Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

UPDATE (May 29, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working 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, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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

What is open now?
Some restaurants, Casa de Reyes@FiestadeReyes and Casa de Maria at Wallach and Goldman Square, and retail stores have opened with increased sanitation procedures and safe, physical distancing measures. We are proud of our State Park concessions for creating a safe environment for our guests to enjoy a historic and festive experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Increasing access does not mean things are going back to normal. Visitors should expect a different state park experience than they are used to.

The following is open at the park:
  • Limited parking is now available to the public.
  • Park restrooms are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

At this park
  • The Visitor Center and museums are closed.

  • Campgrounds.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • 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, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered, A face covering is required while in any establishment. When enjoying the grounds, please be sure to wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others.

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. For more information, 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?

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.

Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Food Service
Camp Store
Drinking Water Available

Fiestas Patrias at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

BOOT Receives COVID-19 Grant from Parks California

The Boosters of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park (BOOT), our park’s Cooperating Association, applied for and received a grant of $300 from Parks California to address safety issues related to COVID-19. The grant is to support the reopening and safe operations of California State Park visitor centers, bookstores, museums, and gift shops that are operated by Cooperating Associations as soon as it is safe to begin reopening. BOOT will use the grant funds to purchase signs, hand sanitizer, and barriers for the park store in the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center when it is ready to reopen. Parks California is the new statewide nonprofit partner supporting California State Parks. Thank you, Parks California!

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.

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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