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San Diego HorsesThere are many outdoor activities available in California, but few rival the San Diego horseback riding opportunities. Indeed, this region offers great premises: a beautiful scenery, the warm weather that makes horseback riding possible all year round and welcoming farms with well trained horses and dedicated staff.

Not Just a Hobby, a Personal Journey Towards Self-Knowledge

Many parents bring their children to learn riding and equitation from a very young age. Currently, the youngest age for taking lessons is 7 in most San Diego horseback riding farms. They say that, by learning to win the trust of a horse, children will develop a strong sense of empathy and social skills that will serve them well in the future.

Horse riding is highly recommended for the harmonious physical development of children and a great way to spend more time outside in the middle of nature. In fact, exploring nature leisurely is the top motivation for most horseback riding clubs members. If a small part of them participate in competitions, most of them simply want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and a very special type of friendship - that with a reliable, discrete, smart and loyal horse.

San Diego Horseback Riding Farms and Their Impressive Services

Horses are magnificent animals. Besides their beauty, they are renowned for their intelligence and for the bond they form with their owners or riders. There are many wonderful activities involving horses available, including psychological therapy and horse petting for at-risk children, youths and adults.

Classic equitation courses for children and adults are organized as well, offering participants the chance to master the art of guiding a horse through various standard routines. Some of the most loyal members and guests of the local riding clubs and farms have noted an overall improved posture when standing or sitting and a higher sense of self-confidence and wellbeing.

From open field to track riding, you can enjoy the full experience of horse riding and become more confident in approaching various trails and your relationships. For children and teenagers, riding is a wonderful way to discover nature, learn more about horses and the environment and embrace a healthy and exciting outdoors activity.

The Power of Human-Horse Friendship

Above all, those who enjoy horseback riding appreciate the bond they create with their favorite horse. Most San Diego horseback riding farms have returning guests who book the same horse for their riding sessions and plan their next visits with great excitement.

Trainers actually recommend building a personal relationship of confidence with a single horse and learning, not just the art of riding, but also the art of communicating with the animal, understanding its moods and reacting accordingly, with understanding and empathy.

By making friends with a horse, you win a loyal and dedicated animal friend who will never betray you. You have the chance to enjoy this special friendship in the wonderful scenery of San Diego, horseback riding farms like Salisbury Farms welcoming you with heavenly landscapes, great services and well mannered, friendly horses.

Mormon Battalion San DiegoThis is a follow up to Top Ten Things To Do In San Diego Part 1.

#6 - East Coast comes West - Mission Beach

(3795 Mission Boulevard, San Diego)

Looking for a beach that is relaxed and laid back? Look again! Because Mission Beach is about the closest thing to a classic east coast beach like Atlantic City and Coney Island! Mission Beach is an action beach!

It’s true that with its designated surf areas and lifeguards year round from 9 am to dusk, many people do flock to Mission Beach to boost their tans and people watch (especially in the summer season when extra lifeguards man towers along the beach). But, as well as the usual beach activities, there is also a lot happening at Mission Beach.

In its early days, Mission Beach was home to a summer circus with all the fun of the fair – carousels and stalls. These days the party continues, though the surroundings are somewhat more sophisticated. There is a great night life here at Mission Beach with some of the hottest night clubs in the district and a pace that never stops.

A narrow concrete boulevard runs the length of Mission Beach which itself extends between three different areas:

North Mission Beach – this is where the summer circus began in days gone past. Now it is lined with funky apartments and equally funky clothing and gear stores;

Belmont Park – home of the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. This is a must-do for the family when you visit San Diego. There is nothing greater than a ride on a Roller Coaster by the sea!

South Mission Beach – here the pace slows a little and as you come to the end of the Boardwalk you will find a pier full of fishermen, so bring your line! Out from South Mission Beach is an artificial reef which has been created out of shipwrecks. So if you are a diver, bring your gear and explore this man-made diving mecca.

If you want to take some exercise – other than strolling through the wonderful shops, or swimming in the Pacific Ocean – grab your running shoes and head for the Boardwalk. You will see that there are orange strips on the beach wall. These are marked at quarter mile intervals. So you will be able to actually measure your run. Great for the enthusiast, and a boost for the would-be enthusiast who needs some focus! Mission Beach is two miles of shoreline … you can do the math! Or, hire some roller-skates and explore the Boardwalk on wheels. There’s one thing for sure, at Mission Beach you won’t be the only one doing something!
#7 - Where it all began - Cabrillo National Monument

 

(1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego 92106)

Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Park Service and covers 160 acres of native habitat with the Pacific Ocean to its west and San Diego Bay to its east, part of a larger area – 660 acres – at Point Loma, west of San Diego city.

