everyone Should Plan to See

  Museum Galore are what visitor to San Diego are blessed with seeing. This is because San Diego was the white first settlement on the West Coast of the United States. For starters,  Mission San Diego de Alcala was the first of 21 missions founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769. This historical site should… Read more »

Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego is Where History Lives and the Fiesta Lasts Forever

Barra Barra Saloon at Fiesta de Reyes

Festive Old Town comes alive at this new shopping and dining attraction in historic Old Town. Shop at the Beacon Artworks Gallery (619-823-6130) for colorful San Diego paintings. Sample San Diego’s best tasting wines at the Hacienda De Las Rosas’ tasting room (619-840-5579). Dine on the spacious patio at the Casa de Reyes Mexican Restaurant,… Read more »

Free Admission to Historic Mormon Battalion

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located in Old Town, at the corner of Harney and Juan Streets. Walk in the steps of The 500 men Mormon Battalion, Army of the West, as they left Winter Quarters, Iowa, and began their infantry march from Fort Leavenworth to the California Pueblo of San Diego. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there are also guided tours and admission is free.

Cygnet Theatre in Old Town Is Award-Winning

As the new proprietor of the Old Town Theatre in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, The Cygnet Theatre Company has lofty ambitions to ensure that you will have an exciting theatre-going experience. Their renovation of this beautiful theatre includes larger ADA-compliant restrooms, new carpeting and seats, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and a provision for general operating reserves for our transition to a larger, two-venue company.

Hacienda de las Rosas Winery Offers Wine Tasting and Cultural Art in Historic Old Town

They offer five tastes for ($9.50) and you can keep the wine glass. Located at the Juan St. entrance in Fiesta de Reyes in historic Old Town. This family-owned winery features locally made San Diego wines with a lovely garden room to relax and enjoy a wine tasting experience with friends. With a golden Peruvian… Read more »

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum Features Fun and Fascinating Interactive Exhibits

Admission is free, plus if you mention their ad in the SAN DIEGAN and print this review, you’ll receive a free gift. Here you’ll find the The William B. Kolender San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum and Educational Center. The best part about this museum are the interactive exhibits. You can listen to live police calls, hop on a sheriff ’s motorcycle and turn on the sirens and lights.

MCRD Command Museum is More Than Just a Museum, It is the History of the U.S. Marine Corps

This awesome, historically significant museum is dedicated to preserving the glorious history and rich tradition of the United States Marine Corps. This historical museum is visited by more than 100,000 people annually. “A Walking Tour of the MCRD Command Museum” features fourteen galleries, which encompass dozens of exhibits featuring everything from weapons, uniforms, equipment, paintings… Read more »

Whaley House Museum Shop Carries Unusual and Hard-to-find Museum Quality Gifts & Collectibles

The Whaley House Museum Shop is a great source for regional history and for those interested in learning more about San Diego’s exciting past. Located in the charming 1870s Verna House, the shop offers visitors a distinctive mix of books and unique period style gifts from early California through Mid-Century Modernism. Visitors will find signature… Read more »

Adobe Chapel is the Real Ramona’s Marriage Place

The Adobe Chapel was originally built in 1850 as a home, and was converted to a church by Don José Aguirre in 1858. After having been bulldozed for street realignment in the 1930s, the WPA reconstructed the adobe chapel in 1937. Much of the interior artifacts from the original chapel have been retained, including the… Read more »

Marston House Museum & Gardens: The Finest Example of the Arts & Crafts Movement

One of California’s finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Marston House was constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. George Marston is noted for many things but most prominently as a civic leader whose interest and work in historic preservation, conservation and history is well known…. Read more »

Old Town San Diego’s Haunted Whaley House

A classic example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture, the Whaley House was formally dedicated as a historic house museum on May 25, 1960 and has been open to the public ever since; it is one of southern California’s most popular visitor destinations. Over 100,000 people visit the Whaley House annually, with guests traveling from… Read more »

SOHO San Diego Preserves Historic Sites

Since 1969, the Save Our Heritage Organisation has lead San Diego County as a powerful voice for historic preservation. They believe that the historic architecture and sites entrusted to this generation should be passed down to the next, so that they too will know the unique character of San Diego County. Through education, advocacy and… Read more »

Beacon Art Works Gallery Features San Diego's Best Paintings in Historic Old Town San Diego

Beacon Artworks Gallery in Old Town San Diego features the San Diego artwork of RD “Randy” Riccoboni. This Gallery is located in one of the oldest buildings in the western United States, at 2754 Calhoun Street in the exciting Fiesta de Reyes. Fiesta de Reyes has plenty of free parking and several great restaurants nearby…. Read more »

Romantic Junípero Serra Museum in Old Town

The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began. It was here in 1769 that a Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junípero Serra, with a group of soldiers led… Read more »