The Mexican origins of San Diego are preserved at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The park is filled with adobe buildings, museums that showcase the frontier way of life, and great Mexican shopping and dining. The Fall Festival on October 8 adds to the things to do in Old Town San Diego with a crafts festival and activities for kids. There'll be live music all day.
Step Back in Time for Old-fashioned Fun
There are modern-day activities, like pumpkin carving and face painting, but kids can also have the chance to experience amusements from generations ago, like making their own corn husk dolls. Other craft activities will include making environmentally-friendly bird feeders from pinecones. Some shops will have craft activities going on inside, too. There'll also be pumpkin tossing and other games for kids.
Explore the Museums
The museums in Old Town also offer a taste of olden days. Don't miss the blacksmith demonstration. The carriage museum has both elegant surreys and precursors to today's giant double-trailer trucks. Kids will love petting the burros who live next door.
Fine Mexican Food and Crafts
You'll find great Mexican restaurants on the historic plaza, as well as the streets that surround the park. The shops in the park offer a great selection of Mexican crafts, including tiles, pottery and skeletal Day-of-the-Dead artifacts. The kids' favorite may be the old-fashioned candy shoppe.
Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld is just one mile from the Old Town State Historic Park. Why not get there via the Old Town Trolley Tour, which stops right outside the hotel? You can hop off at Old Town and then hop back on to explore the other great sights of San Diego before ending up back at the hotel.