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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.

Winter Wonderland

Join Old Town San Diego State Historic Park as we enjoy the winter season and get ready to ring in the new year!

Las Posadas: An Old Town Celebration
December 15th – 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fiesta de Reyes invites you to enjoy a day filled with holiday spirit, brought to you by festive decorations, entertainment, and holiday experiences for the whole family. At 5:00 pm the traditional Las Poasdas procession will begin. Following the procession, there will be a piñata for children. At the end of the celebrations there will be a campfire with s'mores. For more information, please call 619-297-3100.

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, San Diego Committee, in conjunction with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, have received the Lamar Award for Excellence from the Colonial Dames of America's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. for their collaboration on the new exhibits in the Casa de Estudillo. To see more about this honor, please click here.

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

Additional Visitor Services
  • Old Town Family Hospitality Corp. (Mexican Commercial Corner, Cosmopolitan, Barra Barra)
  • Toby's Candle Company ( Sessions Bldg. retail shop)
  • Raymond C. Tafoya dba San Diego House (Historic Retail Store)
  • Tinsmith Old Town, Inc. (US House Tin Ware Sales)
  • Antionette Fisher and Jonathon Beery (Proper Apthecary Retail)
  • Artisan Imports, Inc. (El Centro Artesano)
  • Heritage Tours (Guided Tours)
  • Toler, Inc. (Johnson House historic retail)
  • First San Diego Courthouse, Inc. (Bean Courthouse Building)
  • San Diego Historical Days (School House Museum)
  • Toler, Inc. (Johnson House historic retail)
  • LAZ Parking California, LLC (Parking lot management)

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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