Visitor Center & Select Museums: 10AM-5PM
Museums are closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.
This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.
Esta es la tierra ancestral de las Primeras Personas, los Kumeyaay.
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.
This park is on the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay, whose story is shared in the outdoor exhibit Iiapy ~ Tipai Kumeyaay Mut Niihepok (Land of the First People). 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 California gained statehood after the Mexican American War. Through museum exhibitions, restored historic buildings, living history demonstrations and special events, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers visitors a glimpse at the converging cultures that transformed San Diego from a Kumeyaay village to a Mexican pueblo to an American Settlement.
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 and 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.
Free Parking Lots near Old Town San Diego State Historic Park:
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Old Town San Diego, CA Latitude/Longitude: 32.7542 / -117.1961
The Caltrans parking lot is open to the public after 5:00 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.