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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

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(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.


Summertime in the Park!

Summer is here and that means that Stagecoach Days is in full swing!

Taste of the Past
Saturday, July 22nd – 12:00-4:00
Food is an important part of our culture. See how food was prepared, acquired, and celebrated. This Saturday will explore the foods, preparation, and dining experience of people in early San Diego.

Soldiers & Citizens
Saturday, July 29th – 12:00-4:00
The military has been part of San Diego since its inception. Following the Mexican–American War, the soldiers of many cultures had a large impact on life in San Diego. See historic uniforms, weapons, and hear the stories of these soldiers.

Trades that Shaped the West
Saturday, August 5th – 12:00-4:00
As towns developed in the West, so did the need for specialized trades and artisans. Old Town San Diego will present pivotal 19th century trades that helped shape the community of San Diego.

Press release: Stagecoach Days CLICK HERE.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is now operating on our Summer hours! The museums now close at 5:00 PM every day through September. 

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. They happen every day at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM and it only costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 17. Come to the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center and uncover all the interesting stories around Old Town. - TOURS ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE; however, come to the Seeley Museum at 11am or 2pm for a Free short orientation. 

Click here to see the 2017 Special Event Calendar to see all of the exciting events we have in store this year! 
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
 
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