Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (June 1, 2021)

What is open now?

  • Several outdoor areas in the park will be staffed and open to the public. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, interpretive staff will be stationed on the porch of the Robinson-Rose Visitor Center, in the Seeley Yard at the Blacksmith Shop and Donkey Corral, and La Casa de Estudillo.    La Casa de Machado y Stewart Garden and the Historic Carriage Exhibits are also open to the public on these days.
  • The San Diego Union Building and Threads of the Past may also be open for viewing by the public on select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Visitors can walk around the park and view the exteriors of additional exhibit and museum areas. Easy to scan QR codes linking to videos, immersive views of museum interiors, and other interpretive material are posted around the park.
  • Most retail stores and restaurants. Many are open with changed hours or days. For more information about a particular store, please contact them directly.
  • The Cosmopolitan Hotel is open for limited days.
  • Full parking is now available to the public.
  • Park restrooms are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What is currently closed?

  • The Visitor Center building and museum interiors.
  • Cygnet Theatre.

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

Land Acknowledgement

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.
Esta es la tierra ancestral de las Primeras Personas, los Kumeyaay.

Park Videos

To watch full videos, please press the full screen button after pressing play.

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

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

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