SPEND THE DAY ACROSS THE BAY WITH THE FERRY!
Before the completion of the Coronado Bridge in 1969, hopping on the ferry was how residents of Coronado would cross the bay into San Diego. Nowadays, it's still a popular (and fun!) option for residents and visitors alike, and can help you save on ride share fees. If you're coming into town soon, here's some recommendations on places to visit near the San Diego ferry ports!
There are three terminal ports that the ferry arrives and departs from - the Coronado Ferry Landing, Broadway Pier, and the Convention Center. Regardless of departure port, all ferry rides generally run about 15 minutes start to finish. You can check out the Ferry Schedule here!
Leave some room in your itinerary to check out the ferry landing itself; there's plenty of local flavor and cute shops to explore! Le Parfait Paris is a new addition to the Ferry Landing that brings Parisian taste to Coronado. Vom Fass and Coronado Tasting Room are interactive shopping experiences; taste and take home! If you're looking to update your wardrobe, Miss Match and Lisa's Boutique are local favorites for trendy clothing.
The Broadway Port and the Convention Center Port are a little over a mile apart from each other. They are within walkable distance of one another, so one option you have is to arrive at one and depart from the other if you find yourself closer to the other port throughout the day. The Broadway Port is the main Port of Operation for the Ferry; many other cruise ships and boats dock here. You'll find plenty of restaurants that are new to San Diego at this port as well - notably the ocean-overlooking Portside Pier.
Pro Tip: Wake up a bit early and ride for free!
This is an easy visit from the Broadway Port, and a perfect first stop upon deboarding. "The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climactic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months, but missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945. Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes." - Midway Museum.
The USS Midway website recommends you set aside at least 3-4 hours to explore every corner of this massive aircraft carrier. Same day re-entry is permitted as well, so you can take a break to grab some food. Check out over 30 restored aircrafts and helicopters and areas on the ship that the crew frequented such as the mess hall and chapels. If you're up for it, hop into one of the flight simulators!
Seaport Village is a short walk from both the Broadway and Convention Center Port. You could very easily spend the day here with all the activities, shops, and restaurants! One thing you'll probably notice on a clear, sunny day is all the kites being flown; there's a kite shop with every kite imaginable so you can join in on the fun! And if you're feeling the Christmas spirit year round, Santa's Workshop is always open for you to pick up seasonal themed ornaments. Mr. Moto's Pizza is a popular food spot here; like most of Seaport Village, this eatery is right on water's edge. So grab your slice and enjoy the view! Another highly acclaimed attraction is the carousel. For $4, enjoy this historic carousel that was hand-carved in 1895. This ride was originally built in New York by Charles I.D. Loofah and debuted in Dallas, Texas before spending time in Santa Monica, Spanaway Washington, Portland Oregon, Ohio, Burbank, and then Seaport Village - wow!
Besides the shops and food, Seaport Village is very scenic. Pictured is the centrally-located pond, where you'll find ducks roaming around and swimming. I've seen a whole bunch of baby ducks here before just wandering around Seaport Village - so cute! The pond is a perfect place to relax. And views of the San Diego Bay await you all around.
Spend some time in San Diego's always abuzz Gaslamp Quarter! Best known amongst locals for its nightlife, there's no shortage of things to do here even in the daytime. Dozens of restaurants from casual to upscale await you, with artisan markets and shopping outside to peruse when you're done. There's also plenty of historical buildings to check out while you're around - here's a link!
Events at Petco Park frequently attract thousands of visitors, many coming out of town just to attend the many games, concerts, and festivals held here. If Petco Park is on your list of things to do in San Diego, don't pay hefty parking fees or sit in traffic- take the Ferry to the Convention Center and walk right across the street to the stadium! Just be mindful of when the last ferry departs.