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Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero) Open Daily: 9AM – 8PM (9PM during Summer) Cost: $16 ($8 for Kids ages 3-12 and $13 for Students, Military, and Seniors 62+). Parking Costs Extra. Features: Oldest Active Ship in the World; National Historic Landmarks; U.S. & Soviet Submarines; Nine Maritime Exhibitions, Ships used in the Movies Amistad […]

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San Diego Maritime Museum

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

Open Daily: 9AM – 8PM (9PM during Summer)

Cost: $16 ($8 for Kids ages 3-12 and $13 for Students, Military, and Seniors 62+). Parking Costs Extra.

Features: Oldest Active Ship in the World; National Historic Landmarks; U.S. & Soviet Submarines; Nine Maritime Exhibitions, Ships used in the Movies Amistad & Master and Commander; Sailing Adventures.

maritime-museum-entranceSan Diego Maritime Museum Highlights: You will be hard-pressed to find any other maritime museum that offers access to a better variety of historic ships.

What to Expect

  • Consider setting aside up to three hours to enjoy the Museum.
  • All of the exhibitions are on the historic ships. You will not find a building. Instead, look for information tents set-up in front of the historic boats to buy your tickets.

Historic Ships – The Museum is home to six historic ships and both an American and Soviet Submarine. You can climb aboard four of the ships and both Cold War era submarines to enjoy their exhibits. Two additional ships are used to take visitors on periodic sailing adventures.

The main attraction is the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. She has sailed around the world many times since 1863.

Another major attraction is the Berkeley, an 1898 steam ferryboat, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It spent most of its active life in the San Francisco Bay Area and helped to evacuate victims and bring in supplies after the major 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This is now the home for many of the permanent maritime exhibits.

If you saw Russell Crowe captain the HMS Surprise against the much larger French warship during the Napoleonic Wars in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, you will want to visit the HMS Surprise, which is on permanent display at the San Diego Maritime Museum. It still includes props used during filming of the movie.

The Medea is a 1904 Steam Yacht. It served in the French Navy during World War I and the British Navy during World War II. This is a smaller boat with a beautiful interior made of oak giving it a stately feel and an exterior made of teak.

The 145 foot Californian is a replica of a ship from 1847, which includes nine sails and four six-pound deck guns. You may recall the boat from Steven Spielberg’s movie Amistad. She is definitely a beauty to look at when at full sail and can be taken out for three-hour tours. (See admissions information below about riding the Californian.) You can only board the Californian on special occasions.

Another popular attraction is the American submarine, the USS Dolphin. It was the last of the Navy’s diesel-electric submarines and held the deepest dive record for 40 years and continues to hold the record for the deepest firing of a torpedo.

Read more about the historic ships at the Maritime Museum, as well as the Cold War Soviet submarine.star-of-india

Permanent Exhibitions – The five galleries of permanent exhibitions highlight the advances in maritime technology as well as display the rich history of ships ported in San Diego. You will learn about sailing in the early days on schedules that were determined by the whims of mother nature, which then gave way to the use of steam engines that allowed ships to depart and arrive on a set schedule. You will see a gallery on navigational tools used by sailors to chart the seas. The last two exhibitions will tell the story of how San Diego used to be the tuna capital of the world and then became the largest naval port on the Pacific Ocean.

Temporary Exhibitions – There are usually a couple temporary exhibitions at any one time held on one of the Historic Ships. They feature both items from the Maritime Museum’s collections and those of visiting exhibitions.

 

Sleepover on the World’s Oldest Active Ship – This is a big attraction for kids. Make their visit memorable with a one night pretend voyage as they help man the ship.

Food – There are a number of food options along the harbor front, including Anthony’s Fish Grotto next door and a Ruth Chris Steak House across the street.

Information on Visiting the San Diego Maritime Museum

Admission Prices: (Costs are Approximate)

  • Parking will range from $2 – $10 (See more parking information below.)
  • Entrance Fee is $16; ($8 for Kids ages 3-12).
  • $13 for Students, Seniors 62 and over and Active Military with I.D.
  • For a few more dollars, you can take a half-hour ride on a Historic 1914 Harbor Pilot Boat. The Discovery Package if offered daily but can be subject to availability.
  • You can also buy tickets that include a 4-hour ride on the State of California’s Official Tall Ship, the Californian. It is a 145 foot replica of an 1847 sailboat. You can check the sailing schedule and purchase Adventure Package tickets online.
  • Memberships are available. They provide a good deal for larger groups since they include guest passes.
  • You can also save money if you buy your tickets online.

Directions from Google Maps to 1492 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101. (About a quarter mile walk north of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum and accessible from a beautiful walkway along San Diego Harbor.)

