Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Phone Number

(619) 220-5422

Park Hours

Visitor Center & Museums
October-April:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday-Thursday;
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday-Sunday.

May-September: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The McCoy House Museum may be closed Mon.-Thur. 

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

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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Lodging
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Food Service
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Summertime!

Summer is the best time to come see Old Town San Diego; the sun, long days, and lots of events. Event season is nearly upon us and you don't want to miss it!

San Diego Day
Saturday, July 13th; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Come celebrate 250 years of diverse culture in San Diego. This fun-filled day will have information about the many cultures that have contributed to make San Diego what it is today. There will also be games, children's crafts, and much more for the whole family.

Stagecoach Days: Women of the West
Saturday, July 27th; 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Women played an important role in the development of the West. Their contributions and skills will be shown through living history activities and demonstrations with special emphasis on quilting, spinning, cooking, and basket making.

Please view this press release for information about Old Town San Diego State Historic Park's upcoming summer events.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers free walking tours every day at 11 AM and 2 PM. Inquire for more information at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Information Center.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, San Diego Committee, in conjunction with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, have received the Lamar Award for Excellence from the Colonial Dames of America's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. for their collaboration on the new exhibits in the Casa de Estudillo. To see more about this honor, please click here.

We are hiring! If you are interested in a job with California State Parks, CLICK HERE for information on this opportunity.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is now operating on our summer hours! Our museums are open from 10 AM until 5 PM all week long. 

Click here for the 2019 Special Events Calendar.

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

Having problems finding parking? The Caltrans parking lot is open to the public after 5 pm during the week and all day on the weekends. Just in case you need a helping hand finding the lot, here is a map to help.

CalTrans Lot Map

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.

Location-Directions

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

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