Seaport Village, San Diego

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Seaport Village, San Diego: Our most recommended tours and activities

90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

1. 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing tour. See the best of San Diego on land and in the water. Take a seat on the San Diego SEAL tour, an adventure that takes you through the most interesting sights in the city before heading out into the harbor of San Diego. Your 90-minute fully-narrated tour will wind through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing into the water for a cruise of San Diego Bay. On land, you will pass the Embarcadero and San Diego International Airport. You will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the scenic coast. Once you splash into the Big Bay, you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of a virtually unsinkable Hydra-Terra. Driven by our experienced captains, these amphibious vehicles are specially designed and built to navigate on both sea and land. Each one is Coast Guard approved and meets all passenger vehicle and department of transportation requirements to ensure safety and comfort for all. Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL journeys through San Diego by land and sea. Our unique amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Relax and enjoy amazing views during the best sightseeing adventure in San Diego.

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San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

2. San Diego: City Lights Night Tour

Your 90-minute night tour boards in Seaport Village and starts off by exploring the West Coast’s premier entertainment district, known as the Gaslamp Quarter, full of vibrant nightlife, bright lights, and Victorian architecture.   Then, make your way to Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., where stunning buildings, fountains, and statues glow bright at night. From Balboa Park, drive to the top of Coronado Bridge for more spectacular sights, including the lights coming in from Tijuana, Mexico, the bay, and Downtown San Diego. Then, travel to Coronado’s Ferry Landing for a 20-minute stop to take in the stunning beauty of the San Diego city skyline, visible from across the bay and a perfect photo opportunity. From Coronado, make your way back to San Diego to take in the Embarcadero’s bay-front views. You’ll see the Historic County Administration Building, Maritime Museum’s Star of India, the USS Midway Museum, and Navy aircraft carriers from across the bay. The tour ends in Seaport Village, where guests are invited to the Top of the Hyatt for 50% off a glass of wine.

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Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

3. Luxury GPS Talking Tour Car: Balboa & Downtown

Experience San Diego like never before, and in the upmost style, with a 2020 talking Vanderhall car. The GoCar Exotic gets 30 mph, and goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. You'll be able to see some of the greatest sights San Diego has to offer from a comfortable seat, with your car telling you all about the most important sights. From the stunning Balboa park which is littered with Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, to over a dozen museums, colorful flower gardens, and more - you'll see it all from your storytelling car. Explore the diverse and beautiful downtown San Diego at its finest, from the Maritime Museum to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. You'll also pass by Little Italy, the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, Bankers Hill, San Diego Zoo, Hillcrest Neighborhood and so much more.

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San Diego: Self Guided E-Bike Tour

4. San Diego: Self Guided E-Bike Tour

Ride with ease to the best parts of San Diego on an e-bike. Experience the iconic sights of Downtown, Balboa, and the Old Town, with plenty of time to explore all three. See all the major attractions on a prepared route, or venture out on your own. Begin your journey in San Diego's Old Town and take your time at the Maritime Museum, known for its bold restorations and interesting exhibits. Navigate through the unique Horton Plaza Mall and the Gaslamp Quarter to make your way to the rest of Downtown. Peruse Balboa Park by foot and breathe in the fresh air and beautiful sights and sounds. Take the option to enter some of the many museums or smell the roses in the Rose Garden with over 800 different varieties. Grab a bite to eat at an authentic Mexican food restaurant after meandering through many of the city's historic buildings. Visit the spookiest location, the Whaley House, named one of America's most haunted houses. Stop and take pictures, try different foods, drink and relax, and truly discover why San Diego is America's Finest City.

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San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

5. San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

Discover the bright skies and gentle ocean breezes along San Diego's coast on this private tour. Stop at many different beaches and bays along the Pacific Ocean. Each beach has its own distinct Southern California beach culture, from skaters on boardwalks to secluded beaches and laid-back hang-outs where surfers rule the waves. Your private tour of the San Diego Coast visits the finest coastal stretches to discover the heart and soul of this coastal city. First stop will be the white sands of Coronado Island, home to the haunted Hotel Del Coronado, and boasting quintessential San Diego seaside allure. Next, Ocean Boulevard evokes the era of Marilyn Monroe, who famously filmed "Some Like It Hot" here in 1958. Next, on to Seaport Village, where a picturesque century-old harbor boasts numerous seafood bistros and waterfront cafes. Then, along the Point Loma Peninsula’s western shoreline, discover the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. This encompasses native coastal scrub, dramatic cliff formations, craggy caves, intertidal lagoons, and mesmerizing panoramic ocean views. Your tour continues on to Ocean Beach, with its laid-back rhythm. It has a vintage SoCal hippy vibe with surf shops, taco stands, microbreweries, and dog-friendly beaches. Here, you can enjoy a pit-stop at one of the many beachside eateries, or wait until you hit the crashing waves of the Pacific Beach. Serious surfers head to Pacific Beach - or “PB” as the locals call it - for an electric party atmosphere, glowing bonfires, and excellent swells. Your final stop is La Jolla, a scenic stretch dubbed ‘Paradise by the Sea’. Sheltered by a 300-ft rocky bluff, it's home to seals, sea lions, numerous seabirds, lush beach flora, and a wide sweep of soft honey-colored sand.

