January is a perfect time of year to explore America’s Finest City as the average high temperature that month is a very comfortable 65 degrees. One of the community’s most interesting attractions is Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, which is conveniently located next to Old Town Transit Center, a transportation station served by Amtrak and San Diego Trolley.
This place, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of California’s most visited state parks. It is where San Diego was first settled by Europeans in 1769.
If you will be in San Diego on Jan. 18, consider attending the Blessing of the Animals. Plenty of animal-themed events will entertain you and your loved ones on this day. Visitors to the park then are also encouraged to bring their pets to be blessed by a San Diego-based Catholic priest.
Jan. 24 is Old Town Mormon Battalion Commemoration Day as the anniversary of the Mormon Battalion’s arrival in this seaside city on Jan. 29, 1847, will be celebrated then. The group had spent several months marching nearly 2,000 miles from Iowa. After arriving, the Mormon Battalion contributed to the local community in a number of ways.
Games, entertainment, photos and displays from the 1840s will be featured at the event, and tours of the museum will be available. If you will visit Old Town San Diego at a different time, note that the San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site is open and tours are offered seven days a week.
In fact, there is plenty to see no matter when in January you plan to visit as Old Town San Diego is home to 23 historic sites and 13 museums.
Presidio Park is the site of the first San Diego Mission, which opened on Jan. 1, 1774, before later being moved a few miles east to its current location.
The Colorado House is home to the Wells Fargo Museum, which features a historically recreated agent’s office to show what it would have looked like in 1860.
The history of the city’s sheriff’s department is celebrated at the San Diego Sheriff’s Museum. The McCoy House was built in 1869 to house the state’s first sheriff.
The Whaley House is said to be haunted, and the ghost hunting tours offered here are memorable. Note that there is a $50 charge for this event, which takes place from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.
If you would like to relax and ride around Old Town San Diego, take advantage of the Old Town Trolley Tours, which take two hours and allow you to get on and off as often as you would like. This costs about $35.
Additionally, park aides regularly lead informative tours of the state park free of charge.
A popular artisan farmers market also takes place at Old Town San Diego every Saturday, and a fascinating model railroad depot will surely entertain train lovers. Plenty of quality places to shop and get a bite to eat are here as well.
Old Town San Diego is a great place to find out more about the fascinating history of this beautiful city, and there is no better time of year to do so than on a sunny January afternoon, so make sure to make your plans to visit it today.
Note that most of its attractions can be accessed free of charge.