The area was largely undeveloped until 1962 when a new superintendent, Thomas Tucker, took over control of the area. He was concerned that there was not a real awareness of what the Cabrillo National Monument commemorated and wanted to heighten awareness of locals and visitors to the area of some of the history which had led to the setting aside of the area for the Monument which, of course, commemorates the arrival in 1542 of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the West Coast of the USA.

The area itself begs to be preserved as it includes such varied terrain as to make it a safe sanctuary to a wide range of creatures with its rocky shorelines on the west home to marine plants and animals, and the ocean and air above both major migratory links.

If you take a self-guided two mile walk, for example, you will have views of San Diego Harbor and city skyline and, between December and March, there is a chance of spotting the Pacific Gray Whale as it passes by on its migration from Alaska to birth and rear its young in Baja California, Mexico.

Check at the Visitors Center for the tides, and then choose the right time to get the most out of your exploration of the tide pools which are abundant along the coastline.

It isn’t only at sea that you can witness great migrations, though. Cabrillo National Monument is on the Pacific Flyway which means that if you are a bird watcher, this is one great place to go and sit! There are over 200 species of birds recorded within the Cabrillo National Monument area.

For more information, take the short walk from the parking area to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which has been restored to its 1880’s appearance. The buildings associated with the lighthouse, including the lighthouse keeper’s quarters, are used these days to house the park ranger staff and the Visitor’s Center. Ranger guided presentations of the high caliber we have all come to enjoy through the National Park Service are on offer. Remember, if you are planning to do a short walk, wear sturdy closed-in footwear.

Within two years of Thomas Tucker taking over as Superintendent of Cabrillo National Monument, the Visitor’s Center was up and running alongside a 430 car parking area. San Diego residents and visitors alike are now able to reap the benefit of his wise foresight and enjoy this wonderfully diverse habitat.

Remember, Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Park Service. There are no food concessions on site, and you should take your own drinking water into the area, and picnic either before or after your visit rather than within the Park area itself. That will be your contribution to keeping this area a safe habitat for a wide number of birds and other creatures for generations to come!
#8 - Up close and personal with the Beluga and Friends - SeaWorld San Diego

 

(500 Sea World Drive, San Diego)

If it is a theme park attraction you are seeking, or just a great day out for the kids, then SeaWorld San Diego is a compulsory must-see! This animal theme park is also a marine mammal park so you can have loads of fun and also learn a little about some of the mammals who share the planet with us, even if we wouldn’t normally get up close and personal with them in our normal daily life! Want to know what I’m talking about – think close encounters of the exotic kind with penguins, belugas, dolphins and whales!

If wandering around a theme park is something you struggle with, check out the Bayside Skyride. This six minute gondola ride takes you over Mission Bay and, with its towers sitting at 80’, will give you great views all the way. Including of the water! This is the only skyride which carries its passengers over a body of salt water.

But if you are travelling with little kids, or you are a big kid yourself, then you will want to check out some of the fun rides that are up and going here at SeaWorld San Diego. Obviously, they will all have a sea-based theme and, yes, you can be sure to get wet on some of them – especially, the Shipwreck Rapids raft ride which will take you through the turtle exhibit and so educate you a little before hauling you under water falls! Don’t want to get wet? Walk right on past the Shipwreck Rapids ride!

It’s not all about getting wet, though. The latest ride addition to the Park is a rollercoaster. But not just any old rollercoaster! This Manta two minute ride is not for the fainthearted – it boasts drops of 54’. This may be the longest two minutes in your life!

If you survive that, though, it might be time for a stroll through Rocky Point Reserve with its entertaining bottle nose dolphins. This dolphin cove is a wonderful exhibit of this species and it is definitely somewhere you should spend some time even if you did come to SeaWorld San Diego predominantly for the adventure of the rides!

For a slower paced roller coaster action than the newly installed Manta, check out the Flume rollercoaster which has thrills and spills and climbs and plunges but also takes time to wind through rocky scenes and provide a narration of the story of Atlantis at the same time.

And if you weren’t satisfied with the view from the Bayside Skyride, step into the capsule of the 320 foot SeaWorld Sky Tower. The capsule will soar you to the top at the rate of 150 feet per minute (that’s fast!) and spin you slowly at the same time. The SkyTower has been in operation for some time, but was recently refurbished in 2002 and is somewhat of a ‘must-do’ icon for SeaWorld San Diego.

Some advice for your visit? As with all theme parks, take some snacks and drinks with you if you have the kids as the concession prices will be fairly steep and the range fairly limited, wear sensible footwear so you can enjoy all the activities on offer, and, above all, allow yourself plenty of time for maximum enjoyment.
#9 - Natural Testament to Survival - Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

(12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037)

Situated off Coast Highway 101 between La Jolla and Del Mar is Torrey Pines State Reserve, a State Natural Reserve.

Although the landscape here is extraordinary with its sea cliffs and lagoon providing a wonderful natural habitat for a wide range of bird and animal life, the Reserve is named after the rare pine tree, Pinus Torreyana. While the pine itself can live in other areas, the decision to preserve it in this area is based on the extraordinary fact that it can live in such conditions – perched on rocks and enjoying, at best, drought conditions.

The Torrey Pines were named after a leading botanist in the late 1800’s who never actually visited the area. A Botanist in the area as part of the US-Mexico boundary survey wanted to protect the pines, because of the rarity of the condition they live in with hardly any soil. The City Council was persuaded in 1899 to set aside 364 acres as a public park and over the years more land, including the cliffs with the Torrey Pines, was added.

Apart from the pine trees, though, Torrey Pines State Reserve is a wilderness in an urban sea and home to one of the last salt marshes and water fowl refuges in Southern California. The lagoon is vital in order for the successful migration of the seabirds that pass through this area.

Because of the fragility of the ecosystem which keeps all these things alive and thriving – animal and birdlife and trees – there is no camping and no picnics allowed in the area and you will be encouraged on your visit to explore within the eight miles of laid out trails, though the area itself consists of 2,000 acres. Check at the Visitor Center for more details of the trails as there is work continually being done to keep them in a safe condition for use and from time to time rock falls do close off areas of the reserve. The Visitor Center will also be able to guide you as to what you might to expect to see on a certain trail which is useful, particularly if you have limited time available.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you may also find it interesting to take in the view from the Torrey Pines State Reserve of another natural phenomenon. The Carmel Valley Faultline is quite easily seen in the cliffs. The Park Rangers will be able to show you the best viewing places for this faultline and others which pass through the Reserve.

Remember, wear sturdy shoes for your walking within the reserve, take layers of clothing if you plan to sit and watch the birdlife for any period of time, and carry in water only to drink. Preserving this area is arguably more important now than it was to the botanists in the 1800’s who had the foresight to set aside the area for us to enjoy today.
#10 - Follow the March - Mormon Battalion Historic Site

 

(2510 Juan Street, San Diego, CA 92110)

Motivated by a desire to leave Illinois and find a more welcoming and friendly home in Utah, a group of Mormons came to an agreement that their move would be supported by the leaders of the day in exchange for some service to the US Army.

And so it happened that during the American-Mexican war, there was one religious based battalion in action – the Mormon Battalion. This volunteer unit, with a Mormon officer leading but under a Union commander, marched 2,000 miles from Iowa to San Diego, a march which was particularly significant for the American Union as it secured much of the south west and opened up wagon routes. On arrival in San Diego in 1847, the Battalion worked alongside other Union soldiers to build the city’s first court house. Before their part in the arrangement was completed, they continued on to their intended final destination of Salt Lake City. No members of the Battalion were injured or killed in any battles on the way and many civilians (women and children) accompanied the march.

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site Monument was established in 1940 and a Visitor Center at the site was erected in 1960. Originally, the site was very much a place for the Church of Latter Day Saints to educate visitors to their own origins, but in 2010 the Visitor Center re-opened with an emphasis on sharing also the history of the region with less emphasis on the religious aspect.

On arrival at the Site you will be greeted by guides dressed in replica period costume and taken on a tour which uses state of the art interactive displays. On entering a large reception room, you will notice a wall of framed portraits. These images embrace the latest digital technology and interact in conversation with the guide while telling the story of the part that they played in the Mormon Battalion, including the march and other events around the time. The characters literally bring to life their story.

After passing through the room, the story is taken up again with the introduction of the gold panning exhibit which is considered to be one of the most authentic available for public viewing as you are whisked into the history of the era which included, of course, the somewhat frenzied and exciting gold rush period.

