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San Diego Harbor

San Diego Harbor

star-4.5
658 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in San Diego

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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-5
Great fun!
npierce66, Jul 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Captain Dave was amazing. The boats were great and fast. the sites we saw were very cool. Would totally recommend this to anyone visiting San Diego.
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Amazing Sailing Day
Sujatha_M, Jul 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
Amazing. So much fun. Crew took great care of us. Will absolutely do again. Very fun for our 7 year old.
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Wonderful day
Catherine_W, Jul 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
What a wonderful day! The crew was so friendly and we loved that we got to help with sailing. Our boys are still talking about how great it was! Also included is all the pictures they take. They send a link and you can download. No hidden fees. Highly recommend this trip
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AWESOME CRUISE
Dycie_G, Jul 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
This was an awesome experience, I took my Boyfriend for his birthday. He really enjoyed his self and I did too. The food was amazing. The atmosphere was the best. The Dj played music for everyone. We also took some great pictures. We will be back….
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Baecation
Vanessa_P, Jul 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Highly recommend this fun tour! Captain Dave was fun and made the tour a blast. If you’re in San Diego, go on this tour! You won’t be disappointed!
star-5
Awesome experience
LaTamera_C, Jul 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
The DJ was amazing. The good was very good and the overall experience was a true pleasure. I'm glad that we chose this dinner cruise for my husband's 50th birthday.
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Speed Boat Meister
Jason, Jul 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Loved all of it, our captain was great and the ride was super fun. Definitely an awesome experience. Thanks
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Views & Food were excellent!
Katherine_W, Jul 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
Views and food were excellent. Had a window view for dinner and our server was great! Trip was right amount of time.
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Family fun, hands on
Tonya_C, Jul 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
We went as a family with a 15 and 18 year old. Everyone worked the winches and had a turn at the helm. The crew was knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. The history of yacht racing and the yacht we went on was interesting and gave you a better appreciation of the experience. A bonus on the day we went was an aircraft carrier leaving the harbor with a full load of planes on deck!
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Experience
William_J, Jul 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Great experience and would recommend doing this adventurous activity. The captain was funny and exciting. Definitely will do it again.
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Do this tour!
Steve_M, Jul 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Had a blast. David, our guide, was very attentive and provided some great comic relief. Great afternoon thrill ride on the bay.

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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