Explore Historic Old Town with a Fun Old Town Tour
Old Town is San Diego’s oldest neighborhood and encompasses a California State Park which draws thousands of visitors each year. In this community, visitors can see numerous historic buildings from the city’s early beginnings and enjoy the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the area. You can easily spend a day wandering around Old Town, but to get more out of your experience, it is recommended to take a tour.
There are many kinds of walking tours available in old town. Visitors who want a comprehensive tour of the neighborhood can choose a guided tour from either park volunteers or aides. These tours will let you see a variety of the historic buildings in the area. For those who are interested in specific sites or museums, there are tours of the Mormon Batallion Museum, the adobe chapel and ghost tours at the haunted Whaley House. All the guided tours are free, but many require reservations.
Old Town visitors who are either short on time or want to explore other sites that may not be covered in a tour can easily do their own self-guided tour. Maps of the Old Town State Park and surrounding area can be found at the visitor’s center located in the Robinson Rose Building which is located in the main plaza.
Walking around Old Town can be exhausting, so for those who want to give their feet a rest while still exploring the park, hop aboard an open carriage for a short breather or take a tour onboard an Old Town Trolley bus. The trolley buses are operated by Old Town Trolley Tours and take visitors to other San Diego sites besides Old Town.
Guests who stay at the Marina Inn can easily and quickly get started on their tour of San Diego’s historic neighborhood. The Marina Inn is a preferred hotel near Old Town which offers guests clean, spacious accommodations, complimentary amenities and friendly service.