San Diego Waterfront Walking Tour With USS Midway Ticket

Rich maritime history with some of the city’s best views

$65 per adult €60 per adult £51 per adult C$89 per adult A$97 per adult

$55 per child

€51 per child

£43 per child

C$76 per child

A$82 per child

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$65 per adult

€60 per adult

£51 per adult

C$89 per adult

A$97 per adult

$55 per child €51 per child £43 per child C$76 per child A$82 per child

$65 per adult €60 per adult £51 per adult C$89 per adult A$97 per adult

$55 per child

€51 per child

£43 per child

C$76 per child

A$82 per child

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  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top-rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

Highlights

  • Learn about San Diego’s 1750s military roots and its “Top Gun” connection.
  • Explore Tuna Harbor with views of the waterfront and the striking USS San Diego Memorial.
  • Admire art such as the Victory Kiss and the National Salute to Bob Hope.
  • Snap photos of the Instagrammable shops in Seaport Village.
  • Get insider tips and your ticket to visit the USS Midway, audio guide included.

What you'll do

Soak up the city’s rich maritime heritage with this immersive San Diego walking tour. You’ll discover how San Diego’s naval legacy started in 1759, why the “sails” of the San Diego Convention Center keep it green today, and where “Top Gun” was ...

Soak up the city’s rich maritime heritage with this immersive San Diego walking tour. You’ll discover how San Diego’s naval legacy started in 1759, why the “sails” of the San Diego Convention Center keep it green today, and where “Top Gun” was filmed.

Admire the architectural marvel of the Coronado Bridge, see the sustainable San Diego Convention Center, and stroll through the vibrant Seaport Village. Along the way, your guide will share stories of what you’re seeing, from the naval bases of Coronado Island to buildings that light up with different colors based on the weather forecast. Sights include Tuna Harbor, the USS San Diego Memorial, the iconic “Embracing Peace” sculpture, and the “National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military.”

Finally, board the USS Midway, the world’s longest-serving aircraft carrier. Dive into its rich history, from WWII to the Cold War as you explore 60 immersive exhibits, ranging from simulators and films to preserved rooms like the jail, engine room, sleeping quarters, and more. Your ticket and audio guide are included. Your guide will also share plenty of tips so you can make the most of your self-guided visit.

Itinerary

  • San Diego Convention Center

    With Teflon-covered “sails” facing the bay

  • Views of Coronado Island and Coronado Bridge

    Where you’ll learn about the island’s importance in naval history

  • Seaport Village

    A vibrant Instagrammable village of shopping and dining

  • Tuna Harbor

    Part of the city’s historic coal wharf

  • USS San Diego Memorial

    Honoring the distinguished service of the USS San Diego crew.

  • Victory Kiss sculpture

    A 25-foot statue that famously recreates the photo of a sailor embracing a woman in Times Square after the surrender of Japan in WWII

  • “National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military”

    Bronze figures showing service members in uniforms authentic to the various eras of Bob Hope’s career

  • “Top Gun” film site

    Where you’ll learn how “Top Gun” was filmed in and around San Diego

  • USS Midway

    The world’s longest-serving aircraft carrier, where you can explore the exhibits and rooms with your included ticket

Plan your trip

Tour ending point

This tour ends at the USS Midway.

Refund policy 24 hours prior to tour time

We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Merchant Seamen Monument.

The address is 100 The Embarcadero, San Diego, CA 92101. The monument is located on the north end of Embarcadero Marina Park North. Your guide will be wearing a blue ExperienceFirst shirt.

FAQs

How much walking is there?

This tour covers almost 2 miles at a leisurely pace. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the walking tour is accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers. The USS Midway is accessible to 60% of the attraction.

What is the rescheduling policy?

We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.

When should I get there?

Plan to show up 15 minutes early. The tour starts promptly, and you may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.

What if it rains?

Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.

Are gratuities included?

Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.

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