10 Best Attractions near the San Diego Cruise Port

Do plan time before or after your cruise to explore San Diego. The B Street Terminal Cruise Port enjoys a prime downtown San Diego location, a short distance away from Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter and even the Point Loma neighborhood. Translation: Take advantage of the fact you'll already be in the thick of things.

Attractions on this list include a few tours that can give cruisers without the luxury of several days in San Diego a quick overview of the city. While Another Side of San Diego can arrange basically anything you'd like from Segways to helicopter tours, hopping on and off the signature orange Old Town Trolley is easy, because it stops in front of the Maritime Museum, also a must-see. The trolley tours are a hop on and hop off situation, taking guests to Old Town or even as far north as scenic La Jolla.

Or, hop on a SEAL Tour. The funky, amphibious bus-boats start on land, touring a number of San Diego's photo-worthy sights and end up in the San Diego Bay where guests enjoy almost eye-level photos with wildlife, including seals and sea lions.

Whether your stay in San Diego is long or just a few hours, an attraction or two on this list will keep you happily occupied.



Hornblower Cruises in San Diego can handle everything from weddings to birthday parties to just a nice evening for two out on the San Diego Bay. Dinner cruises depart nightly and last for 3 hours. Cruises leave from San Diego Grape Street pier...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
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Don't leave San Diego without visiting the Cabrillo National Monument, perched high on the cliffs at the end of the Pt. Loma peninsula. You'll be awed by the spectacular view onto San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, and the mountains looming...  Read More



The New Children's Museum re-opened in 2008 with a motto of think, play and create, which is exactly what kids do here. What is different about The New Children's Museum is that they specifically commission works of art with tactile features...  Read More



If it's major league baseball time, why not grab some tickets to a Padres home game at PETCO park if they're in town? Not only does PETCO park have the best sight lines in baseball, there's also great views of San Diego from some spots....  Read More



Quite possibly the largest tour company in San Diego, Another Side Of San Diego Tours can customize any itinerary you'd like from shopping tours to VIP helicopter or hot air balloon tours. They've got wine tasting, horseback riding, hiking,...  Read More



Need to grab some San Diego souvenirs? Seaport Village is an entertainment complex located on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Full of casual dining from sit-down steak and seafood at Edgewater Grill to a casual bag of popcorn to-go from a...  Read More



The orange and green trolleys have been touring San Diego for over 20 years. Trolleys depart every 30 minutes from 11 stops (covering over 100 points of interest), so guests can hop on and off at their leisure. The trolleys are eco-friendly as...  Read More



This is San Diego's only bus-boat amphibious tour. You start out on land at Seaport Village, traversing bayside roads as you listen to interesting and witty commentary about San Diego history, wildlife, the military and more. Then the Coast...  Read More

Maritime Museum of San Diego


The Maritime Museum is home to one world's most impressive collections of historic ships. The Star of India (1863) is the oldest active ship in the world. The Berkeley is an 1898 steam ferryboat. The tall ship Californian was built for the 1984...  Read More



Just a few minutes walk from the cruise port, the aircraft carrier USS Midway, which served from 1945-1992, offers a fascinating glimpse into life aboard a giant ship. Take the self-guided audio tour through the ship, then check out some two...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie