Junípero Serra Museum
Located in one of the most important historical buildings in the city, this small but interesting collection of artifacts and pictures...
Presidio Hills Golf Course
Casa de Carillo
Just north of Old Town, this house dates from about 1820 and is said to be the oldest house in San Diego. It is now the pro shop for the...
Old Town Saloon
This one’s for the locals, so be cool. Swill a Bud Light, and play pool at one of four tables.
Every night, party people on a budget crowd into raucous Fred’s, especially on bargain ‘Taco-licious Tuesday.’ The...
Presidio Hill information
In 1769 Padre Junípero Serra and Gaspar de Portolá established the first Spanish settlement in California overlooking the valley of the San Diego River. Walk up from Old Town along Mason St for excellent views of San Diego Bay and Mission Valley. Atop the hill, Presidio Park has several walking trails and shaded benches. A large cross, made with tiles from the original mission, commemorates Padre Serra.
A flagpole, a cannon, some plaques and earth walls now form the Fort Stockton Memorial , commemorating the fort built when American forces occupied the hill in 1846 during the Mexican-American War. The nearby El Charro Statue , a bicentennial gift to the city from Mexico, depicts a Mexican cowboy on horseback. Nothing remains of the original Presidio structures, and the mission was moved up river.