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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Contact Information

(619) 220-5422

Park Hours

Visitor Center & Museums
May-September: 10:00-5:00 PM

10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Monday-Thursday;
5:00 PM Friday-Sunday.

Park Restrooms Open 10am-Dusk; Concession Restrooms may be open longer.

Due to Service Reductions, the McCoy House Museum may be closed Mon.-Thur.

If you desire to visit museums after hours, call to confirm. Museums are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.

Driving Directions to Old Town San Diego SHP

The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

Summer Fun in the Park

Stagecoach Days Saturdays in July and August

Taste of the Past: Saturday July 30th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
Learn about early San Diego through the foods they ate, both local and exotic. See people cooking over an open fire and try historic dishes at restaurants throughout the park.

Trades That Shaped the West: Saturday August 6th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
See our blacksmiths, printers, woodworkers, and more to help you decide what job you would have chosen in the 1800s.

Days of the Vaqueros: Saturday August 13th, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
See vaqueros — the original cowboys — ride, rope, and talk of life on the ranchos.

We are now operating on our extended summer hours through September and we are getting ready for all our summer fun and excitement! Click here to see the 2016 Special Event Calendar to see all of the exciting events we have in store this summer!

For more information, click here to visit our Special Events page!

Park Information

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past.

Learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. San Diego became California's first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established here in 1769. Later, it passed into the hands of the newly made Mexican government before gaining statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War.

The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period are complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which include museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants. The Historic Plaza remains a special place for gatherings and historic activities. Visitors can also experience a working blacksmith shop, enjoy music, see or touch the park's burros, and engage in activities that represent early San Diego.


The park is located on San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street in San Diego, and is conveniently adjacent to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS Bus service.

Parking Map
A map of all the parking in and around Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Old Town San Diego, CA Latitude/Longitude: 32.7542 / -117.1961

Available Activities and Facilities at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Food Service
Camp Store
Drinking Water Available