Old Town San Diego: Things to Do to Have Fun!
Old Town San Diego may be a historic district in the city, but the old buildings are always ready to offer guests new fun. With shops, restaurants and other attractions, there are many things to do in Old Town San Diego. In order to start having fun in 2013, consider the following list of options.
1. Saturday Market.
The Saturday Market is open every Saturday, letting various artisans set up in Old Town to showcase their wares. Guests have the chance to check out the options, which are all available to buy. The range of products will vary week by week but often includes paintings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, blown glass and other handmade crafts. Whether guests are buying or just looking, the Saturday Market is one of the best options for having fun in the area.
2. Trolley Tours.
While this part of the city is well developed for pedestrian foot traffic, touring all day in Southern California can be hot. To enjoy the sites while relaxing a bit more, consider a Trolley Tour. Trolley buses are available in this part of the city, ready to take guests on guided tours of San Diego. Not only will guests get to see the many sites throughout the city, but these two-hour tours also provide unique information that cannot easily be gleaned elsewhere. The guides provide historical insights and fun anecdotes, making a Trolley Tour well worth the time and money this year.
3. Latin American Festival.
Guests can celebrate the city's Latin roots with this vibrant festival. The Latin American Festival is a yearly event that celebrates Mexican art and culture. Exhibits features traditional folk art, clothing and other artisan productions. Of particular note are the Mata Ortiz pottery displays. This year's festival takes place in the Bazaar del Mundo on August 3-5.
4. Tequila Trail.
Tequila is a quintessential Mexican drink, which is why it is no surprise that it is so popular in Southern California. Learn to appreciate this Mexican flavor by participating in the Tequila Trail, which is a weeklong event in September of 2013. Guests will visit various restaurant, all of which feature high quality spirits and various activities. Over ten restaurants will be participating this year, and the 2013 schedule even includes a unique art experience, showcasing this famous Mexican drink.
5. Mexican cuisine.
While there are many delectable restaurants in Old Town, the exquisite choices for Mexican food should not be ignored in 2013. For the best of the best, try Cafe Coyote y Cantina, which has repeatedly been recognized as the best Mexican flavor in the city. Casa de Reyes Mexican Cuisine not only has fine food but a comfortable ambiance, which includes outdoor seating in a flush courtyard. Casa Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is known for its seafood and also features giant margaritas. El Fandango strives to add a bit of historical accuracy to its dishes, and La Pinata Mexican Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in the city.
For a bit of a literary escape, be sure to visit Twainfest. Twainfest runs in State Historic Park and features exhibits and activities that showcase Mark Twain and other famous people from the same time period. There will be music, readings, dramatic presentations, sack races, puppet shows and more. This family friendly event is one of the best attractions during the summer, offering distinctive recreational options for people of all ages. The 2013 celebration takes place on August 18.
7. Ghost Tours.
While most of the action is during the day, there are still things to do at night. One of the best nighttime attractions is a Ghost Tour. In particular, many guests choose a Ghost Tour of the Whaley House for some after hours entertainment. The Whaley House is open during the day as a museum, but with its reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in America, many people find the nighttime ambiance more invigorating. The professional guided tours also take guests to the Adobe Chapel, another nearby haunted residence that is a must to check out.
8. Stagecoach Days.
California was historically the final frontier in the American Old West. Celebrate that colorful past with Stagecoach Days, which take place every Saturday in July and August. This historical celebration has plenty of things to do for the whole family, including reenactments, displays, children's activities and more. Many people also like to visit for the anvil firings and the historical cannon displays.
9. Ice cream.
The weather can get hot in Southern California, so it is always fun to cool down with ice cream. Fortunately, there are several destinations for a cold treat. Some people like the smooth flavors of the popular Cold Stone Creamery. This high end chain store has a strong presence, offering guests the chance to customize their dessert experience. Also be sure to check out Korky’s Ice Cream & Coffee, which has a menu of distinctive after-dinner treats that are more specific to the local area.
10. Eclectic shopping.
While there is ample high end shopping throughout San Diego, Old Town offers some distinctive novelty buying opportunities. Many of the shops have a specialty focus, making them well worth a visit. The Covered Wagon offers Indian jewelry and other collectibles. Toby's Candle Shop gives guests the chance to make their own candles, and Captain Fitch’s Mercantile has an array of historical gifts, books and other items that are almost impossible to find elsewhere. Other options include Cousin’s Candy for fresh candy and pulled taffy demonstrations, SOHO Museum Shop for unique reproductions, Del Sol for products that use solar energy and more. In total, there are over 40 specialty shops, making the retail experience well worthwhile.
These ten attractions are merely the beginning. The restaurants also feature food with other ethnic flairs, and there are events that run throughout the year. Mostly, there is always something going on, ensuring that there are always new methods for having fun in this historical section of San Diego.
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