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Embarcadero, San Diego: Our most recommended tours and activities

90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

1. 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing tour. See the best of San Diego on land and in the water. Take a seat on the San Diego SEAL tour, an adventure that takes you through the most interesting sights in the city before heading out into the harbor of San Diego. Your 90-minute fully-narrated tour will wind through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing into the water for a cruise of San Diego Bay. On land, you will pass the Embarcadero and San Diego International Airport. You will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the scenic coast. Once you splash into the Big Bay, you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of a virtually unsinkable Hydra-Terra. Driven by our experienced captains, these amphibious vehicles are specially designed and built to navigate on both sea and land. Each one is Coast Guard approved and meets all passenger vehicle and department of transportation requirements to ensure safety and comfort for all. Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL journeys through San Diego by land and sea. Our unique amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Relax and enjoy amazing views during the best sightseeing adventure in San Diego.

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San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

2. San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

Your 90-minute night tour boards in Seaport Village and starts off by exploring the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, known as the Gaslamp Quarter, full of vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture.   Then, make your way to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., where stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glow bright at night. From Balboa Park, drive to the top of Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and Downtown San Diego. Then, travel to Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a 20-minute stop to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline, visible from across the bay and a perfect photo opportunity. From Coronado, make your way back to San Diego to take in the Embarcadero’s bay-front views. You’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, Maritime Museum’s Star of India, the USS Midway Museum, and Navy aircraft carriers from across the bay. The tour ends in Seaport Village, where guests are invited to the Top of the Hyatt for 50% off a glass of wine.

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San Diego: Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission

3. San Diego: Maritime Museum of San Diego Admission

Start your visit to the Maritime Museum of San Diego with a tour of the 1898 Victorian-era steam ferry boat, Berkeley. See a range of exhibits on the naval and commercial fishing industry history. Learn about navigational exploration and see vintage photography and artwork, military artifacts, and impressive yacht models. After the Berkeley, head down the gangway underwater to the USS Dolphin. Explore the USS Dolphin and see what the world’s deepest dive submarine looks like on the inside. Make your way to the Vietnam-era PCF 816 Swift boat, the 1904 royal steam yacht Medea, and a 1914 Pilot boat. See the replica of the 1452 Spanish galleon Explorer Cabrillo, which sailed into the West Coast. See both the replica galleon and the Californian topsail schooner. Visit the H.M.S. Surprise, the ship used in the award-winning motion picture Master and Commander and Pirates of Caribbean IV movie. Go below deck. See the man-of-war gunnery and remnants, along with wardrobe and props from the film that is exquisitely maintained. The last vessel is the Star, with three decks of treasured exhibits and gallery space. Learn about the history of the great Age of Sail onboard.

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What people are saying about Embarcadero, San Diego

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 150 reviews

We took our 6 year old twin grandsons and 3 year old granddaughter on the Seal Tour. We sat up front so we could see the pictures and objects the tour guide shared and they were captivated the entire time. We learned about the naval boats we passed, the dolphin training facility and we traveled quite closely to the floating platform that the sea lions and seabirds love to camp out on. The guide was very entertaining and informative, asked the kiddos questions, qne was patient with their questions. Our grandkids loved to see how the bus turned into a boat and back again. It was a great experience for all of us. Please tell everyone that they need to BE AT THE BUS BOARDING AREA 30 MINUTES AHEAD OF TIME. Even though you have paid for your tickets ahead of time, the service will sell some others your spot if you are not there no less than 30 minutes ahead of time. No real big communication or posting of this anywhere!!

We had a beautiful day to enjoy our SEAL Harbor Tour - the sun was shining, the water was calm and the temperatures were perfect! My husband and I enjoyed hearing about the city and how much of the bay was dredged and islands built. When our "car" turned into a "boat" on the bay it was really fun- Seeing San Diego and the surrounding areas from the water, learning about the different activities that were happening around us and even seeing a young porpoise being trained by her Navy handler all made for a very pleasurable experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to people of all ages, those who live locally as well as those visiting the area!

Very nice experience, I loved when we drove into the water just got a little scared when we were going through all the waves. The sea lions did stink but that was to be expected. The experience was nice, but on land it was a bit cold with all the cold air driving, but overall I would definitely recommend it to others.

Wonderful tour! Amy did a beautiful job at describing the area and educating us on the rich history of downtown San Diego and the military presence of the bay. I highly recommend this tour!

Our travel guide was very knowledgeable & entertaining.