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San Diego Harbor

San Diego Harbor

Free admission
3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, 92101

The Basics

One of West Coast's top natural harbors, the San Diego Harbor is also home to some of the city’s major attractions. Climb aboard the USS Midway Museum, one of the U.S. Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carriers, and stop by the Maritime Museum of San Diego to see historic vessels and nautical-themed exhibitions. Visit Seaport Village for its restaurants, boutiques, and live-music performances. Families shouldn't miss Waterfront Park, with fountains and children’s play areas.

To get the most out of your visit, prebook attraction tickets and plan to see the harbor from a boat tour, or sign up for a helicopter ride for one-of-a-kind aerial views. It's also easy to independently visit area sights.

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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
$79.90 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The best
The whole thing. Just being on the water in a boat. And the view of everything like the wild life. And the navy ships. It was soo worth it
Doug_H, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

star-5
Great food, romantic moments in a safe environment
Tom_K, Aug 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
It was a great experience. Food and drinks were great and felt safe in terms of COVID virus as well. We would love to come back again.
star-5
Great evening!
Laura_D, Apr 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
The staff was so personable and attentive. The food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The ship was very clean. My friends and I dressed up but was a little put off with another party wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts. The dress code said dressy or business casual. I think that needs to be enforced so it remains a classy night out on the bay. :)
star-4
Mucho Funo
Brian_H, Oct 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Mucho funo - great value - SD is a great place for boating n these little boats next to air craft carriers is exciting
star-4
Fun!
Victoria_C, Sep 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Seeing the view of the city from the water was a experience most people don’t get. Also boating right under that enormous naval ship, I felt very proud of our Naval men and women who served.
star-5
Excellent experience!
Paul_F, Sep 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
The trip was awesome! I had a great time. The staff was friendly and encouraging. The ship was leaning from time to time because the wind was blowing twice as hard as it usually does (According to one of the staff. Which I thought was a little extra cool). The day was beautiful, the sun was shining, and there's nothing like being on the ship with the wind blowing through your hair. Nothing but positives!
star-5
Loved It
Dana, Aug 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
The staff was so welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about sailing and about the general San Diego Bay area. Would definitely look into doing this again.
star-5
Wow I’ll do it again
Carlos_M, Sep 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Loved the experience the guide was amazing and friendly will do it again. Next time I am booking with my older kids
star-5
Day trippers
Mary_L, Sep 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
We travelled from LA to be there. Certainly worth the trip!! My college student son especially found it exciting as the all boats raced across the bay!!
star-5
Super Sailing Experience - Do it!
Richard_F, Aug 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
Starts with a great history lesson on the America’s Cup. Impressive teamwork needed to sail these boats. Being the fastest boat on the bay. Running the grinders for tacks and jibes.
star-4
Cool
Rodrico_J, Aug 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
The views were the best part of the experience. Beautiful city and good staff. Music could be better
star-5
The best tour and guide. Super fun!
Julie_K, Aug 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Tanner was awesome. Such a perfect personality for this tour. Responsible and hysterically funny. He was ten stars! Keep this guy he’s great. And I’ve traveled all around the world.
star-5
Spectacular!
JeanneK_C, Aug 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
This was a very fun excursion! The crew engaged everyone from 9 to 70 and there were smiles on every face. A big bonus ... photos to remember the trip!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Embarcadero Marina Parks offer multiple options to soak up the scenery. Venture to the North and South branches for bike paths, art installations, and seasonal events.

  • Come expecting crowds—the San Diego Harbor is host to major hotels and the San Diego Convention Center.

  • Seaport Village hosts free live music performances daily in its West Village Food Court and on Sunday in its East Village Gazebo.

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How to Get There

The San Diego Harbor is served by the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line. The Sante Fe Train Depot, which is served by Amtrak and San Diego Metro Coaster trains, is also nearby. Alternatively, the area can be reached by bus and is easy to access by car, bike, or on foot.

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When to Get There

There’s never a bad time of year to explore the attractions that line the San Diego Harbor. That said, as the area’s main attractions include museums, shops, and restaurants, it’s best to visit during normal opening hours. The area will be particularly crowded during the summer months.

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Coronado Island

Accessible from mainland San Diego via the Coronado Bridge or a quick trip from the Harbor by ferry (use the Fifth Avenue Landing), charming Coronado Island is one of the best places to go for a day-trip beach retreat. Head to Coronado Beach & Dog Park for unspoiled white sands and a relaxing ambiance.

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