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San Diego's Embarcadero

A great place to spend the day exploring

Located adjacent to Downtown San Diego along the Big Bay, San Diego's Embarcadero is a testament to the region's colorful maritime history complete with historic ships, museums and harbor tours, as well as a working fishing harbor, cruise ship terminal and plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops.

USS Midway Museum

Arts & Culture

USS Midway Museum

One don't-miss activity is a visit to the USS Midway Museum, which invites visitors aboard America's longest-serving aircraft carrier to enjoy 35 exhibits and tours exploring its rich 47-year history. Many of the story-telling docents are veterans who served aboard the carrier.

Maritime Museum of San Diego

The floating Maritime Museum of San Diego features one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world, including the Star of India, who at 150+ years old is the oldest active sailing ship. Located in a beautiful waterfront park on Harbor Drive at the G Street Mole in downtown San Diego is an inspiring collection of military heritage artworks dubbed the Greatest Generation Collection. Works include the "USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial" commemorating the distinguished World War II service of San Diego's namesake cruiser; the black obelisk and bronze sculptures of the "Aircraft Carrier Memorial" honoring all who've served on the Navy's aircraft carriers; the Admiral Sprague bust that presides over the "Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial," a fitting remembrance of one of the most desperate and heroic naval actions in U.S. history; and the "Military Tribute to Bob Hope," which honors the famed entertainer's efforts.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) operates a downtown expansion in the former 'baggage building' of the active Santa Fe Depot, a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark located across the street from the existing MCASD downtown galleries - look for the Spanish Mission-Colonial Revival-style exterior. Built for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915, the building provides more than 10,500 sq. ft. of new exhibition space for contemporary art.

San Diego County Waterfront Park

Activities

San Diego County Waterfront Park

Located at 1600 Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive between Grape and Ash streets, the Downtown Waterfront Park is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Picnic on the grassy lawn, let the kids burn off some steam at the modern creative playground, cool off in the interactive splash fountains and enjoy The Bay views.

Cruises

San Diego is the fastest growing cruise port on the U.S. West Coast and homeport for Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America, as well as an embarkation and debarkation port for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ships. Ships docking in San Diego offer exciting itineraries that include the Mexican Riviera, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Coast, Central America, and the Panama Canal.

  • Flagship Cruises & Events features daily one- and two-hour narrated harbor tours, seasonal whale watching adventures, dinner-dance and Sunday brunch cruises with live entertainment, and excursions to Los Coronados Islands in Mexican waters. Thrill seekers will love their new Patriot Jet Boat, an open-air, turbo-charged machine that flies across the bay and can do 360-degree spins.
  • Hornblower Cruises & Events offers three-hour nightly dinner-dance cruises, Sunday champagne brunch cruises, daily one- and two-hour narrated harbor tours, and seasonal whale watching adventures.

US SAND SCULPTING CHALLENGE AND DIMENSIONAL ART EXPOSITION

Events

Held annually in November, the three-day San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, the region's largest wine and culinary extravaganza, includes events held in various downtown venues and culminates with the Grand Tasting Event, held at the waterfront Embarcadero Park North. Other annual events along the Embarcadero include the Summer Pops Bayside Summer Nights concerts held by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the annual Day at the Docks celebration, the yearly Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration, the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo, Festival of Sail, the holiday favorite San Diego Bay Parade of Lights and many more. Check the events calendar for more upcoming events in the area.

The Headquarters at Seaport Village

Shopping & Dining

Seaport Village

This bayside destination offers more than 50 shops featuring art, toys and souvenirs plus casual eateries and fine dining restaurants, many with views of the beautiful bay and harbor. During the summer season and on weekend, you'll also find fun, family-friendly events including live music and activities.

Headquarters at Seaport Village

Through the restoration of San Diego’s Old Police Headquarters, San Diego has reclaimed a majestic urban treasure by offering an extraordinary new experience; a delightful destination where restaurants and specialty boutiques can make a lasting impression.