There is an opportunity to pan for gold, make bricks and try on replica period clothing at the conclusion of the tour. This is an educational activity which is very popular with district schools as it relays in an easily understood and interesting way a segment of history from the area. The activity is also provided at no charge by the Church of Latter Day Saints and you should not be surprised, for that reason, to also be given an insight into the beliefs and mechanisms of that Church during your tour.

This very popular activity is open from 9 am to 9 pm. The use of technology provides quite a wow factor for what could otherwise be a very dull historical narrative! There are some great photo opportunities at the gold panning exhibit, so remember your cameras!

San Diego - Mission BayAh, San Diego. Sprawling alongside the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to the Mexican border, San Diego is a city that is now as American as apple pie …

The eighth largest city in the United States, and the second largest in California, a State which joined the Union to become part of the United States following the American/Mexican War, in 1850. From 1821 to 1850, though, it was part of what is now Mexico.

Julian Cabrillo claimed the area for Spain in 1542, but the Native American Kumeyaay were already inhabiting the area, with the natural environment providing them with a fairly comfortable existence with the proximity of seafood as well as land resources which they utilized fully. Despite their existence, however, their only real encroachment on the land was from small fires they used for everyday activities.

The unspoiled area which Cabrillo claimed, then, lent itself well to the development which is seen today. San Diego has a population of some 1.3 million and has built its economy on natural assets such as its deep water harbor (providing a base for the Navy since 1901), and its mild year round climate which is what makes it so attractive to the 30 million people who annually make a visit to the region.

Don’t be misled by thinking that the lack of skyscrapers on the skyline signifies a lack of financial security here in California – San Diego’s international trade and manufacture boosts an economy already well placed with its military and defense related industries, together with tourism. And, actually, it is Civil Aviation rulings which account for the building heights. San Diego’s international airport is conveniently closer to the city than some airports you may have visited.

With the San Diego River running from east to west across the city, and the downtown area framing the harbor, San Diego is a great backdrop for the photographers and a fun city for both visitors and residents alike.

So let’s take a look at what people, when they get the chance, get out and do in San Diego!

Top Ten Things to Do in San Diego

1. From scrub to Urban City Park - Balboa Park

2. Wander with the Peacocks and check out the Pandas - San Diego Zoo

3. Walk in the Footsteps of 225,000 Service Men and Women - USS Midway Museum

4. Take me to the Ballgame - Petco Park

5. History Afloat - Maritime Museum of San Diego

6. East Coast comes West - Mission Beach

7. Where it all began - Cabrillo National Monument

8. Up close and personal with the Beluga and Friends - SeaWorld San Diego

9. Natural Testament to Survival - Torrey Pines State Reserve

10. Follow the March - Mormon Battalion Historic Site
#1 - From Scrub to Urban City Park - Balboa Park

 

(1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101)

In 1868 1,400 acres of land was set aside as a ‘City Park’. The vision of the forefathers, though, stopped short about there and it wasn’t until 1892 when a woman by the name of Kate Sessions came to an agreement with the City that she would donate 100 trees per year in exchange for 32 acres of land within the park’s boundary upon which she wished to use to establish a commercial nursery.

Many of those original trees still exist in today’s Balboa Park, although the total acreage of the Park is now slightly smaller, at 1,200 acres. Kate Sessions is still remembered, having been named ‘Mother of Balboa Park’ at the California/Pacific International Exposition in 1935. And it is fair to say that her contribution certainly not only put the Park on the map, but also assisted San Diego’s rise to prominence as well. The Park, the city fathers realized, was more than just a green open space.

In 1905, a tax was levied for development of the Park and over the following seven years much work was done to create what is now an urban cultural park, although in the beginning it was more about creating a space for Expositions, the first of which – the Panama Exposition - was held in 1915. The name change from City Park to Balboa happened in time for the opening of the Exposition, and Balboa was chosen in honor of the first European to spot the Pacific Ocean, Spain’s Vasco Nunez de Balboa.

Much of what is enjoyed in the Park today is as a result of those early Expositions. Many of the buildings were temporary in design, but have been reconstructed over the years. Examples of these, which can be seen today, are the California Tower and Dome (which houses the San Diego Museum of Man), a 1,500 foot bridge (Cabrillo Bridge), and one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs, Spreckels Organ Pavilion. San Diego Museum of Art – the oldest and largest in the region – is also here in Balboa Park, having been built in 1926.