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking near the Museum that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. Nearby parking lots generally charge a parking rate of $10 for 10 hours. It is easier to park in the lots and spend a good part of the day (if not the entire day) enjoying the waterfront attractions, restaurants, going for a walk, and enjoying the views.

maritime-museum-star-indiaTraffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. The San Diego Padres games usually start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway and Market Streets are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. The streets closest to the San Diego Bay attractions (including the Maritime Museum) are also two-way.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit - Both the Blue and Orange Trolley Lines move through Downtown San Diego and get you within four blocks of most attractions, including the Maritime Museum (Santa Fe Depot and America Plaza Stations). The AMTRAK and Coaster Station is also within a few blocks of the Museum. (See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.) Walking around Downtown San Diego is easy since it is flat with the exception of the northeast corner near Cortez Hill.

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Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero) Open Daily: Entrance Allowed 10AM – 4PM (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) Cost: $20 ($10 for Kids ages 6-12 and $17 for Seniors 62+). Parking Costs Extra. Features: USS Midway – Longest Serving Aircraft Carrier in U.S. Naval History; Over 40 Exhibits, including Fighter Planes; Simulator Rides San Diego Aircraft […]

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San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

Open Daily: Entrance Allowed 10AM – 4PM (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Cost: $20 ($10 for Kids ages 6-12 and $17 for Seniors 62+). Parking Costs Extra.

Features: USS Midway – Longest Serving Aircraft Carrier in U.S. Naval History; Over 40 Exhibits, including Fighter Planes; Simulator Rides

aircraft-carrier-city-viewSan Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum Highlights: Walk aboard the USS Midway, the U.S. Navy’s longest serving aircraft carrier in history. The USS Midway was the first ship commissioned after World War II. From its beginning in 1945, it went on to launch fighter jets that downed Russian MiGs during the Vietnam War and continued to serve the United States when it launched sorties during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Read more about the USS Midway, which was finally retired in 1992.

While on board, you can take a self-guided audio tour that relives the history of the ship’s service. The USS Midway was operated by a crew of 4,500 and was home to over 250,000 navy personnel during its active-duty lifetime. Included in the tour are two dozen restored Navy aircraft.

Visitors in the airplane hanger of an aircraft carrierWhat to Expect

  • Consider setting aside at least three hours to enjoy the museum. Many visitors stay for most of the day.
  • Weekends are busy so try visiting during the Weekdays so you can spend more time in tight, but popular, areas of the ship such as the Bridge and Flight Deck Control.
  • There are a number of stairs and ladders, so wear comfortable shoes. For those with disabilities, there are a few elevators and wheelchairs available. A Video Tour of exhibits not accessible by wheelchair is also available. You can find more helpful information online.
  • Children enjoying a visit to the aircraft carrier museum

  • Self-guided audio tours are included with admission. They explain the ships history, its various compartments, as well as the restored aircraft you will see on board. Here is a picture of the tour map to give you an idea of the size of the ship. Click on the image to enlarge and provide a better view. The map is numbered to take you in an orderly manner to see the exhibits on several decks (floors).
  • If it is cool outside, be sure to bring along a long sleeve shirt or light jacket (even in the summer some times) since it can be breezy on the Flight Deck of the USS Midway. Learn more about San Diego weather.
  • No Smoking is allowed in the Aircraft Carrier Museum.

aircraft-carrier-museumAircraft Exhibits – There are two dozen aircrafts, including planes, jets, and helicopters.

Flight Simulators – Learn what it is like to take off on a fighter jet from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, buckle in to fly with the Blue Angels, or take on a Russian MiG in a dog fight. The Aircraft Museum offers three flight simulators for the adventurous. Rides can last from as little as 3 minutes (for $6) to much longer (up to $50).

Stay Overnight on the USS Midway – The USS Midway hosts families on a USS Midway sleepover. You will get a behind the scenes tour, eat in the mess hall, and sleep in the bunks.

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Photo Courtesy of the USS Midway Museum

Food – There is a cafe on the USS Midway Museum. It offers sandwiches and salads. The outdoor seating area on the Hangar Deck faces towards Downtown San Diego. There are additional choices along the waterfront.

Information on Visiting the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum

Admission Prices: (Costs are Approximate)

  • Parking will range from $4 – $10 (See more parking information below.)
  • Standard Fee is $20; ($10 for Kids ages 6-12).
  • $17 for Seniors 62+ and $15 for Students.
  • $10 for Retired Military and Free for Active Military
  • Simulator Rides cost extra ranging from $6 – $50.
  • Memberships are available. They provide a good deal for families who want to visit more than once during the year.

Driving to the USS Midway Museum

Here are directions to the USS Midway Museum from Google Maps at 910 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101.

Traffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center for 9-5 jobs and thus there is limited rush hour traffic unless you are heading south on I-5 during the evening rush hour. Traffic can be moderately busy on Harbor Drive during the morning hours if a cruise ship has arrived at a pier near the Midway Museum. Learn how to get the latest traffic updates.

Parking – You can park on the Navy Pier, just outside the entrance to the Museum. It’s about $7 for 4 hours and $10 for 10 hours. There is also metered parking on nearby streets and in another parking lot just south of the Museum that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. From metered parking, you will have to walk at least 100 yards to reach the Museum entrance. Most visitors will plan on spending the full day visiting the Museum as well as enjoying waterfront attractions, restaurants, going for a walk, and taking in the harbor views.

