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Embarcadero Tours and Activities

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Embarcadero
San Diego's Embarcadero sits on the east side of San Diego Bay, and its waterfront promenades stretch along Harbor Drive—perfect for a leisurely stroll with many sightseeing opportunities and unobstructed views of Coronado Bridge. Its attractions include the Maritime Museum, USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village, and Embarcadero Marina Park.
 
The Basics
Fans of historic maritime vessels will enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum, the highlight of which is the Star of India, and the USS Midway Museum. Seaport Village is a must-visit for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Embarcadero Marina Park, with its public fishing pier and open-air amphitheater, lies to the south.
 
The Embarcadero is included in most San Diego sightseeing tours—on foot and via Segway. There’s also a popular amphibious water and land “duck” tour to consider. Set aside some time to visit the museums.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • See the Embarcadero as part of a small-group or private city tour or harbor cruise.
  • A must-do for families with kids and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, especially if you’re visiting the museums.
  • Bring a hat or sunglasses, as there’s little shade along the waterfront.
  • Parking is plentiful throughout the area.

How to Get There
The Embarcadero is in Downtown San Diego and is easily accessible via car, bus, and San Diego Trolley. Most visitors arrive as part of a guided tour of San Diego. For easy transportation to and from the museums and attractions, hop on the Waterfront Shuttle, which stops along Harbor Drive and runs seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
 
When to Get There
Thanks to Southern California’s amazing year-round weather, any time is a good time to visit. The Embarcadero is busiest in summer; during this time, plan to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and avoid traffic. Other times of the year are less crowded.
 
San Diego’s Seaport Village
South of the Midway, Seaport Village is a waterfront shopping and dining destination with novelty shops, casual eateries, fine dining restaurants, a historic carousel, and outdoor entertainment. With walkways that connect to Downtown San Diego, plenty of parking, and convenient public transport stops, it’s a great place to begin or end your visit.
Address: East Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, USA
Admission: Free
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Embarcadero

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San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego Seal Tour

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Take in the highlights of San Diego Bay during a sightseeing tour by amphibious vehicle. Travel on both land and water like a ‘duck tour,’ starting on the streets of Seaport Village and rolling down Harbor Drive alongside San Diego Bay. Transition into the water after departing Seaport Village. Cruise past the SeaWorld and Vacation Isle, experiencing the best of maritime San Diego on this fun and informative tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The San Diego Highlights Tour

The San Diego Highlights Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
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  • 7 hours
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San Diego Tour

San Diego Tour

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With year-round perfect weather, beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and top-notch cultural attractions, San Diego embodies the best of Southern California. Discover its many delights on a morning tour that takes you through this city's most charming areas, from the leafy promenades and fountains of Balboa Park to the legendary Hotel del Coronado and historic urban streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. Skip the stress of driving and let a local guide show you around town, making several stops to soak up the sunny ambiance and do some California dreamin’ of your own.
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  • 3 hours
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Private 2 Hour Day Sail

Private 2 Hour Day Sail

Sail the magnificent San Diego Bay on this private cruise aboard a restored 1934 sailboat. A personalized alternative to crowded group outings, the cruise can be tailored to you; help sail the boat, or just relax on deck enjoying included drinks and snacks. With service from a captain and two crew members, you’ll cruise past San Diego landmarks from the Coronado Bridge to the Embarcadero.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
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  • 3 hours
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Private San Diego Segway Fanatic Tour

Private San Diego Segway Fanatic Tour

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Explore San Diego on a private Segway tour, providing the ability to cover more ground than a walking tour but still enjoy the fresh Southern California air. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise along the San Diego Embarcadero, and see interesting sights along the waterfront. Check out areas like Little Italy and Balboa Park, and glide through the popular Gaslamp Quarter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Instagrammable San Diego – The City Essentials

Instagrammable San Diego – The City Essentials

This fun and fast moving photo tour is perfect if you want you to snap away at the best iconic photo ops all over San Diego-land. You will make many quick stops to take plenty of jaw-dropping photos that will make your friends envious. Your private expert tour guide Julie will whisk you all over the area for a wonderful overview and so much photo variety. And your photographer tour guide will give you photo tips and show you how to get the iconic shots everybody wishes they had. As you tour along, you will learn about each location – the history, culture, and what makes it unique. And if you get tired of doing selfies, she will take some photos of you along the way too.
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  • 4 hours
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