Carnitas Snack Shack

With panoramic views of the city and San Diego Bay, Carnitas Snack Shack is an amazing spot known for its laid back atmosphere, pork-centric menu and specialty crafted cocktails.

Sally's Fish House & Bar

Sally's Fish House & Bar combines a newly renovated dining room and waterfront patios with stunning panoramic marina views for a relaxing dining experience. Dine al fresco on the newly expanded patios with outdoor fire pits. This unique seafood restaurant implemented a traditional wood fire grilling method to create flavors that add a twist to classic dishes.

Roy's Restaurant

Roy's combines fresh ingredients, European sauces & bold Asian spices. Nowhere else will you find a culinary experience quite like the flavors, textures and colors created at Roy's.

The Fish Market & Top of the Market

The Fish Market serves only the freshest catches from waters near, far and everywhere in between. Their motto is: "Seafood is our passion, freshness is our mission, and quality is our commitment." Top of the Market floats above the bustle with an intimate ambiance, exhibition-style cooking, memory-making views, and–of course–their signature quality seafood.

Lane Field Park Markets

Centrally located on the Embarcadero, this open air food market in Lane Field Park is an ideal place for visitors to try a variety of food and drinks from local vendors, play lawn games and enjoy the San Diego vibe.

Manchester Grand Hyatt Guestroom

Where to Stay

San Diego's Embarcadero is within walking distance of many downtown hotels. Search for Hotels & Resort located near Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive in the downtown neighborhood.

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Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation. In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian-Age buildings stand side-by-side, you'll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.

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Little Italy

Once home to San Diego's flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is now a lively neighborhood filled with patio cafés, packed restaurants, craft brew stops, urban wineries, art galleries, sophisticated shops, boutique hotels and the beautiful Amici Park.

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Barrio Logan

For years, the Barrio Logan neighborhood has been one of San Diego's best kept secrets. An epicenter of the city's Mexican-American culture, this neighborhood is quickly becoming a hotspot for cutting-edge art and authentic local culture.

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Point Loma Peninsula

West of downtown San Diego, you'll find Point Loma, Harbor Island and Shelter Island, all of which offer great restaurants, activities, a variety of accommodations and stunning views of San Diego’s skyline.

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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2021

Our annual San Diego Museum Month program may look a little different this year, but February remains the perfect month to discover (or re-discover) the story of San Diego as told through our diverse range of museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more.

Join us every day in February as we explore a rich world of cultural experiences, including virtual activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and other special museum moments you can only find in San Diego.

Follow San Diego Museum Council on social media for daily updates and happenings, and check back here soon for details. #SDMuseumMonth

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All-Inclusive Bachelorette & Bachelor Parties

Jan 4 - ongoing

Forget Vegas, San Diego is THE destination for your bachelorette/bachelor party! 

Choose from our most popular Chauffeured Brewery, Winery, or Distillery Tours!

NO NEED TO DRIVE! Our Bachelorette/Bachelor packages include pickup from your hotel/residence*!

Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Adventures Include**:

·         Door-to-door private chauffeured transportation*.

·         Visit custom-appointed local wineries, breweries, and/or distilleries.

·         Ample tastings at EVERY stop – up to 18 pours!

·         A tasting appreciation presentation and behind the scene tour

·         VIP service to make this day fun and memorable for your entire party.

·         Delicious Winery/Brewery/Distillery meal.

·         A Bachelor & Bachelorette Party gift for each guest on the tour. Our gift to you

·         Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours. 

 

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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Sep 14, 2020 - ongoing

Turn Downtown San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

Covid Friendly outdoor activity.  No tour guides to meet, no people added to your group.  Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace.  Save 20% with Promo Code SDEVENT.

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Valentines Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2021

Take your Valentine to San Diego's Balboa Park or Old Town and turn them into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure.  Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city adventure.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.  Available sunrise to sunset.  Start when you want and play at your pace.  Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDEVENT.  Sign up online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com. Covid Friendly outdoor activity. No tour guides to meet, no people added to your group.

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