With such a large area, you may want to consider exploring with a tour. These leave from the Visitors Center and include ranger-led tours on Tuesdays and Sundays, or one hour walks led by volunteers every Saturday which follow a theme – for example, history, trees. There are also Trail Walks on the second Wednesday of each month.

Balboa Park is home to 15 museums, many places to eat, and even the San Diego Zoo. But if it is culture you are looking for, check out the Old Globe Theater and the Spanish Village Art Center with its 35 working studios, or, on a Sunday, a free organ concert.

But don’t forget, a lot of what you see today is as a result of the inspirational idea of Kate Sessions, so be sure to check out some of the wonderful living specimens in the Park – from cactus gardens, to the Palm canyon, to the Trees for Health Garden. And yes, many of those original trees are still alive. There is definitely something for everyone to see and enjoy at Balboa Park.
#2 - Wander with the Peacocks and check out the Pandas - San Diego Zoo

(2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101)

With its 4D theater, Dr. Zoolittle Children’s Shows on weekends and holidays, this is a definite must-see if you have little ones with you.

San Diego Zoo is situated within the Balboa Park, and, as with the Park itself, owes much for its development to the early Expositions. Abandoned exotic animal enclosures after the 1915 Panama-California Exposition were the original inspiration for the Zoo which would open in 1921 and which now has a display of over 800 species and 4,000 animals in total. Of particular note is, of course, the Giant Panda – San Diego Zoo is one of the few places in the world where you can see this glorious animal up close.

The Children’s Zoo with its turtles, tortoises, hummingbird, insect and reptile displays are great for the small ones, but if it is the Pandas you must see on this visit to San Diego Zoo, go early – they are, of course, a very big crowd drawer. The Panda Canyon has three Giant Pandas, but they do share their enclosure with other creatures of interest, including the Red Panda – which isn’t actually a panda at all, but in fact related to the raccoon.

The Giraffe Experience is another favorite at San Diego Zoo which is home to a number of African Masai giraffe. These giraffe have an oak leaf pattern and the same long dark tongue of their relatives elsewhere. Take the opportunity to feed them – now that’s something you can’t do every day!

The Elephant Odyssey is a very educational display as it provides a very visual opportunity to travel back to meet extinct animals through the display of fossils and other archaeological finds, and then brings you to meet their descendants today.

With over 100 acres to cover, there is plenty to see as you wander with the free roaming peacocks to keep you company – but for an excellent overview, take a ride across the park on the sky tram!

It would be easy to spend four or five hours at the San Diego Zoo. Remember, the entrance fee and the on-site concession food stands are quite pricey (and the food range fairly limited), so you may want to consider packing your own snacks and drinks for the visit. There is free parking available and, if you have family in the military be sure to ask for your discounted entry fee.

And don’t forget, if it’s the Giant Pandas or the Polar Bears which are to be the highlights of your visit, get there early!
#3 - Walk in the Footsteps of 225,000 Service Men and Women - USS Midway Museum

(910 North Harbor, San Diego)

If you like to add a little history to a visit, or add to the education of your kids while they are on vacation, the USS Midway Museum is a must-see on your next visit to San Diego.

The USS Midway Museum is the most visited floating ship museum in the world – boasting some 800,000 guests in its first year as a ‘museum’ in 2004 - and a visit aboard should definitely not be rushed. Allow 3-4 hours so that you can explore what is, in essence, a ‘floating city’. And while you wander through tight quarters, check out the crew’s sleeping arrangements, and climb steep stairs, it is worth remembering that 225,000 men and women have served aboard the Midway! This is no display case – this is the real thing!

Yes, the USS Midway may be safely moored in its San Diego home, but it has played a major part in United States Naval history, including serving during the Vietnam War. This enormous vessel took just 17 months to build and when it was launched, in 1945, was the largest ship in the world.

With its four acre flight deck, there is an excellent opportunity to get up close to 25 restored aircraft which have been used in action from World War II through to Operation Desert Storm. So much history all in one stop! Restoration is ongoing, and the USS Midway is playing an enormous part in preserving history for generations to come, and making it accessible to all.

