Maritime Museum of San Diego
Once you’re on the downtown waterfront, it’s easy to spot the Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 N. Harbor Dr., 619/234-9153, www.sdmaritime.org, daily 9 a.m.–8 p.m., adults $12, seniors $9, children $8): Just look for the tall masts with sails. This museum features a collection of floating historic ships, many of which still sail on a regular basis.
The gem of the collection, the famous Star of India has been plying the high seas for almost 150 years. Other genuine historic ships include the Medea, the Berkeley, and the Pilot. Another ship that makes regular passenger cruises is the Californian—the state’s Official Tall Ship. (Yes, California has such a thing!)
Come any day to tour the various ships at dock—onboard you’ll find a wealth of exhibits depicting the maritime history of San Diego, war at sea in centuries past, the story of the ship you’re on, and more.
This museum makes a perfect outing for anyone who loves naval history, sailing, ships in general, or even just being out on the water. The museum recommends that you make reservations in advance for their historic ship cruises.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition