Speed Boat Adventures
If you want to tour the San Diego Bay up close and personal, try Speed Boat Adventures instead of a traditional harbor cruise (on a big boat with a few hundred tourists). These two-person speed boats are a blast. Get UP CLOSE to thethe USS Midway Museum (underneath the flight deck!)
1450 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Padres | Petco Park
Home to the San Diego Padres, Petco Park is an open-air ballpark in downtown San Diego. Petco Park opened in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium as the home park of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. Padres games run April through September (or October if we make the playoffs). If you visit off-season or when the team is away, we highly recommend a behind the scenes tour of Petco Park
100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
The Gondola Company
For something completely different and unexpected: Take a gentle cruise around the Coronado Cays in a traditional Venetian gondola for a romantic party of two, or a fun, family outing.
503 Grand Caribe Causeway suite C
Coronado, CA 92118
Harbor Cruise of the San Diego Bay
There are two main harbor cruise operators based along the waterfront Embarcadero in downtown San Diego: Hornblower (our favorite) and Flagship. Both offer the same 1- and 2-hour cruises for about the same price. Look for discounts on Groupon or Gold Star for the best deals.
- The North Bay tour takes guests past the Maritime Museum (Star of India), Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Bait Docks (with resident sea lions), and the Navy Submarine Base to the tip of Point Loma, before heading back along the North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado. Depending on their schedule, you might spot Navy pilots practicing maneuvers in a variety of jets and helicopters.
- The South Bay tour heads along the residential side of Coronado, under the Coronado Bridge and then back north along the Naval Shipyard, Convention Center, Seaport Village and the USS Midway. You might get lucky and catch a glimpse of Navy SEALS practicing maneuvers in the South Bay.
- COMBINE both in a two-hour tour!
1800 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Waterfront Embarcadero along the Big Bay
Spend a day strolling along the waterfront embaradeor -- from the Maritime Museum on the north, to Seaport Village on the South you'll find plenty packed into this 1 mile walk to pique your interest.
- Maritime Museum with the Star of India
- Waterfront Park (music festivals, child friendly park with water features)
- Harbor Cruise Dock
- Cornado Ferry Dock
- USS Midway Museum
- Tuna Harbor Park: with the iconic "Unconditional Surrender" (kiss) statue
- Fish Market & Top of the Market Restaurants
- Seaport Village (shops, restaurants)
- The District (shops, restaurants including Puesto for some of the best tacos in town)
Affordable weekend parking under Waterfront Park (below the San Diego Country Adminstration building)
What better way to experience two of San Diego's most popular activities. The expert team at Hike for Beer operate small-group hiking and brewery tours around San Diego. A typical itinerary includes:
- Pickup at Adventure 16 in Mission Valley in their15-passenger van. Adventure 16 is speciality shop offering a variety of camping, hiking and other outdoor equipment and gear.
- A moderate, 5-mile guided hike in Mission Trails Regional Park
- Lunch and a round of beers at a nearby local craft brewery afterwards
- Drop-off at Adventure 16 in Mission Valley
- Tours run from 9AM-2PM and costs $95 per person
- Hike for Beer also offers private tours for groups of 8 or more
Learn more and book your tour on their website, or follow their adventures on Instgram:
No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to beautiful Coronado Island, where you learn that Coronado is not actually an island, as it connects to Silver Strand State Beach to the south. But do not let this misnomer fool you, Coronado is still the crown jewel of San Diego. Spend some time meandering through the historic Hotel Del to marvel in its history, enjoy lunch at one of their beach-side restaurants or grab an ice cream cone and walk along the sandy shores. Nearby in the Village you'll find plenty of shops, restaurants, and bike rentals. On the north side of Cornoado you'll find beach-view restaurants and the Coronado Ferry Dock with regular service to two downtown locations: the Broadway Pier in the waterfront embarcadero or the Convention Center in the Gaslamp District
The iconic Hotel Del Coronado opened in 1888 as the largest resort hotel in the world of the time. It has hosted presidents, royalty and celebrities through the years, and has been featured in numerous books and movies, including Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis. There are several restaurants, loads of shops.
On the north side of Cornoado, you'll find the Coronado Ferry Landing with more restaurants, shopping and a great view of the downtown skyline.
There are a few ways to get to Coronado
- Take the bridge over the bay (take CA-75 from I-5)
- Catch a Ferry from downtown at the Broadway Pier or the Convention Center
- Access Coronado from the south, driving north along the Silver Strand State Beach from Imperial Beach
The Old Globe
Live Performances on 3 Stages, located in San Diego's cultural mecca Balboa Park.
We LOVE the Old Globe, and have seen dozens of performances since we've moved to San Diego -- all were excellent without exception. Arrange for tickets in advance as many performances (especially weekends and the Summer Shakespeare Festival) sell out. Discounts available for seniors & under 20's. One of our favorite date nights is catching dinner in Hillcrest, walking over the Cabrillo Bridge into Balboa Park to watch a play at the Old Globe, and then walking back over the bridge after a performance to see the downtown skyline all lit up at night - a sight to enjoy!
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101
Other Activities (coming soon)
- Old Town Trolley Tour
- Horseback Riding on the Beach
- 17 Mile Bayshore Bikeway