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Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego

Categories: Specialty Museums, Ships, Museums, Tourist Spots
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See and visit historical sailing ships, steamboats and submarines at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and even sail on some of them. Established in 1948, this open-air museum hosts one of the largest collections of historical sea vessels in the United States. Take a self-guided tour through the ships and mind your head--it can be quite cramped inside. See the oldest ship in the world still able to sail--the 1863 Star of India, which used to sail the seas for up to a year at a time--and a 1,814 metric ton (2,000 ton) diesel-electric Soviet submarine, among others. Visit the archives and exhibits to learn more about that mystical connection that people and sea have always shared. Arrange to visit Maritime Museum of San Diego and other attractions in San Diego using our San Diego vacation trip planner.
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  • Every time we go we learn something new and see something old. There just isn't time to see all the ships in one day. 
  • After the Zoo this has to be our favourite attraction in San Diego. For the low price of $13 ($10 for a senior) we had 4 ½ hours wandering around the 6 boats and 2 submarines on show and for an extra ...  read more »
  • A very good place, lasts about 2 hours ride, but it is worthwhile. A tour of a very interesting aircraft carriers, is enormous. Very good to go with children.
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  • Great tourist stop, beautifully restored ships of various sizes to walk on and explore. Very thoughtful and well laid out museum, with interesting exhibits. The volunteers on staff were great and incredibly knowlegable. Within easy walking distance to Little Italy and the light rail.
  • Pretty close to the USS Midway carrier museum but we chose to drive because we had a five year old with us. We used the meter parking right in front of the ships but you can only put 2 hours of coins at a time. We had to get some change and go back to refill. The ships are pretty cool and give you a prospective of how people travelled not too long ago. The submarines are pretty cool also but be prepared to use steep stairs up and down and also crawl through holes on the Russian sub from each chamber. They have a testing loop before you go in so you can get an idea if you can fit thru it or not. Our 5 year old LOVED it, the staff was super friendly and I would definitely recommend it.
  • This was a great tourist stop. It was amazing to see the older ships and read about the sailors and their ships. I was impressed with the submarine. I enjoyed touring it and seeing the restored ship. It was stunning to see a submarine that old and know it functioned perfectly in its time. I had never been inside a submarine before so to be able to experience this was very cool. All of the restored ships are simply beautiful. This museum is well worth the time to tour. If I'm ever back in San Diego, I will be back when there is more sunlight.
  • One of my favorite parts of our trip. Conveniently located downtown, the maritime museum offers an array of ships to explore, including a decommissioned Russian and old American submarine which you can walk through. The ships are well presented although when we were there 2 exhibits were being renovated. Kid friendly attractions with great hands on historical exhibits. If they developed an audio companion tour I would say this would be one of the top 5 maritime museums in the country.
  • Very cool place. Climb all over old ships, exploring every room and deck. Great place to watch the 4th of July fireworks btw, just buy a day ticket and stake out a spot at the end of the pier.
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