I am a yacht owner and I can say this is one of the best maritime museums I have ever visited. Discounts are also available for AAA and seniors over 60 and if you buy a ticket, for $3 more you can add a very nice one hour bay cruise with vistas of the city, Coronado Island and, one of the active duty U.S. Navy carrier fleet. We saw the USS Nimitz as close as about anyone could.
At the museum you can wander through the turn of the century San Francisco ferry Berkeley which houses their collection of memorabilia, ship models, navigation instruments and art work. You can also board and walk around on the Star of India, oldest still sailing sailing ship in the world, a cold war era Russian sub and the deepest diving submarine, the Navy's Dolphin.
There are several other large and small sailing ships and steamers as well as a couple of America's Cup winners including the Stars and Stripes. The Surprise is a tall ship used in filming Master and Commander.
Volunteer docents are available to answer your questions and other volunteers are busy restoring and maintaining the ships. This is a great stop for families looking for activities along the San Diego waterfront.
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