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Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Drive | San Diego, CA 92101 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The Maritime Museum offers a hands-on look at San Diego's days as a bustling seaport. You can tour all types of historic vessels, from sailing ships to submarines. Recent visitors said the boat tours gave them a new understanding of the workmanship and skill required of sailors. "I came away with a huge appreciation of the difficulties of serving on a submarine," said one TripAdvisor reviewer. Past visitors also note that you should plan to wear pants and sturdy shoes to easily maneuver the narrow, low corridors inside the ships. Along with the boat tours, you can also explore several permanent and visiting exhibits that detail San Diego's maritime legacy using art and artifacts. Travelers say the exhibits are fascinating, even for youngsters. 

If exploring boats doesn't satisfy your craving for a nautical experience, set sail on the Californian, a former patrol boat that now offers half-day cruises. While on an Adventure Sail, you'll have the opportunity to haul a line, man the helm and watch the crew rig and furl the sails of the tall ship. The four-hour excursion, which ends with a cannon salute, costs extra: adults pay $60 while children sail for $48.

The Maritime Museum sits on the San Diego Bay just 2 miles south of the San Diego International Airport on North Harbor Drive. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with cruises departing at 11:30 a.m. and docking at 4 p.m. General admission to the museum is $16 for adults and $8 for children. Check the museum's website for more information about current exhibits and to book your Adventure Sail.

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