San Diego is a thriving city with incredible natural beauty and exciting attractions. It’s also home to over 39,000 acres of parkland and open space for visitors and locals to explore and enjoy. One of the best local parks is Old Town San Diego Historic Park where visitors can enjoy a great meal, fun boutique shopping and a refreshing margarita while experiencing this historical area.
As the birthplace of San Diego, Old Town is rich in history combining a beautiful park setting and historical buildings with tasty restaurants, some of the best hotels in San Diego and fun events all year round. It’s the perfect destination for a day strolling through the boutique shops, sipping margaritas or making a night of it and enjoying live entertainment at many of the local restaurants.
For visitors interested in the supernatural, Old Town is home to the supposedly haunted Whaley House. This isn’t just any old haunted house. The Whaley House is known as the most haunted house in the entire country according to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, with a long history of death and misfortune from suicide to hangings on the property. Of course the paranormal activity in the Whaley House cannot be confirmed, but there sure is a lot of evidence to suggest it is indeed haunted. From apparitions to visitors hearing footsteps, a trip to Whaley House Museum is a must for fans of the supernatural in San Diego.
Old Town is home to over 25 restaurants including the popular Mexican eateries Casa De Reyes, El Fandango and Old Town Mexican Café Restaurant. It’s overwhelming to choose just one place to eat in this culinary Mecca so locals recommend taking the Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones: an Old Town Culinary and History Tour with So Diego Tours. This tour is a foodie’s delight with food samples at four to five restaurants, the occasional included alcoholic beverage and an educational guided tour of the history of Old Town. It’s a great way to explore the area, learn a few interesting facts and have a great time eating amazing food and sipping a couple cocktails.
Visitors can take a step back in time to the 1800’s in San Diego when this incredible city was just starting out with a trip to Old Town. It has maintained the distinct architecture and rustic feel of San Diego’s humble beginnings while incorporating modern attractions, restaurants and entertainment. It’s the perfect destination for locals looking for something fun to do on a lazy Sunday or visitors wanting to see a different side of San Diego. It’s also just minutes from the San Diego International Airport, Gaslamp Quarter and attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, making it a great home-base for a convenient vacation in San Diego.
This article was written by Carli Leavitt, the editor of SanDiego.com. Carli is a San Diego native with a wealth of knowledge about local attractions, hotels, beaches and nightlife venues in Southern California.