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Big Bay Whale Days Celebration Coming to Broadway Pier

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A free, family event that celebrates San Diego’s beloved whale watching season is coming to the Port of San Diego’s waterfront. (Courtesy: Hornblower Cruises & Events)A free, family event that celebrates San Diego's beloved whale watching season is coming to the Port of San Diego's waterfront.

The 5th annual Big Bay Whale Days Festival takes place on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the forecourt of the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 1000 North Harbor Drive.

The Port is the title sponsor of the event, which ties together the Port's missions of community service, environmental stewardship and recreation.

Whale watching season has become one of San Diego's favorite recreational events. From late December to early April, Port tenants offer day cruises that take residents and tourists up close to thousands of migrating California Gray Whales. Their annual journey takes them from the Bering Sea, past the San Diego coast, to the protected warm waters off Baja, California.

During the 2012 season, local whale watching companies spotted an impressive variety of sea life including seven different species of whales, including the California Gray Whale, and four species of dolphins.

A variety of Port tenants are offering discounted fares on whale watching and bay cruises throughout the month of January.

Children 12 and younger can take a whale cruise for free aboard Hornblower Cruises & Events, Flagship Cruises & Events, and Next Level Sailing on board the famous historic ship America, with a paid adult ticket.

The USS Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego have admission specials as well.

Money-saving coupons to local restaurants and merchants, including a free appetizer at Anthony's Fish Grotto and free VIP shopping pass to Seaport Village can be downloaded at WhaleDays.com.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities Chula Vista, CoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of hundreds of tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.

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