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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Phone Number

(619) 220-5422

Park Hours

Visitor Center & Museums
October-April:
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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.


Summer in Full Swing!

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park come to life throughout summer with lots of fun activities and events for the whole family.

Stagecoach Days: Women of the West
Saturday, July 28th - 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Women played an important part in the development of the West. The contribution of women on the settlement of the West will be shown through activities and demonstrations. One of the highlights of the day will be the annual Quilt Walk throughout the park, featuring antique quilts.

Trades That Shaped Westward Expansion
Saturday, August 4th - 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
As towns developed in the West, so did the need for specialized trades and artisans. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will present 19th century trades that helped shape the community of San Diego. Come watch blacksmiths, woodworkers, wheelwrights, and more ply their trades and try to decide what job you would have had in the 1800s.

Days of the Vaquero
Saturday, August 11th - 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Vaqueros were the first cowboys in California. They were highly skilled equestrians and cattle herders who were an integral part of the early cattle trade in California. This day we will celebrate their horsemanship techniques and other aspects of Californio culture.

TwainFest
Saturday, August 18th - 11:00am-4:30 pm
This wildly popular festival is the end of Stagecoach Days and celebrates literacy and the literary works of Mark Twain and other 19th century authors. Excerpt from famous works will be depicted by costumed San Diego actors at a variety of park venues throughout the day.

This summer we will be having our annual Fourth of July celebration, as well as our popular Stagecoach Days events. For more information, CLICK HERE for the Independence Day event press release or CLICK HERE for the Stagecoach Days press release.

We are hiring! If you are interested in a job with California State Parks, CLICK HERE for information on this opportunity.

La Casa de Estudillo will be closed until Monday, May 14th for ADA renovations. In the following weeks, various rooms of the Casa de Estudillo may be closed periodically for exhibit renovation. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is now operating on our summer hours! Our museums are open until 5 PM every day. 

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 all. The tours are at 11:30 am Monday through Thursday, and 11:30 am & 2:00 pm Friday through Sunday. To book your tour, go to the Trusted Tours website or call 1-800-844-7601. A free 15 minute park orientation "chat" is also available daily at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at the Seeley Museum.

Click here to see the 2018 Special Event Calendar.

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.

Location-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.

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

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Lodging
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Food Service
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available