Public Transit serving the USS Midway Museum

All San Diego Trolley lines drop passengers off about 1/3 mile from the USS Midway Museum. Get off at the Santa Fe Depot or America Plaza stops, walk west on Broadway to the harbor. Once you get to the harbor, you will see the USS Midway to your left. Learn more about using transit in San Diego.

Other Attractions near the USS Midway Museum

About a quarter mile walk north is the San Diego Maritime Museum. To the south are several veteran memorials, shopping venues, and convention area accessible from a beautiful walkway along San Diego Harbor.)

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Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero) Harbor Tours Start: 10AM – 4:15PM (5:30 PM during Summer). Cost: $20+ ($10+ for Kids ages 4-12 and $18+ for Seniors 55 and over) Features: Take a cruise on San Diego Harbor, the most beautiful harbor in America. Enjoy breathtaking views of the downtown San Diego Skyline while passing […]

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San Diego Harbor Cruises

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

Harbor Tours Start: 10AM – 4:15PM (5:30 PM during Summer).

Cost: $20+ ($10+ for Kids ages 4-12 and $18+ for Seniors 55 and over)

Features: Take a cruise on San Diego Harbor, the most beautiful harbor in America. Enjoy breathtaking views of the downtown San Diego Skyline while passing by Yachts, Sailboats, Naval Warships, and Seals. Whale-watching, Brunch and Dinner Cruises, and Yacht Charters also available.

harbor-cruiseSan Diego Harbor Cruise Highlights:

Hornblower Cruises and Flagship Cruises both operate from the Broadway Pier, which is in-between the San Diego Maritime Museum to the north and the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum to the south. All three attractions are accessible from a beautiful walkway along San Diego Harbor.)

Both companies offer one and two hour San Diego Bay tours. For one hour tours, you can choose to explore the North or South sides of the San Diego Bay, while the two hour tours include both. If you can only choose the one hour tour, here is some information to help you make a decision on whether to see the North or South side.
Downtown View from a Harbor Cruise

  • Both have a great view of the downtown skyline. However, the South Tours will take you around to see the full San Diego skyline, including the architecturally interesting San Diego Convention Center.
  • The South Tours provide a closer view of the Coronado Bridge, Hotel Del Coronado, Navy Ships at Naval Station San Diego, and Shipbuilding Operations.
  • The North Tours provide a closer view of sailboats and yachts heading in and out to the Pacific Ocean, military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Base, Cabrillo National Monument, and a better chance of spotting sea lions and other wildlife.

Navy boats and aircraft carriers seen from a Harbor CruiseBoth companies also offer Dinner Cruises, Sunday Brunch Cruises, Whale-Watching Cruises (December – March), and Chartered Yachts. Flagship Cruises also offers Nature Tours to Mexico’s uninhabited Coronado Islands.

What to Expect

  • Tours are narrated.
  • If it is cloudy outside, be sure to bring along a long sleeve shirt or light jacket (even in the summer some times) since it can be breezy out on the Bay. Learn more about San Diego weather.
  • You must bring a valid photo I.D. if you are at least 18 years of age.
  • View of Cruise Ships from a Harbor Tour

  • Harbor Cruises in San Diego provide great picture taking opportunities so don’t forget your camera.
  • Smoking is allowed on the outdoor decks of the boats but is rarely an issue for non-smokers since very few people smoke in San Diego.
  • Food – You can not bring food or drink on the Hornblower. However, you are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages on Flagship Cruises. The boats offer small cafes. You will also find a variety of restaurants within walking distance.

Information for Cruising on San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay Cruise Web Sites

Flagship Cruises (Formerly San Diego Harbor Excursion)

Hornblower Cruises

Admission Prices: (Costs are Approximate)

  • Parking will range from $2 – $10 (See more parking information below.)
  • 1 Hour Tours on the Flagship Cruises start at $20 (Adults), $18 (Seniors 55 and over), and $10 (Kids 4-12 years old)
  • 2 Hour Tours on the Flagship Cruises start at $25, $23, and $12.50 respectively.
  • Hornblower Cruises charges a couple dollars more for each age category. They also sell tickets for the San Diego Natural History Museum, Maritime Museum, and Aircraft Carrier Museum at $1 discounts and provide a free soda drink coupon for the boat tour as part of the Combo Package.

Directions

Both San Diego Bay tour companies launch from the Broadway Pier.

Flagship Cruises at 1050 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101.

Hornblower Cruises at 1066 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101.

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking near Broadway Pier that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. Nearby parking lots generally charge a parking rate of $10 for 10 hours. It is easier to park in the lots and spend a good part of the day (if not the entire day) enjoying the waterfront attractions, restaurants, going for a walk, and enjoying the views.

Traffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. The San Diego Padres games usually start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway and Market Streets are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. The streets closest to the San Diego Bay attractions (including the Broadway Pier) are also two-way.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit - Both the Blue and Orange Trolley Lines move through Downtown San Diego and get you within four blocks of most attractions, including the Harbor Cruises (Santa Fe Depot and America Plaza Stations). The AMTRAK and Coaster Station is also within a few blocks of the Harbor Cruises. (See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.) Walking around Downtown San Diego is easy since it is flat with the exception of the northeast corner near Cortez Hill.

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Location: Downtown San Diego (Between North & South Embarcaderos) Open Daily: 10AM – 9PM (10PM during Summer) Features: Great Area to Shop for Souvenirs and Unique Gifts, Enjoy the Views of San Diego Harbor, Eat, and People Watch; Ride an Antique Carousel or take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. Seaport Village Highlights: Seaport Village is in […]

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Seaport Village

Location: Downtown San Diego (Between North & South Embarcaderos)

Open Daily: 10AM – 9PM (10PM during Summer)

Features: Great Area to Shop for Souvenirs and Unique Gifts, Enjoy the Views of San Diego Harbor, Eat, and People Watch; Ride an Antique Carousel or take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

seaport-village-carouselSeaport Village Highlights: Seaport Village is in the middle of one of the more scenic walking trails you will ever enjoy. This is a good stopping point between the Museums on the North Embarcadero and the Convention Center and Resorts along the South Embarcadero. You will find a beautifully designed and landscaped area with 54 unique shops, 13 casual dining options, and 4 fine-dining restaurants. There are plenty of outdoor areas to sit, watch people, and enjoy viewing the boats sailing in San Diego Bay. You’ll see occasional entertainment in the shop squares, including live music and street performers. You can also take a ride on a restored antique carousel built in 1895. It is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and once entertained guests in Santa Monica (1950s) and Portland, OR (1980s). You can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Shops – Seaport Village is home to a very large selection of unique shops. You will find everything from kites and hot sauces to large crystal sculptures and art galleries.

Map of Seaport Village – It is fun to get lost in the maze of shops. However, if you are looking for something in particular, print out this map and directory from the Seaport Village web site.

Information on Visiting the Seaport Village

Directions from Google Maps to 849 West Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101. (Turn south on Kettner Boulevard to reach Seaport Village Parking.)

Parking – You will find parking lots on both your left and right when you reach the end of Kettner Boulevard. You will get three Hours of parking for $2 with validation. (Validation can be obtained from any store where you make a minimum purchase of $10.) Afterwards, it is about $2 for every 30 minutes. Without validation, it is $8 per hour. Many visitors also walk here from other attractions along San Diego Bay.

seaport-village-city-backgroundTraffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. The San Diego Padres games usually start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway and Market Streets are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. The streets closest to the San Diego Bay attractions (including Seaport Village) are also two-way.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit - The Orange Trolley Line offers a Seaport Village Trolley Stop. It is about 100 yards from the shops and restaurants. It is also easy to walk here from any of the attractions along Harbor Drive. (See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.)

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Locations: Downtown San Diego (Columbia District) & La Jolla (14 Miles North of Downtown) Open Daily: 11AM – 5PM (7PM on 3rd Thursdays of the Month); Closed Wednesdays Cost: $10 ($5 for Seniors & Military; Free for Ages 25 and Under) Features: World Class Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Films, Lectures, and Events. Contemporary Art Museum of […]

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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Locations: Downtown San Diego (Columbia District) & La Jolla (14 Miles North of Downtown)

Open Daily: 11AM – 5PM (7PM on 3rd Thursdays of the Month); Closed Wednesdays

Cost: $10 ($5 for Seniors & Military; Free for Ages 25 and Under)

Features: World Class Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Films, Lectures, and Events.

Contemporary Art Museum of San Diego Highlights: Art lovers have the opportunity to visit exhibitions in two well-respected, contemporary art museums. One is in Downtown San Diego and the other is in La Jolla. Both locations have been renovated and expanded in recent years to attract top-notch exhibitions.

What to Expect

  • Consider setting aside at least an hour to enjoy the Museum. However, contemporary artists often provide a new perspective on issues that makes you sit back and think a while, so you could end up staying much longer.
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  • Audio tours are available to take you on a guided tour of most exhibitions. Be sure to ask for the cell phone dial-in number for the recordings or borrow the iPods available at the front desk.
  • Guided Tours are provided at 2PM on Weekends and 6PM on 3rd Thursdays of the Month.
  • The Downtown location is in two buildings, which are across the street from one another.
  • The La Jolla location offers great views of the Pacific Ocean.

Contemporary Art Exhibitions – The Museum hosts exhibitions from around the world as well as creates exhibitions using its own extensive collections. There are usually two or three exhibitions at the same time and they usually last from four to six months. As you scroll down the list of exhibitions, be sure to note whether the exhibitions you are interested in are being hosted at the Downtown San Diego or the La Jolla location.

Upcoming Exhibitions – Get a sneak peak of upcoming contemporary art exhibitions.

Events & Lectures – Watch hard-to-find films at the La Jolla location or attend evening socials at the Downtown location. You will also find lectures on exhibitions and current topics.

