Attractions

Old Towne San Diego

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Since 1983 Old Town has been the appropriate setting for San Diego's largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which Mexico won its ind......
The Flavors of Old Town
Old Town has over thirty full service restaurants from traditional Mexical cuisine, Italian, Sushi and American favorites.

Today in Old Town
This cultural and historic area is a virtual mecca for shopping and fine dining; Historic sites, museums and galleries...
The Whaley House
Thomas Whaley came to California during the Gold Rush. He left New York City, and arrived 204 days later in San Diego

Ghostly Legends
According to the Travel Channel's America's Most Haunted, the Whaley House is the number one most haunted house in the United
Old Town Tours
There are several types of tours to choose from. With a town as rich in culture as Old Town you could easily take more then one of these.

Events in the State Park
Calendar of events in the Old Town State Historic Park: Stagecoach Days, 4th of July, two page pdf listing of events for the whole year.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
is now open following a three year renovation - Visit soon and plan to have lunch or dinner, you will relish the attention to every detail

Mormon Battalion
The soldiers of the Mormon Battalion were the first American Military sent to San Diego, after the war, to protect its borders. The Battalion

Historic Sites
California State Parks owns and operates a number of original and reconstructed buildings as part of Old Town State Historic Park. In
The Founding of California
The history of Old Town is a fascinating story that begins with it being the birthplace of California.

Dia de los Muertos
Old Town San Diego will hold its second annual event honoring this historic and cultural celebration. The Day of the Dead...
Old Town Art Festival
Enjoy museum quality art and sculpture as you stroll through Old Town with all of it's history and charm. The Old Town San Diego
2011 Tequila Trail
The Kick off event for the Spirits of Mexico. Tequila and mexican cuisine tastings at 10 of
Old Town's favorite restaurants. Don't miss...
Bazaar del Mundo
You'll enjoy entertaining mariachi and folkloric dance performances throughout the day as well as

The OTSD Guide provides information about Old Town San Diego attractions, restaurants, shopping, hotels, history and community events.

Within walking distance there are a great many places to shop and dine with unique products and a quaint atmosphere. Bazaar del Mundo, Fiesta de Reyes, the Old Town Market and many boutique shops offer a variety of uncommon gifts.

Discover Old Town by visiting the many historic sites and learn about San Diego history.

Be sure to experience the adventure that is Old Town, the birthplace of California.

Gas Lamp District

The beauty of San Diego, it's clear, was in the eye of the beholder. The mission of Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is to tell the stories of the visionaries - artists, if you will, who saw the beauty in a barren land and worked to shape the masterpiece that has become San Diego, California.

The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation (GQHF) is the "curator" of the Gaslamp Quarter - a 16 1/2 block district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Through its operation of the William Heath Davis House Museum and Park, the GQHF promotes the educational, historical and cultural development of the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

The GQHF grew out of a community effort begun in the mid-1970s when the value of historic preservation was gaining widespread acceptance and support. Local preservationists, urban planners, business owners and other citizens were able to see past the deteriorated condition of the area, now known as the Gaslamp Quarter, and envision the historic buildings restored to their original character and put to new uses. These early pioneers saw that the city's built heritage provided a vital connection with the city's past.

The GQHF was formed in 1981 as the Gaslamp Quarter Foundation, soon after the Gaslamp Quarter was listed on the National Register in 1980. As a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable corporation, the organization has successfully completed projects that have educated San Diego residents and visitors about the spirit and heritage of the district.

In 1996, the organization changed its name to Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation to help promote its role in preserving the historical integrity of the district. As the historic and cultural contributions of the Foundation became more widely recognized, it was believed that the name change would better reflect its mission "To promote the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter."

One full time employee is on staff as Executive Director.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors whose members share an appreciation of historical significance of the district and bring enthusiasm and commitment in carrying out the Foundation's mission. The group collectively brings a variety of backgrounds and professional expertise to their work. The tireless efforts of the Foundation's 100 or so volunteers provide ongoing assistance for all of the organization's programs.

The GQHF is the only organization in existence which provides San Diego residents and visitors with the tools, resources and means to learn about and enjoy the vast history of one of the finest historic districts in the United States. Through its leadership and support, the Foundation is able to further the historical, educational and cultural values of the Historic Heart of San Diego. Its educational and community awareness programs contributes to the betterment of the Gaslamp Quarter and the entire community.

 

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