Visitor Center & Museums
October-April: 10:00 AM -4:00 PM, Monday-Thursday;
5:00 PM Friday-Sunday.
Due to Service Reductions, one of five staffed museums may be closed during weekdays.
10:00-5:00 PM, May-September
If you desire to visit museums after hours, call to confirm. Museums are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Visitor Center & Museums
Driving Directions to Old Town San Diego SHP
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are not available for this park.
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Holiday Happenings in Old Town
So our staff may take time off, the State Museums are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.
Holiday in the Park: Saturday, December 13th: 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Make seasonal crafts, tour the park by wagon, listen to holiday carolers, and much more! Support local businesses and find unique gifts with extended shopping hours in the park.
Las Posadas: Sunday, December 14th
The 64th annual reenactment of the centuries-old Mexican celebration of Mary & Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
Musical Entertainment: 2:30-4:30 PM
Las Posadas Procession: 5:00-6:00 PM
Piñata After-Party: 6:00 PM
Special Event Calendar 2014
We're looking forward to full and festive year; click here to see this year's list of activities!
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
Available Activities and Facilities at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Drinking Water Available