Old Town San Diego

My friend, Kaila, is from Washington but has been in California for about a year. Even though she’s been here for a year, she hasn’t seen much of California. So before going back to Washington, we decided to act like tourists and explore some areas of San Diego!

First we went to Old Town. We walked around Old Town Square, which is where all the older buildings are, like the courthouse, Wells Fargo, and a hotel. Old Town is now a state park and it’s been preserved pretty well. The buildings have maintained their traditional flair with some updates.

Next we went to the haunted Whaley House! This has been Kaila’s number one thing she’s wanted to see. The Whaley House is supposedly one of the most haunted places in America. It’s now a museum and they do haunted tours at night if you’re interested! Inside, the courtroom, general store, and theatre are updated with items to show what they once looked like. However, the parlor room and study downstairs have all originally furniture and items, which is why people claim to see the Whaley’s in these rooms. Kaila also said the jury box in the courtroom is one of the more haunted areas in the House.

The backyard has beautiful brick paths and flowers. I think they’ve updated the garden since the last time I came because I remember there being more brick and flowers. My sister had an encounter with a spirit in the backyard when she visited years ago. While we were taking pictures of the backyard and the Derby House, which has been relocated to SD from Massachusetts, Amelia started to whine. At first we thought it was because she was hungry, but when she didn’t want her bottle, we started to wonder if it was because she sensed the spirits.

After the Whaley House we walked over to the Heritage Park Victorian Houses. These houses, y’all! Major heart eyes! I am a sucker for Victorian architecture, just ask my dad! I’ve driven past these homes several times but have never been up close to them. They are stunning!! The only downside is they’re on a hill and we were not prepared for that hill, haha. There are seven houses and a church. I believe they’ve all been relocated to their current position. You cannot go inside the houses but you can go inside the church and one of the houses is a tea house!

Finally we were ready for lunch! We headed downtown to go to the Fish Market because Kaila wanted to see the kissing couple statue next to the USS Midway. We had a delicious lunch overlooking the bay and Coronado! On our way out of the city, we drove past Seaport Village (my moms favorite), the convention center (home of the SD Comic Con), and Petco Park (home of the SD Padres)!

Overall, we had a really fun day and I think Kaila enjoyed seeing all the cool things in San Diego! Next time I’ll remember to bring our picnic blanket so Amelia can play on the grass at Heritage Park!

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