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San Diego Harbor: Things To Do and Activities

A visit to America’s Finest City isn’t complete until you spend some time enjoying the San Diego Harbor. As one of the most popular spots in the city, The Big Bay is home to a plethora of activities and things to do.

An observation area in San Diego's Seaport Village showing a family of four smiling, telescopes for public use and a large naval vessel in the distance

Shop, dine and explore

Seaport Village is home to 14 acres of waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment. You can spend several hours day or night visiting the unique shops and enjoy a delicious meal as you watch the sun go down over the harbor. There are street performers wowing crowds and simply sitting on a bench taking in the scenic views is always in order.

A twin engine navy prop plane parked next to the flag bridge, adorned with different colorful flags and the primary flight control area which has several observation decks in San Diego

Check out the USS Midway Museum

Step onto an aircraft carrier for an out-of-this-world experience. The USS Midway Museum is an experience the whole family can enjoy. There are 60 exhibits, dozens of restored aircraft, flight simulators and much more. Picture yourself on a floating city and walking in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of sailors who served our country. This historic Museum offers a unique look at the rich heritage of our country’s maritime military.

San Diego SEAL Tour vehicle

Take A SEAL Tour

Join us for a 100-minute sightseeing adventure that will take you through the streets of San Diego and then splash down into the harbor. Our San Diego tour is fun for the entire family. Learn about some of the most popular attractions and get a chance to see the native seals playing in the harbor.

View the Port of San Diego Public Art Collection

Located on the North Embarcadero, the Public Art Collection includes more than 30 pieces of art along the waterfront. You’ll see A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military, which includes 16 larger-than-life bronze statues. There’s also the Urban Trees Artwork display, which is a yearly exhibit that features tree-size art pieces representing the San Diego landscape from local artists.

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

Check out the Star of India

The World’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India, is docked at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and is the featured attraction of this special museum. Here you can see one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, permanent and temporary exhibits and more that showcase the maritime history of the United States. It’s an excellent experience for adults and children of all ages.