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Marine Corps Command Museum

Location: Midway District (3 Miles / 5 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 8AM – 4PM (Closed on Sundays)

Cost: Free

Features: History of the U.S. Marine Corps; Displays the Challenges of War and Sacrifices Made for Freedom

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Marine Corps Aviation Museum

Location: Miramar (15 Miles / 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 3:30PM (Closed on Mondays)

Cost: Free (Donations Appreciated)

Features: Only Museum in the Country Dedicated to Marine Corps Aviation

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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: $18 ($10 for Kids ages 6-17 and $15 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

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San Diego Maritime Museum

Location: Downtown San Diego (North Embarcadero)

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

Cost: $14 ($8 for Kids ages 6-12 and $11 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.

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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.

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Navy SEAL Boat Adventure Rides

Location: Harbor Island (2 Miles West of Downtown San Diego)

Schedule: Year-Round Chartered Tours

Cost: $65 – $75 for Adults ($50 – $60 for Kids)

Features: Naval Tour of San Diego Bay; Wildlife Tours to see Dolphins, Whales, and Mexico’s Coronado Islands; Custom Tours

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Coronado Museum of History and Art

Location: Coronado (6 Miles / 15 Minutes South of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 9AM – 5PM (Opens at 10AM on Weekends)

Cost: Suggested Donation of $4 ($2 for Kids Ages 8 – 19)

Features: Historical Look at the Hotel Del Coronado and the U.S. Naval Air Station

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Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4PM. Closed on Mondays.

Cost: $5 ($4 for Veterans and 65+, $2 for Students with I.D.)

Features: Extensive Collection of Stories and Artifacts from Military Conflicts; Represents Veterans from the Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Force.

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San Diego Air & Space Museum

Location: Balboa Park (3 Miles Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Daily: 10AM – 4:30PM (Must enter by 4PM). Open until 5:30PM during Summer. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cost: $16.50 ($6 for Kids ages 3-11 and $13.50 for Seniors, Military, Students)

Features: One of the Nation’s Best Aerospace Museums; San Diego has the Richest Aviation History in the World

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Gillespie Field Aircraft Museum

Location: El Cajon (17 Miles / 20 Minutes East of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 8AM – 3PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Cost: Free (Donations Accepted)

Features: Restoration Hanger for the Air & Space Museum includes More than Two Dozen Aircraft and an Atlas Missile.

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San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park & Museum

Location: San Pasqual Valley (34 Miles / 40 Minutes Northeast of Downtown San Diego)

Open Weekends: 10AM – 5PM. (Closed Weekdays)

Cost: Free

Features: Bloodiest Battleground in the Mexican-American War. Also, the Most Controversial Battle Site in the War.

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San Diego Skyline Views from Coronado

Location: Coronado (6 Miles / 15 Minutes South of Downtown San Diego)

Features: Magnificent Views of the City-Skyline, San Diego Bay, and Navy Aircraft Carriers; Shopping; Dining; Ferry Boat

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