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a sunny day with blue skies looking at the green grass of Lane Field Park

The Embarcadero: Insider’s Guide to Exploring San Diego’s Front Porch

Experiences

The Embarcadero is the perfect place to Discover Your #Wonderfront - a special part of San Diego where the bay and the city flow together seamlessly. The Embarcadero merges San Diego’s rich history with breathtaking waterfront views. Take in our favorite attractions:

A view looking from the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum towards downtown San Diego.

1) Stop by the USS Midway Museum, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that served in the US Navy for over 40 years! Named after the Battle of Midway in 1942, this beautifully restored museum is a special home to much of our naval history, and contains more than 30 restored aircraft, along with almost 10 acres of exhibits. A fundamental part of our history and city, the USS Midway Museum is a must see attraction that encompasses the spirit of American freedom. 

Insiders Tip: Avoid lines at the ticket booth and get yours online instead! Also, located in the main hangar are several advanced flight simulators that you can ride for a small fee, which will allow you to experience what it’s like to be in control of an aircraft. Pretty cool! 

a view from the roof line of a courtyard with people in it at Seaport Village

 2) If shopping and dinner with a view are more your pace, don’t miss out on Seaport Village, a prime downtown San Diego destination with scenic views. Check out the street performers and artists on the boardwalk, or grab a bite of some fresh, local seafood from one of many highly frequented restaurants. Filled with the rich heritage of San Diego, Seaport Village remains a staple of the Embarcadero for those who wish to enjoy amazing waterfront views along with fresh seafood, vibrant art, and an unmatchable ambiance. 

Insiders Tip: Enjoy live music on Sunday afternoons, and get your parking validated with a purchase at any shop for a serious discount! During the Wonderfront Festival November 22-24, the parking lot will be turned into a concert venue, along with five other locations along the waterfront, so be sure to plan on taking public transportation or rideshare!

a sunny day with blue skies looking at the green grass of Lane Field Park

 3) Visit Lane Field Park, the first home of the San Diego Padres! In addition to the beautiful scenery and ocean views, this historic park hosts an outdoor market every Sunday, where guests can enjoy different foods, drinks, arts, and live music! Located right on the Embarcadero waterfront, this lively park is the perfect place for families to picnic and enjoy vast open grass areas while getting some sunshine and sea breeze.

Insiders Tip: Find the home plate where San Diego ball playing began. The park is on the site of Lane Field, a former baseball stadium which was home to the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League from 1936 through 1957.

A woman with blonde hair looks through the periscope at an exhibit at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

 4) The Maritime Museum of San Diego is a can’t miss destination on your tour of San Diego’s Embarcadero. Committed to maintaining antique seaworthy vessels, this museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of historic ships, including the Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship. Take a tour of the museum’s exhibits and go back in time to discover the history of mankind’s quest to conquer the seas. 

Insiders Tip: After you purchase your general admission ticket, take a 45- or 75-minute historic bay tour aboard the restored Vietnam-era PCF 816 Swift Boat or the 1914 Pilot boat for only $10 more. 

 

the front of the Port Pavilion/Broadway Pier artwork at dusk

5) A true gem of the Embarcadero, the Broadway Pavilion View Court offers guests scenic waterfront views of the bay, and also serves as an event venue, cruise ship terminal, and public gathering space. Integrated into the building itself is an art installation named ‘Tidal Radiance’. Created by public artist and lighting designer Leni Schwendinger, this beautiful installation showcases lights of all different colors on the front of the building, and also includes a unique light garden which is projected onto the path along the side of the building. 

Insiders Tip: Broadway Pier is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, and if there is a private event going on, feel free to stop by the Sunset Patio, the site of the old Bay Cafe. 

Do you have an insider’s tip that helps you get around the Embarcadero? Share your knowledge on social media and tag @portofsandiego #Wonderfront #Embarcadero. Learn more at portofsandiego.org/wonderfront.