Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

UPDATE (March 31, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access. The park remains open for locals who wish to walk, hike and bike (in parks with bike trails) in the park, provided they practice social/physical distancing of 6 feet or more. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.

In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
  • Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
  • Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
  • Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
  • Cancelled all events.

A list of closures is available online at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve. The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.

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

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.

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

In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, California State Parks is temporarily closing the visitor center and museums and temporarily suspending all guided tours at Old Town SDSHP. While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to being responsive and following California Governor’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The park will remain open for other activities such as shopping (limited) and enjoying the outdoor plaza. We recognize the importance of visiting Old Town SDSHP represents an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air with family and friends and escape from our daily routines. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your visit. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our park webpage https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=663and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/oldtownsandiego/.

Museums Closed

This is a temporary precautionary measure under the direction of the Governor of California.

 

Winter Weather, No Problem!

Winter weather can get people down, but Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is always a good choice.

La Casa de Estudillo will be closed until further notice due to maintenace. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park's free walking tours are temporarily unavailable as a precautionary measure.

Click here for the 2020 Special Events 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.

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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