Budget-Friendly San Diego Harbor Activities
One of the hallmarks of downtown San Diego is the harbor. The sunny San Diego weather coupled with the bay’s majestic beauty makes it a popular spot to visit among vacationers. Guests who stay at the economy Pacific Inn by San Diego Bay can easily enjoy the various sites and activities of the harbor.
- Take a walk along the scenic Embarcadero. Those who want to enjoy the sights and sound of the ocean without leaving the shore can take a leisurely stroll on the Embarcadero. During your stroll, check out the bay’s many attractions including the USS Midway Museum and Seaport Village. Visitors often enjoy watching the numerous cruise ships come in and out of the harbor.
- Stop at the San Diego Maritime Museum. Those who enjoy boats and history are drawn to this one-of-a-kind museum. The Maritime Museum includes 10 boats ranging from historical sail ships and steam powered ferries to military submarines and harbor pilot boats. Some of the museums most popular boats which you can explore include the Star of India, the USS Midway Museum, the Californian, a B-39 submarine, the USS Dolphin Submarine, and a San Diego Harbor Pilot Boat. After paying admission ($16 for adults and $8 for kids), visitors can board all of the boats displayed in any order they choose.
- Cruise the harbor. Taking a harbor cruise or tour is another popular San Diego Bay activity. A standard 1 hour cruise around the harbor starts around $23 per person. Prices for cruises and bay tours differ by company, the length of the tour, and the size of the boat. For those who want to splurge, there are private, luxurious cruises and tours available at an additional cost. During the late winter to early spring, many of the bay tour companies also offer whale watching tours.
- Catch a ferry to the island of Coronado. This 15 minute ride costs $4.25 per person each way and runs every half hour to an hour depending on where you board the ferry. Passengers can buy tickets and board the ferry at either the Broadway Pier, located north of the USS Midway Museum or at the convention center marina. The ferry begins service at the Broadway Pier at 9 am with departures every hour and from 9:10am at the convention center marina with departures every half hour.
Whether you stay onshore or take a cruise on a boat, there is something for everyone at the San Diego Bay. Contact us at the Pacific Inn to reserve your room and enjoy all of the attractions the bay has to offer.