Visit Both Museum Locations – You can visit both museum locations within a 7-day period with one admission. For travelers staying around downtown San Diego, you can take advantage of this offer by taking a Sightseeing Tour offered by TourGuideTim, which departs daily from the Santa Fe Train station in downtown San Diego, adjacent to the Contemporary Art Museum’s downtown location, and takes you on an expert guided tour to Mt. Soledad, La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines, and then drops guests off in La Jolla for free time, just a block away from the Contemporary Art Museum’s La Jolla location. Get more sightseeing tour details, check out the reviews from past guests, and book your tour today!

Admission Prices: (Costs are Approximate; Includes admission to both museum locations within a 7 day period)

  • Parking will range from $0 – $10 (See more parking information below.)
  • Standard Fee is $10
  • $5 for Seniors and Military
  • Free for those 25 Years Old and Younger
  • Free on the Thursday evenings of the Month from 5PM – 7PM

Information on Visiting the Contemporary Art Museum in Downtown San Diego

Directions from Google Maps to 1100 Kettner Boulevard in San Diego, CA 92101.

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking near the Museum that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. Nearby parking lots generally charge a parking rate of $10.

Traffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. The San Diego Padres games usually start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway and Market Streets are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. Kettner Boulevard is a one-way street.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit - Both the Blue and Orange Trolley Lines stop at the One America Plaza Station, which is right next to the Contemporary Art Museum. The AMTRAK and Coaster Station is across the street. (See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.)

contemporary-art-museum-lajollaInformation on Visiting the Contemporary Art Museum in La Jolla

Directions from Google Maps to 700 Prospect Street in La Jolla, CA 92037.

Parking – Street Parking is Free with a limit of 2 hours. You will generally find street parking available. There are also nearby parking lots that charge a nominal fee.

Traffic – The main road getting in and out of La Jolla for most visitors is Torrey Pines Road. It is a busy street but moves along quite well except when you are heading out of La Jolla between 3PM – 6PM. The delay may add up to 15 minutes to your commute. However, you will get to enjoy some spectacular views looking out towards La Jolla Shores and the Pacific Ocean.

Transit - Buses serve La Jolla. (See San Diego Transit Information for the online Transit Planner.)

Related Attractions – At the La Jolla location you can enjoy the shops and restaurants in the Village of La Jolla and the spectacular La Jolla Coastline.

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Beautiful Stroll Along San Diego Bayhttp://tourguidetim.com/beautiful-stroll-along-san-diego-bay/ http://tourguidetim.com/beautiful-stroll-along-san-diego-bay/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:25:56 +0000 http://thebestplacesinsandiego.com/?p=476 Beautiful Stroll Along San Diego Bay

Location: Downtown San Diego (From the San Diego Convention Center to the Airport) Hours: Always Open Things to Do & See: Enjoy the Views of San Diego Harbor and Skyline while walking several miles along the waterfront, visiting world-class attractions, dining at restaurants, shopping in unique stores, looking at artwork, and people watching. You can […]

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Beautiful Stroll Along San Diego Bay

Location: Downtown San Diego (From the San Diego Convention Center to the Airport)

Hours: Always Open

Things to Do & See: Enjoy the Views of San Diego Harbor and Skyline while walking several miles along the waterfront, visiting world-class attractions, dining at restaurants, shopping in unique stores, looking at artwork, and people watching. You can also ride an Antique Carousel or take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

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San Diego Bay Walking Tour Highlights: This will be one of the more scenic walking trails you will ever enjoy. A wide sidewalk extends the entire length so you can also jog, bike, rollerblade, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, get on a Pedicab, or tour on a Segway.

One Mile Walk – Most visitors spend their time strolling past the attractions listed below, which are all located within a one mile stretch of sidewalk along Harbor Drive. The attractions below are listed from north to south on what is known as the North Embarcadero.

San Diego Maritime Museum – One of the best maritime museums in the country, including the world’s oldest active boat, two historical landmarks, two ships featured in Oscar nominated movies, and several exhibitions.

Several miles of walkway along the San Diego harborInternational Visitor Information Center – Pick up maps, brochures, and discount tickets from trained staff who can answer your questions.

San Diego Harbor CruisesTake a cruise on San Diego Harbor, the most beautiful harbor in America.

San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal – See Cruise Ships up-close or take them for voyages to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Australia.

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum – Tour the longest serving aircraft carrier in U.S. Naval History; Enjoy over 40 Exhibits, including Fighter Planes.

Artwork and Cruise Ships in San DiegoPort of San Diego Public Art Exhibitions – Visit the National Tribute to Bob Hope and the Military as well as enjoy the works of local artists placed along the one-mile walkway.

