Summertime in the Park!
Summer is on its way out, but we are still having fun in the sun.
Saturday, September 16th – 12:00-4:00
Celebrate a historic Mexican Independence Day with Old Town San Diego! Starting at noon with the ringing of the bell in La Casa de Estudillo, activities and fun will abound throughout the park. With piñatas, crafts, and living history demonstrations, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will bring an 1830-40s Mexican Independence Day to life.
Fiestas Patrias Press Release - CLICK HERE.
Saturday, October 14th – 12:00–4:00
Join us for free fall crafts & activities to celebrate the harvest season. Check back as we get closer for more details. (For more information, call 619-297-3100)
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is now operating on our Summer hours! The museums now close at 5:00 PM every day through September.
Come to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and take the True Stories of Old Town tour! Every corner of Old Town has a story to tell and this tour takes you around the park to learn them. They happen every day at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM and it only costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 17. Come to the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center and uncover all the interesting stories around Old Town. - TOURS ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE; however, come to the Seeley Museum at 11am or 2pm for a Free short orientation.
Click here to see the 2017 Special Event Calendar to see all of the exciting events we have in store this year!
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.
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.
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