Take in the San Diego Harbor Sites along the Embarcadero
The San Diego Bay ranks as one of the largest metropolitan ocean harbors in the United States. A walk along its shore provides visitors with beautiful views and endless options for afternoon fun. For guests at the downtown San Diego Marina Inn near the harbor, a short walk will bring them to all of the city’s popular waterfront activities.
Walking along the Embarcadero of the San Diego Harbor is a great way to sightsee without spending a lot of money. The Embarcadero stretches from the San Diego Airport all the way down to the Convention Center and is a popular place for boats to dock. Whether you decide to walk or bike ride, there are plenty of benches along the way, giving you ample opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenery.
As you walk down the Embarcadero from the airport, one of the first attraction’s you’ll hit is the San Diego Maritime Museum. The museum features a collection of ships including sail boats from the 1800s, steam boats and is even home to a retired Navy submarine. For $16, visitors can climb aboard each museum vessel in any order they choose. If you’re interested in getting out onto the water, the Maritime Museum also offers tours and cruises of the San Diego Bay.
Not far from the Maritime Museum is one of San Diego’s most popular icons, the USS Midway. This historic aircraft carrier now serves as a museum and with its location on the water, makes it one of the only floating museums in the United States. For $15, visitors can check out the USS Midway, exploring the exhibits as well as the more than 60 different areas of the ship. Self-guided audio tours are also available for visitors who are interested in learning more about the history of the USS Midway.
The most southern part of the Embarcadero features a quaint collection of specialty shops, cafes, and oceanfront restaurants. This district, better known as Seaport Village is a great place for visitors to relax along the bay. The area is also great for children, featuring a historic carousel and street performers and magicians. In the late summer evenings, visitors may also be able to enjoy live music performances by local bands and artists.
After a day of sightsee, retreat back to your clean and spacious room at the Marina Inn. After a good night’s rest, you’ll be ready to explore the rest of the lively downtown district of San Diego.