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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Contact Information

(619) 220-5422

Park Hours

Visitor Center & Museums
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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

Winter in Old Town San Diego

The weather has turned cold and Old Town San Diego has lots of fun things to do. Every weekend from November 26th through December 17th the park will be festively decorated for the holiday season and will be celebrating our Holiday in the Park. There will be bonfires on the 3rd, 10th and 17th of December that will last from dusk until 9 PM. On the 10th of December, enjoy the Park Merchants' Open House, featuring a tree lighting ceremony at around 5 PM, caroling, and other fun activites going on throughout the park. The shops in the park will also be open until 9 PM so you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Then, on December 11th, Old Town San Diego's annual Las Posadas celebration will take place. Based on the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph, this event has been part of Old Town San Diego's celebration of Christmas for many years. The procession will start at 5:00 PM.

For information about the choir performances going on during Holiday in the park, click here.

To keep up to date with what is happening in the park during the holiday season, go to the Holiday in the Park Facebook page at

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park now has a new tour, True Stories of Old Town! 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, 1:00 PM, 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.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is now operating on our Fall and Winter hours. The museums now close at 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday. The museums are still open until 5:00 PM Friday through Sunday. 

Click here to see the 2016 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.

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.


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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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