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Must See Sites Along The Embarcadero San Diego

Looking for a wonderful way to spend the day outdoors in San Diego? Head down to the Embarcadero for a relaxing stroll along the waterfront with many sightseeing opportunities. And throughout the year, there are numerous events, concerts, art shows and festivities taking place in and around the area. Whether you’re in town for a few days or longer, make sure this popular spot along the San Diego Bay is on your itinerary.

A 19th century cargo ship called the Star of India with its many sails unfurled with a complex network of ropes and pulleys against a bright blue sky in the San Diego Bay

Maritime Museum


For more seafaring fun, a visit to the Maritime Museum is in order! Here, you’ll have the opportunity to view the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India, in addition to a collection of magnificently restored historic ships.

Seaside Monuments


In addition to the various museums and Seaport Village, there are several monuments on the Embarcadero including the Aircraft Carrier Memorial, the Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial, and the National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military. Walk around these historic landmarks to learn more about San Diego’s influential figures and historical past. 

Public Art & Parks 
Thirty different sculptures adorn the Embarcadero, each one designed by a different artist and offering visitors a chance to appreciate creative and unique artwork.

For travelers looking for a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the scenery, head to the Embarcadero Marina Park. Located next to the Convention Center and footsteps from Petco Park, it’s a great place for a waterfront picnic.

Also close by, the Embarcadero North Marina Park is a beautiful peninsula that provides breathtaking vistas of the San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bay Bridge.

People walking up and down the boardwalk in Seaport Village San Diego with the ocean to the right and shops to the left

Seaport Village

For food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment, Seaport Village delivers in a big way. And for an added bonus, it’s right on the water – making it even more immersed in San Diego culture. A must-see when you’re near the Embarcadero in San Diego, there’s always a seasonal event or local happening to explore.

The deck of the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier which has several military aircraft parked on top of it, several visitors to the ship walking around sightseeing and the buildings of downtown San Diego peering out in the distance

USS Midway Museum


At the USS Midway Museum, adults and children have the opportunity to explore one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. This special museum is more like a floating city and features 60 exhibits, 29 restored aircraft and several interactive experiences, including flight simulators, which delight guests of all ages.

SEAL Tours at Embarcadero

With a departure point at the Embarcadero, SEAL Tours is a fun and convenient way to sightsee on your trip. Sit back and let our unique amphibious vehicle show you the top sights and best attractions around, such as the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and the Star of India ship. There are famous landmarks all along the Bayfront and by taking a SEAL Tour, your visit will be a memorable one. Find the lowest price and money-saying packages by purchasing tickets directly through our website.

Smiling guests leaning over the side of a floating San Diego Seal vehicle observing sea lions basking in the sun lying on top of barges and one seal on top of a buoy