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Organization Title

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Phone Number

(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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Fall Festivities

Join Old Town San Diego State Historic Park as we celebrate the fall with lots of fun activities.

Día de los Muertos
November 1st and 2nd (Thursday-Friday)
Traditional and comtemporary Día de los Muertos altars will be set up throughout the park and greater Old Town community for visitors to enjoy. In various museums in the park, there will also be altars commemorating the people who lived and worked in Old Town during the 1800s. Free altar tours will be given at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm both days and there will be a chalk graveyard for people to write remembrances of loved ones. 

La Casa de Estudillo is now open to the public! Come see the new renovations, including the ability to walk through some of the rooms of this original adobe building.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park offers free walking tours every day at 11 AM and 2 PM. Inquire for more information at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Information Center.

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

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is now operating on our winter hours! Our museums are open from 10 AM until 4 PM Monday through Thursday and 5 PM Friday through Sunday. 

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.


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