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Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #19 of 235 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Ships
Traveler Description: The Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to the world's oldest sailing vessel that still sails - "The Star of India". This beautiful square rigger... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Like my visit to the USS Midway, this museum is a must. You board sailing ships and submarines. The cost is only a few dollars, the location is unique and when can you get the chance to walk through a Russian submarine and the an American submarine. Allow hours.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Visitors often hit the zoo and the beaches, but can miss one of the most interesting attractions in San Diego. They have at least five real vessels you can go through, all of them unique and interesting. Some people think it's just the most obvious--a sailing vessel, but there is much more, so take the time to do it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We didn't pay the $16 to go on the ships but did hang around the shipyard and took lots of beautiful photos! The ocean smells wonderful, the bay is beautiful and it's a lovely sight to see.

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Sun City West, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My favorite ship was the Star of India - beautiful fittings, cabins. And then for contrast the tiny Soviet submarine - I can't believe anyone could live for months in that tiny space. We also found The Berkeley ferry and HMS Surprise very interesting. We enjoyed the 45 minute bay cruise. In addition to seeing the city buildings and some... More

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We loved going on the ships especially the Surprise and the Russian sub. Very interesting and well presented. The museum is not large or extensive but very informative and nice to visit.

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Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The old ships, the submarines, the water! And when I went it wasn't crowded at all, except for the huge aircraft carrier. But even that was incredibly interesting---and I wasn't in the Navy.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This consists of ships such as the Star of India, HMS Surprise and two submarines a Soviet B-39 and a USS Dolphin and some other ships. The ships were wonderful. To see the insides of a ship up close with all the history and exhibits was wonderful. Getting inside the sub-marines was a great experience and seeing the cramped quarters... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Pirates and pedestrians alike will enjoy this mini fleet of ships alongside the embarkadero. The fleet keeps growing and includes a variety of sailboats, a ferry boat, a submarine and a ship featured in a Hollywood film. Lots of interesting displays and historic memorabilia. Look for special programs onboard including films shown on the lowered sails on hot summer nights.... More

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Galena, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very informative for the youngsters. Easy parking. Not too big that you lose interest. Easy access for handicapped. Near downtown' so there is always the next stop close by.

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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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122 reviews 122 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The variety of the ships was great and being able to walk through them at your leisure was also great. Take time to look at everything and take it in.

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