Seaport Village – Home to a very large selection of unique shops, entertainment, antique carousel, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Three Mile Walk – As a group, the San Diego attractions noted above lie in the center between the San Diego Convention Center to the south and the San Diego Airport to the north, which are three miles apart. For those who want to walk beyond the attractions noted above, here are some additional sights you will want to enjoy if you continue down the sidewalk along Harbor Drive:

san-diego-harbor-walk-4If you walk towards the Convention Center, you will pass by the:

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt, where you can head up to the top floor bar to enjoy views overlooking San Diego;
  • San Diego Marriott and Marina, where you can look at the docked yachts from all over the world.
  • On the opposite side of the Convention Center is Petco Park, and a number of attractions in the Gaslamp Quarter and Marina District.

If you walk towards the San Diego Airport, you will pass by the:

  • World’s Largest Yachts docked in San Diego Harbor, where you can gawk and take up-close photos.
  • Russian Luxury Yacht docked in San Diego

  • U.S. Coast Guard Station, where you watch activity through the fence that includes watching incoming and outgoing Coast Guard helicopters.
  • Harbor Island, which is a very quiet place to enjoy views of downtown and watch planes flying in and out of the San Diego Airport.

Ten Mile Walk – Once you reach the Airport and Harbor Island, you don’t have to turn around. The sidewalk continues onward past Spanish Landing Park and the America’s Cup Harbor and on to Shelter Island. For those who like to go long distances, it is 10 miles from the Convention Center to the end of Shelter Island, with the halfway point being the loop through Harbor Island.

san-diego-harbor-walk-2Information on Visiting the San Diego Bay Waterfront

Directions from Google Maps to 1492 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101. (This is the address for the San Diego Maritime Museum, which is midway between the Convention Center and the San Diego Airport. There are large parking lots nearby. You can also select any of the attractions above for information on directions and parking at different locations along the San Diego Harbor.)

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. Nearby parking lots generally charge a parking rate of $10 for 10 hours. It is easier to park in the lots and spend a good part of the day (if not the entire day) enjoying the waterfront attractions, restaurants, going for a walk, and enjoying the views.

san-diego-harbor-walk-3Traffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. The San Diego Padres games usually start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway and Market Streets are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. The streets closest to the San Diego Bay attractions are also two-way.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit - Both the Blue and Orange Trolley Lines move through Downtown San Diego and get you within four blocks of most San Diego Harbor attractions. Both stop at One America Plaza, which is just two long blocks east of the Broadway Pier and the major attractions noted above. Also note that the Orange Trolley Line runs along the South Embarcadero, in front of the Convention Center and Seaport Village before continuing on to One America Plaza. Across the street from One America Plaza is the Santa Fe Depot, which serves the AMTRAK and Coaster Trains.  (See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.) Walking around Downtown San Diego is easy since it is flat with the exception of the northeast corner near Cortez Hill.

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Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero) When: Varies Throughout the Year Cost: Free To Look Features: The Most Luxurious Mega Yachts in the World San Diego Mega Yacht Highlights: Only a few places in America can host the largest yachts in the world. San Diego became one of those few places in 2008. Located right […]

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World’s Largest Yachts in San Diego

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

When: Varies Throughout the Year

Cost: Free To Look

Features: The Most Luxurious Mega Yachts in the World

San Diego Mega Yacht Highlights: Only a few places in America can host the largest yachts in the world. San Diego became one of those few places in 2008.

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Mega Yacht "ICE" in San Diego Bay

Located right on the walkway of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and just north of the San Diego Maritime Museum, visitors can peer into the lives of the Rich and Famous.

The San Diego Mooring Company can host up to eight luxury yachts at a time. Yachts ranging from 100 feet – 400 feet will dock perpendicular to the walkway along the North Embarcadero. This is known as the Mediterranean Style of Mooring rather than the more traditional style of parking a yacht parallel to a boat dock.

The first two big yachts in San Diego Bay were the 252 foot Princess Mariana, owned by a Mexican billionaire Carlos Peralta Quintero and the 295 foot ICE, owned by a Russian billionaire and politician Suleyman Kerimov.

What to Expect

  • Yachts will generally stay in port a week or longer. (If you see a mega yacht in San Diego, be sure to let the rest of us know in the ‘recommendation’ section below.)
  • Bring your camera to take a picture of these beautiful luxury yachts that few people in the world will ever get to see with their own eyes.
  • Keep your eyes out for a helicopter on board since owners often ‘catch-up’ to their ships once their crews have moored the yacht in San Diego.
  • The yachts pull right up within a few feet of the sidewalk, where there is plenty of space to stand or sit and imagine what it would be like to enjoy life in the lap of luxury.

Luxury Yacht Owners and Crew – The San Diego Mooring Company offers a web site dedicated to those who want more information on mooring their Mega Yachts in San Diego. You can also call (619) 291-0916.

Luxury Yacht Sightseers – If you see a mega yacht in San Diego, jot down the name of the boat and look it up on monacoeye.com. Then, be sure to let the rest of us know in the ‘recommendation’ section below.

Information on Viewing the Most Luxurious Ships in the World

Directions from Google Maps to 1820 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101.

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking in front of the mega yacht location that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours.

Visit our post on walking along San Diego Bay to see a full list of nearby attractions, dining options, and help getting in and out of the North Embarcadero area of downtown San Diego.

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Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero) When: Varies Throughout the Year Cost: Free To Look Features: See the World’s Best Known Cruise Ships Depart for Ports-of-Call in Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Australia. San Diego Cruise Ship Highlights: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess Cruises, and Azamara Cruise Lines set sail from San […]

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Cruise Ships Departing from San Diego

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

When: Varies Throughout the Year

Cost: Free To Look

Features: See the World’s Best Known Cruise Ships Depart for Ports-of-Call in Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Australia.

San Diego Cruise Ship Highlights: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess Cruises, and Azamara Cruise Lines set sail from San Diego 200+ times a year. Whether you want to head downtown to see the huge cruise ships up-close and watch them maneuver through San Diego Bay or climb aboard to start a cruise vacation, we have the information you need.
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Port of San Diego Cruise Ship Schedule – View the full list of cruise ships scheduled to depart from San Diego in the upcoming year. Most cruise lines also offer trips that end in San Diego. You can also pull up the cruise details from the respective cruise line web sites below.

Holland America – Pick from about six dozen cruise options departing from San Diego. Cruises include trips through the Panama Canal and visits to other South American ports, Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Asia, and Australia. Holland America also offers Fall Tours that start in Vancouver Canada and end in San Diego.

Carnival – Provides cruises year-round to Mexico.

Celebrity Cruises – Cruise schedule includes trips to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Panama Canal. Celebrity Cruises also offers trips that depart from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Vancouver, and Puerto Rico that end in San Diego.

Royal Caribbean – Cruise schedule includes trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, and the Panama Canal. Royal Caribbean also offers cruises that depart Miami, Vancouver, and Chile that end in San Diego.

Azamara Cruises – Deluxe Cruises set sail for the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal. Azamara Cruises also offers Panama Canal Cruises that depart Miami and end in San Diego.

What to Expect if you are a San Diego Cruise Ship Passenger.

  • You are only 1.5 miles from the San Diego Airport. The Airport and Cruise Ship Terminal are connected by a beautiful walkway along San Diego Harbor. A number of tourist attractions and museums line the walkway.
  • If you are driving to San Diego to catch a cruise, the parking lot is directly across the street from the Cruise Ship terminal and parking only costs about $10 per day.
  • Santa Fe Depot and One America Plaza are only two blocks away. They are home to the San Diego Trolley, Amtrak, and Coaster Stations. (See the Transit section below for more details.)
  • There is a lot to see and do in the most beautiful city in America where you will find many friendly people to help you enjoy a wonderful vacation. Select one of the Related Themes at the end of this post for an overview of nearby attractions. For a more extensive list of activities in San Diego, select one of the themes in the right column that appeal to your interests.

What to Expect if you want to Look at Cruise Ships Visiting San Diego.

  • Bring your camera along because you will get to see the Cruise Ships up-close.
  • Up to two Cruise Ships can be hosted at the same time.
  • Visit the Port of San Diego Cruise Ship Schedule to see if a ship is scheduled to be in port on the day you plan to visit downtown San Diego.
  • There are several attractions along San Diego Harbor you can visit at the same time you go to see the Cruise Ships.

cruise-shipInformation on Visiting the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal

Directions from Google Maps to 1140 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101.

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking that runs about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. Nearby parking lots generally charge a parking rate of $10 for 10 hours. It is easier to park in the lots and spend a good part of the day (if not the entire day) enjoying the waterfront attractions, restaurants, going for a walk, and enjoying the views.

Traffic – Getting in and out of downtown using highways I-5, SR-163, and SR-94 is relatively easy. Downtown San Diego is not a major employment center and thus there is very little rush hour traffic. Watch for slower traffic on the I-5 where it does a tight S-curve through downtown San Diego near the SR-163 interchange. When heading southbound on SR-163, stay to the left side unless you want to get on the I-5. (You will encounter a slight delay getting on the I-5 from SR-163.) You will also encounter a slight delay on SR-163 going into downtown when there is an event at Petco Park. The San Diego Padres games usually start at 7:05PM. Even though traffic backs up a little on SR-163, it continues to move along. When leaving downtown, remember that:

  • 1st Avenue will get you to the I-5 North,
  • 11th Avenue will get you to SR-163 and the I-5 North,
  • E & J Streets will get you to the I-5 South, and
  • G Street will get you to SR-94.

The traffic lights on these streets are synchronized and will generally move you along without delay. (Learn how to get the latest highway traffic updates.)

Once you are downtown, you will find most of the streets are one-way, on an alternating basis. (You can see them if you zoom in on Google Maps.) Broadway and Market Streets are both two-way streets running east-west. You will find that at several intersections you are not allowed to make a left turn off of Broadway or Market. Thus, if you need to make a left turn, it is often better to use a one-way street rather than Broadway and Market Streets. The streets closest to the San Diego Bay attractions are also two-way.

