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Maritime Museum of San Diego
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Ranked #18 of 452 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: Welcome aboard our floating compilation of adventure and history! Admission to the "Maritime Museum of San Diego" grants you access to one of the world's finest collections of historic sea vessels. Once on board our museum ships, you will find that we offer something for people of all ages. You not only get to explore our ships and submarines, the museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on art, maritime history, commerce and exploration. We also offer guided tours and host family friendly events regularly. Historic bay cruises run daily and can be added on to the price of admission for an extra nominal fee. There is no better way to spend the day than on the bay!
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Go early so you have the ships and submarines to yourself. We were there when it opened on a Monday morning and basically we were alone until a few hours later when we were leaving. If you park in the lot by the museum, have enough quarters to plug the meter. I think it is $.25 for 20 minutes. We were there for almost 3 hours and one ship, the "Surprise" was closed for renovations. If that one had been open I am sure we would have spent close to 4 hours. We walked all over The Star of India first. It had been many years since I was on the ship and so much has been added. If you do not have an interest in these old ships you can get through rather quickly. The Russian sub was definitely worth crawling through. If you don't like tight spaces or feel claustrophobic, skip the sub. The American sub, USS Dolfin, much smaller and more high tech, was also worth a walk through. No crawling through tight spaces in the Dolfin. Our last stop was the Berkley, a Steam Ferry that houses beautiful artwork, a viewing area where you can watch men building model ships, and many other items of historical significance.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We took our dads & they really enjoyed it. I loved it too, esp. the big boat. For an extra fee, you might even be able to go out to sea!

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

You think of a museum as a building with static exhibits, but that is not this one. The Maritime Museum has a big old sailing ship that is the oldest one still in service. There is a replica of a British Frigate that was used in Master and Commander. You will feel like you are ready to attack the French! Don't try to go through the Russian sub unless you are skinny and double jointed. No wonder those guys were crazy. LOL. Just go and have a great time and be sure to bring the kids.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised visiting this museum and found to be a great place to bring the family along. For the kids, make sure you ask for the question and "seek the answer to" sheet when you buy the tickets. Once filled out, bring it back to the ticket lady to get a prize from a treasure chest for a great souvenir. On the first white ship, there was a pirate there that kicked off the morning just right sending the kiddos on searching the first clues and setting the pace for the rest of the day. Thank you Pirate!. On that effect, we lost track of time and ended up staying most of the day. Submarines, interesting vessels and great fun, what's there to love? Everything! Great value for the price too.
Visit the cannons at the back by the California ship and look back toward the city great pictures of San Diego.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Several sailing vessels are on display, and a wide range of information to inform for the landlubber and sailor alike. Two subs are available for touring (difficult to access for those with walking difficulties), as well as the Star of India and the USS Surprise (which was closed during our visit, the one disappointment.) We spent a couple of hours, and could have stayed longer. Our young daughter had a terrific time!

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