Visitor Center & Museums
10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Monday-Thursday;
5:00 PM Friday-Sunday.
May-September: 10:00-5:00 PM
Park Restrooms Open 10am-Dusk; Concession Restrooms may be open longer.
Due to Service Reductions, one of five staffed museums may be closed during weekdays.
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
Park Holiday Happenings!
Holiday in the Park: Saturdays, December 5th-26th
Special Holiday Open House: December 12th
65th Annual Las Posadas: December 13th.
For more information, click here to visit our Special Events page!
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.
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
Available Activities and Facilities at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Exhibits and Programs
Drinking Water Available