All of the streets downtown move along quite well. The only exceptions are 4th and 5th Avenues through the Gaslamp Quarter in the evenings and around Petco Park before and after events. One other exception is crossing train tracks that run along Harbor Drive in front of the Convention Center. You can cross over the train tracks at Market, Front, 1st, and 5th. Sometimes, freight trains block the latter few crossover streets. If you see them sitting still, it means they are checking their brakes, so it could take a while. Don’t wait. Move farther north towards Market Street to cross over the tracks.

Transit - Both the Blue and Orange Trolley Lines move through Downtown San Diego and get you within four blocks of most attractions, including the Cruise Ship Terminal (Santa Fe Depot and America Plaza Stations) and Seaport Village (Seaport Village Station). The AMTRAK and Coaster Station is also within a few blocks of the Cruise Ship Terminal. (See San Diego Transit Information for the downtown transit map and information for the online Transit Planner.) Walking around Downtown San Diego is easy since it is flat with the exception of the northeast corner near Cortez Hill.

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Location: Balboa Park, Downtown along San Diego Bay, Coronado, Oceanside Open Daily: Each Location is Open Year-Round but offer Different Hours Cost: $20+ per Hour for Surreys and $10+ per Hour for Bicycles. Features: Bicycle and Surrey Rentals for the Whole Family. Surreys can seat up to 6 Adults and 2 Small Children. Wheel Fun […]

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Location: Balboa Park, Downtown along San Diego Bay, Coronado, Oceanside

Open Daily: Each Location is Open Year-Round but offer Different Hours

Cost: $20+ per Hour for Surreys and $10+ per Hour for Bicycles.

Features: Bicycle and Surrey Rentals for the Whole Family. Surreys can seat up to 6 Adults and 2 Small Children.


wheel-fun-rentalsWheel Fun Rentals Highlights: Balboa Park, the San Diego Bay Waterfront, and Coronado are large areas with lots to see. Get the whole family, or all of your friends, to pedal together on a bike to explore the local attractions. Ride your bike down long sidewalks and enjoy the scenery.

Visit the links below for details on recommended biking tours as well as hours and directions. Advanced Reservations are Not Accepted. Just show up and enjoy. If you have questions, you can leave a message at 619-239-3347. (805-650-7770 for the Oceanside location)

Balboa Park – Located at The Village Grill between the Natural History Museum and the Spanish Village Art Center.

Embarcadero North – Located at Holiday Inn on the Bay. (1355 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101). Across from the San Diego Maritime Museum

Embarcadero South – Located at the Marriott Hotel and Marina. (333 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101). Near the San Diego Convention Center.

Coronado (South side) – Located at the Hotel del Coronado. (1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118)

Coronado (North side facing Downtown San Diego) – Located at the Coronado Island Marriott. (2000 Second Street, Coronado, CA 92118)

Oceanside – Located underneath the Oceanside Pier.  (300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054)

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Port of San Diego Art Collectionshttp://tourguidetim.com/port-of-san-diego-art-collections/ http://tourguidetim.com/port-of-san-diego-art-collections/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:05:13 +0000 http://thebestplacesinsandiego.com/?p=523 Port of San Diego Art Collections

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero) Hours: Year-Round Cost: Free Features: A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military; Over 30 Large Pieces of Art Along the San Diego Waterfront A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military – Sixteen larger-than-life bronze statutes commemorate the achievements of Bob Hope and American Military Members […]

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Port of San Diego Art Collections

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

Hours: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Features: A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military; Over 30 Large Pieces of Art Along the San Diego Waterfront

A National Salute to Bob Hope and the MilitarySixteen larger-than-life bronze statutes commemorate the achievements of Bob Hope and American Military Members who served from the time of World War II to the Present. The statutes are located in Tuna Harbor Park, which is located right along the San Diego Harbor walkway just north of Seaport Village and just south of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. This is a permanent collection placed near several other memorials honoring armed forces members and their families.

Urban Trees Artwork - Each year, thirty or more works-of-art are exhibited along the North Embarcadero portion of the San Diego Harbor walkway. The tree-size art pieces represent the San Diego landscape from the perspective of local artists. To get a map of the current art pieces on exhibit along the San Diego Bay, visit the Port of San Diego Urban Tree Artwork web page.

Additional Works of Art – You will find many more works of art sponsored by the Port of San Diego if you continue walking along the 10 mile stretch of San Diego Bay noted in our walking description of San Diego Bay.

Information on Viewing the Art Exhibitions Sponsored by the Port of San Diego

Directions from Google Maps to 1492 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA 92101. (This is the address for the San Diego Maritime Museum, which is midway between the north end of the Urban Tree exhibition, which starts near Hawthorn Street, and the National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military Exhibition, which is at the south end of the North Embarcadero.)

Parking – There is Metered Street Parking in front of the art exhibitions and attractions that run along Harbor Drive. The metered parking rate is about $1.25 per hour with a limit of 2 – 3 hours. Paid parking lots are also available in the area.

Visit our post on walking along San Diego Bay to see a full list of nearby attractions, dining options, and help getting in and out of the North Embarcadero area of downtown San Diego.

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