If you have time, take a tour with one of the Volunteer Guides. With maritime backgrounds, you will discover not only facts and figures but also enjoy personal anecdotes and humorous accounts from some who have in fact called Midway home during parts of their careers. Alternatively, take a self-guided audio tour and make your own way around – this is a good option if you don’t think you will be comfortable climbing the steep stairs, or being in somewhat confined spaces.

If all you have seen and learnt has you yearning for more, check out one of the three flight simulators for a touch of virtual reality!

Remember, the USS Midway is on the water and it can be cooler there than on land, so bring an extra layer of clothing. Comfortable footwear is a must, too, if you are to get around the vessel easily – best to leave the high heels at home for this adventure!
#4 - Take me to the Ball Game - Petco Park

(100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101)

This open air ballpark in downtown San Diego is the home of The Padres. Opening in 2004, the Park was immediately claimed as ‘the world’s best ballpark’ – not surprising given that as well as being new, well thought out, and colored to mirror San Diego’s sailing boats, sea and sand, but largely because of its stunning views of San Diego’s downtown skyline.

The main reason for this, and also unfortunately for the delay in opening the Park, is a historical building on the site. Initially this was to be demolished, but it was instead restored (and now houses lounges and team facilities). This caused a change to the format of the stadium, and the result is main seating which looks across the field, but then beyond to downtown San Diego. It truly is spectacular!

Behind the outfield, there is also a park within the park which is open to the public when games are not in play, and which provides a great place for the kids. You can even take your dog! The seats back here in the outfield are cheap, like they are at most stadiums, but also have a decent view. This really is a people’s park.

More than a people’s Park, though, Petco – a major pet supplier – bought the naming rights to the stadium and holds ‘pet adoption’ Sundays at the park, another entertaining San Diego activity in a class of its own!

Live shows are also held at the Park, including the Rolling Stones in 2005. But to really get a feel for the atmosphere of what Petco Park is all about, try and get to a game. Now the Padres may not be your home team, but the views will be spectacular and the entertainment cannot be faulted. Fireworks light up the San Diego sky and foghorns blast for home team home runs and it is impossible to miss the action with 244 high definition televisions and another 500 standard definition television monitors scattered around the stands and amongst the concessions. There’s little chance, either, that you will miss the commentary – 500 computer controlled speakers will not leave you guessing!

So far only one game has succumbed to the weather elements and been postponed due to rain, but it is fair to say that a night at a ballgame in the mild Californian climate with the backdrop of San Diego’s skyline is a very pleasant way to spend some time …. and be entertained!
#5 - History Afloat - Maritime Museum of San Diego

(1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101)

Established in 1948, the Maritime Museum of San Diego boasts one of the largest collections of historic vessels in the United States of America.

Check out the local guide to find out if there are any public events at the Maritime Museum which coincide with your stay in San Diego. There are regulars which are a lot of fun for the whole family – The ‘Chocolate Festival’ and the ‘Pirate Buccaneer Birthday Bash’ to name a couple. There is also an opportunity to have a family sleepover on the Star of India – the oldest sea-going sailing vessel (1,197 ton) built at Ramsey on the Isle of Man, UK, in 1863.

Along with the interactive exhibits, there are also sailing adventures which depart regularly from the Museum. You can choose from a four hour cruise aboard the tall ship ‘Catalina’ with its 7,000 square foot of canvas, and 145 feet in length, or take a 45 minute historic harbor cruise aboard the sturdy 1914 Pilot Boat.

Also on display are the following vessels:

Berkeley (1898) – the first successful propeller driven steam ferry;

Californian (1984) - a replica of a mid 19th century revenue cutter;

Medea (1904) – a steam yacht from luxurious days gone by, with trimmings displaying its wealth;

USS Dolphin – a navy submarine which holds the record for the deepest dive;

HMS Surprise (1970) – a replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate;

B39 – a Soviet attack submarine

This is a great activity that will fill your mind and exercise your body! Wear sturdy shoes as you will be walking and climbing, and if you are taking the opportunity to cruise on the harbor, don’t forget to take the sunscreen!

The Maritime Museum of San Diego strives to replicate and educate and it is certainly successful with its professional and well-maintained facility. Boosting its profile as a fun place to visit has seen the creation of family-oriented programs and many district schools regularly visit. And if you are a sailor yourself and think that you know all that there is to know about ropes and how to tie them, you may be interested to know that there is another knot that gets tied regularly at the Maritime Museum with its $400 Wednesday wedding ceremonies causing quite a stir!

 

Be sure to check out part 2 of this series.