Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

EFFECTIVE (November 16, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check this webpage again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.


Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Old Town San Diego State Historic Park:

What is open now?
  • The following exhibit and museum areas are open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
    • La Casa de Estudillo gardens and veranda-visitors can view many of the rooms from the veranda and walk through the gardens of this historic adobe.
    • La Casa de Machado y Stewart Historic House Museum garden areas, with a video tour of the museum interior available online
    • Seeley Yard, with access to the Blacksmith and Woodworking Shops in Blackhawk Livery Stable and the Donkey Corrals
    • The Robinson-Rose Visitor Information Center porch, with a staff member available to answer inquiries about what amenities are currently open and other visitor questions
    • The San Diego Union Building
    • These areas will require face coverings and safe, physical distancing to remain in effect
  • Most restaurants and all retail stores. Many are open with changed hours or days. For more information about a particular store or restaurant, please contact them directly.
  • Full parking is now available to the public.
  • Selected park restrooms are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is currently closed?
  • The Visitor Center building and museum interiors.
  • Cygnet Theatre.
  • The Cosmopolitan Restaurant is closed, but the Hotel is open.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Old Town San Diego SHP. It is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing, use face coverings, and avoid congregating with people outside of their immediate household.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(619) 220-5422

Park Hours

Visitor Center & Museums
October-April: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

May-September: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Park Restrooms Open 10am-Dusk; Concession Restrooms may be open longer.

Museums are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years Day.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in outdoor areas like the plaza. Dogs not allowed inside museums or buildings.

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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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

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.

Free Parking Lots near Old Town San Diego State Historic Park:
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Old Town San Diego, CA Latitude/Longitude: 32.7542 / -117.1961

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