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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Park Information

Contact Information

(619) 220-5422

Park Hours

Visitor Center & Museums
10:00-4:00 PM, October-April
10:00-5:00 PM, May-September

If you desire to visit museums after hours, call to confirm. Museums are closed Thanksgiving & Christmas. Limited museums are open on 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.

Harvest Happenings in Old Town
Fall Festival: Saturday, October 25th: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Harvest time has come to Old Town! Make seasonal crafts, play historic games, attend a historic dance, and much more!
Halloween: Friday, October 31st: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Let Old Town satisfy your sweet tooth this Halloween. Enjoy trick-or-treating, special holiday treats & activities, and extended shopping hours at all the stores in the park.

Día de los Muertos: Saturday & Sunday, November 1-2
Take a tour of the historic and modern Día de los Muertos altars around the park or you could honor a loved one by drawing a chalk gravestone on San Diego Avenue. Click here for more information.

Special Event Calendar 2014
We're looking forward to full and festive year; click here to see this year's list of activities!

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.
Old Town San Diego, CA Latitude/Longitude: 32.7542 / -117.1961