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San Diego: Driving Day Tour with GoCar Luxury

6. San Diego: Driving Day Tour with GoCar Luxury

See every inch of wonderful San Diego in a unique and fun way by going on the all day Everything Tour with GoCar. Let the car be your guide with onspot GPS and story telling features. See the historic Old Town, Point Loma Ecological Preserve, Ocean Beach, and so much more. Witness history at the Gaslamp Quarter, window shop at the iconic Horton Plaza, and stroll through the aromatic rose garden of Balboa Park. Find the natural beauty of the Point Loma Ecological Preserve. Wade in tide pools and see sea anemones, crabs, lobster, fish, and the occasional lucky octopus. Walk along Ocean Beach and through San Diego's famous Maritime Museum. Take in the vibe of Old Town and see how San Diego has changed over the centuries.

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San Diego: Private Walking Tour with USS Midway Tickets

7. San Diego: Private Walking Tour with USS Midway Tickets

Explore San Diego with its beautiful sun-soaked beaches and fascinating cultural heritage. Take a walk with an expert guide to Santa Fe Depot, US Grant Hotel, Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Seaport Village, and USS Midway Museum. Begin the walking tour at the Santa Fe Depot, an elegant railroad station built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Renowned for its soaring towers and tiled domes, this reminder of California's Spanish heritage reflects the Colonial Revival architectural style. Admire the redwood beam ceilings hung with bronze chandeliers. Learn about the history of the indigenous Kumeyaay peoples and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's claim of San Diego Bay's discovery, some 200 years before Europeans settled the area. Head to your next stop, the US Grant Hotel, a building of Art Deco glamor that has welcomed guests for over 100 years. Famed as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the lobby is adorned with Empire-era furnishings that reflect the style of Ulysses S. Grant Jr., who built the hotel to honor his father, the 18th president. Continue to the Gaslamp Quarter, where a buzzing collection of tequila bars, taco restaurants and funk boutiques form the city’s urban playground. Next, pass by Petco Park, the sporting home of the San Diego Padres, before heading to the many eateries at Seaport Village for lunch by the picturesque century-old harborside. End the tour at the USS Midway Museum. Say goodbye to your guide and climb aboard this former US Navy aircraft carrier for a self-guided audio discovery of the life of an enlisted sailor.

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What people are saying about Seaport Village, San Diego

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 439 reviews

We took our 6 year old twin grandsons and 3 year old granddaughter on the Seal Tour. We sat up front so we could see the pictures and objects the tour guide shared and they were captivated the entire time. We learned about the naval boats we passed, the dolphin training facility and we traveled quite closely to the floating platform that the sea lions and seabirds love to camp out on. The guide was very entertaining and informative, asked the kiddos questions, qne was patient with their questions. Our grandkids loved to see how the bus turned into a boat and back again. It was a great experience for all of us. Please tell everyone that they need to BE AT THE BUS BOARDING AREA 30 MINUTES AHEAD OF TIME. Even though you have paid for your tickets ahead of time, the service will sell some others your spot if you are not there no less than 30 minutes ahead of time. No real big communication or posting of this anywhere!!

We had a beautiful day to enjoy our SEAL Harbor Tour - the sun was shining, the water was calm and the temperatures were perfect! My husband and I enjoyed hearing about the city and how much of the bay was dredged and islands built. When our "car" turned into a "boat" on the bay it was really fun- Seeing San Diego and the surrounding areas from the water, learning about the different activities that were happening around us and even seeing a young porpoise being trained by her Navy handler all made for a very pleasurable experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to people of all ages, those who live locally as well as those visiting the area!

Very nice experience, I loved when we drove into the water just got a little scared when we were going through all the waves. The sea lions did stink but that was to be expected. The experience was nice, but on land it was a bit cold with all the cold air driving, but overall I would definitely recommend it to others.

Wonderful tour! Amy did a beautiful job at describing the area and educating us on the rich history of downtown San Diego and the military presence of the bay. I highly recommend this tour!

Our travel guide was very knowledgeable & entertaining.