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San Diego Harbor

San Diego Harbor

star-4.5
619 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

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-5
Had an awesome time!
Genaro_v, Jun 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
Very professional and friendly. They really show their interest in your enjoyment of your time there.
star-4
Great Overall Experience
Anonymous, Jun 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
Captain Dave really did a nice job leading all of us on our boating adventure. We had a blast and would do this again!
star-5
Super
Ann_R, Jun 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
Food was excellent and service excellent too. My only complaint would be parking is awful and handicapped ramp is very steep hard to get up it with my walker.
star-5
Great Day
COACHK, May 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
The guide was really knowledgable and made sure we all where safe, due to it being a busy day in the harbor. I would diffenantly do it again and suggest it to others.
star-5
Wonderful, romantic evening!
Dennis_B, Jun 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
Great food, wonderful accommodations, gracious service, beautiful cruise. 5 stars!!! Being on the water and viewing the skyline of San Diego at night was amazing!!!
star-5
Hands on sailing experience
Ryan_F, May 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
Definitely recommend this trip to anybody visiting San Diego! Hands on sailing experience! Captain and crew mates were super personable and knowledgeable of area and made the experience GREAT.
star-5
Great experience
Anne_O, Jun 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
It was a fun experience for all of us cruising around the bay and seeing the well-lit Coronado Hotel and bridge at night and we truly enjoyed their delectable dishes on the Menu. People are courteous, nice and accommodating. Kudos to the Captain for the smooth sailing and for bringing us all back together in one piece. I highly recommend👌🏻
star-5
No better way to spend an afternoon in San Diego!
Derik_A, Mar 2021
America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in San Diego. Our family of 5 had a wonderful experience sailing aboard the grand Il Moro. Everyone got a chance to participate and even play captain. The crew was very thoughtful and informative and my kids (9, 11 and 13) had a blast learning about the America's Cup and sailing basics. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone who enjoys the open waters all while taking in the beautiful San Diego Bay scenery.
star-4
Definitely recommend.
Jessica-1, Jun 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
Amazing experience! The staff was great and the food was really good too. We went here not knowing what to expect and it exceeded our expectations by far!
star-4
Awesome experience!
Candace_T, May 2021
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
All of it! Speeding by sea lions and under a Naval ship was incredible! Great tour guide, super informative and helpful!
star-5
Birthday dinner cruise
Shelley_O, Jun 2021
San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise
The pictures that the photographer had taken were beautiful. The food choices could have been a little better. Over all, I had a good time and enjoyed my birthday dinner cruise. I would definitely do it again

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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