Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Walk the Embarcadero along Harbor Drive and the airport

Stop at the Star of India, USS Midway Museum, Tuna Harbor, Marine Park and enjoy great views

San Diego Harbor not only bounds downtown to the west, it also marks the edge of a rich habitat. As you look out to the bay, you can see Coronado/North Island. Technically, the “island” is an isthmus, connected to the mainland along the Silver Strand, a natural yet narrow barrier that protects the harbor from the pounding waves of the ocean. The barrier creates a calm bay used for commerce, military, and recreation for over a century and has been a sanctuary for wildlife for over a millennium.

There are many places you can start, but if you park in the small parking lot near Laurel Street, a sign provides the names and pictures of the wildlife you might see. There are shorebirds like the black skimmer, brown pelican, California gull, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, least tern, lesser scaup, light-footed clapper rail, marbled godwit, peregrine falcon, surf scoter, western grebe, and western sandpiper. On the near shore, you might see marine mammals like the harbor seal and sea lion, or mollusks like the California mussel in beds on piers and rocks. Far more wildlife lives beneath the surface, such as barred sand bass, bonito, brittle stars, and yellowfin croaker. Keep an eye out, because you never know what you might see.

Heading south, the first sights are the airplanes landing. This is how many contemporary travelers arrive on the shoreline. For out-of-town guests or residents looking to explore, you could start this tour at the airport. The Embarcadero walkway runs along Harbor Drive just outside the airport.

Place

San Diego Maritime Museum

1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

The Embarcadero offers a concrete paved walkway that runs right along the waterfront. The first stop is the Maritime Museum, where the Star of India, the ferry Berkeley and other historic vessels are docked. The Star of India is the oldest ship that still sails regularly and, according to the National Historic Landmark records, she is “the oldest iron-hulled merchantman afloat in the world” (National Register Number 6600023).

Continuing south, next are contemporary vessels, ranging from large cruise ships to smaller harbor cruises that regularly dock or depart from the terminals. Before the Coronado Bay Bridge was built, the ferry, which still runs today, was the main connector between downtown and Coronado. As you walk along the Embarcadero, keep an eye out for Navy ships, fishing boats, yachts, sailboats, and other vessels that call this port home.

Place

USS Midway Museum

910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

Continuing south, enjoy walking the Broadway Pier (facilities and services available). South of the pier is the USS Midway Museum. Active from 1945-2002, it is the only carrier to have been in service the entire length of the Cold War. San Diego’s military heritage traces back over 150 years to the first instillations on Point Loma in 1852 and remains an important part of San Diego’s waterfront to this day. Beyond the aircraft carrier is Tuna Harbor, another foundational industry in San Diego. Tuna fishing flourished through most of 20th century, declining in the late 1970s, and suffering a major blow when the last cannery closed in 1984. The walking tour continues along the edge of Seaport Village, a shopping district filled with shops, restaurants, and a relocated carousel with hand-carved animals (originally built in 1895).

Place

Embarcadero Marina Park North

400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego

The last stop on the walking tour is the Embarcadero Marine Park. The park reaches out with two peninsulas around the docks behind the San Diego Convention Center. Embarcadero Marine Park North starts on the edge of Seaport Village. If you continue behind the convention center, you will reach the Embarcadero Marine Park South, which offers views of the Bay Bridge. The grassy hills of the Marine Park offer a natural place to stop and view wildlife and the ships.

Place

Embarcadero Marina Park South

200 Marina Park Way, San Diego

Return the way you came or take public transportation back. This walking tour is great any time of the year.

Embarcadero Walking Tour map

EMBARCADERO WALKING TOUR (San Diego Harbor)

Enjoy great views of the harbor from the shoreline

Driving directions: (Downtown) From I-5 South, take the Hawthorne Street exit, follow signs to the airport, and turn right on North Harbor Drive. Past West Laurel Street (as you enter the airport area), make a legal U-turn and find a small park with a restroom near West Laurel Street. From I-5 North, take the Sassafras Street exit onto Kettner Boulevard. Turn right on West Laurel Street and bear left to stay on West Laurel Street towards the Convention Center. Turn left on North Harbor Drive and find parking on your right. Additional (metered) parking is available along North Harbor Drive and by the Maritime Museum. Hiking length: 3 miles one-way (6 miles round trip). The extended tour (4 miles) connects the airport with the convention center. Allow 1-2 hours depending on stops. Difficulty: Easy, 50-100 ft. elevation change. Facilities at trailhead and along route.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
FOUR GRAVE SITES
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
NORTH CHULA VISTA $1,260
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
PLAY SOFTBALL
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
1985 DIESEL Mercedes Benz 300CD
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
ANYONE KNOW MELANIE CORTEZ?
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Ad
Previous article

Oversized H&M blazers make a comeback

Style influenced by Bella Hadid, Alexa Chung, Harry Styles, but mostly Mom
Next Article

Best Reader stories from 2018

Adam Parfrey, Vietnam MIA clues, Sea of Cortez murders, Highway 79 microclimates, Horton Plaza, Lime scooters, Lincoln High teacher gone
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Harbor Island is just across the road from the Airport, offering views of Downtown, vessels on the Bay, and North Island
Harbor Island is just across the road from the Airport, offering views of Downtown, vessels on the Bay, and North Island

San Diego Harbor not only bounds downtown to the west, it also marks the edge of a rich habitat. As you look out to the bay, you can see Coronado/North Island. Technically, the “island” is an isthmus, connected to the mainland along the Silver Strand, a natural yet narrow barrier that protects the harbor from the pounding waves of the ocean. The barrier creates a calm bay used for commerce, military, and recreation for over a century and has been a sanctuary for wildlife for over a millennium.

There are many places you can start, but if you park in the small parking lot near Laurel Street, a sign provides the names and pictures of the wildlife you might see. There are shorebirds like the black skimmer, brown pelican, California gull, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, least tern, lesser scaup, light-footed clapper rail, marbled godwit, peregrine falcon, surf scoter, western grebe, and western sandpiper. On the near shore, you might see marine mammals like the harbor seal and sea lion, or mollusks like the California mussel in beds on piers and rocks. Far more wildlife lives beneath the surface, such as barred sand bass, bonito, brittle stars, and yellowfin croaker. Keep an eye out, because you never know what you might see.

Heading south, the first sights are the airplanes landing. This is how many contemporary travelers arrive on the shoreline. For out-of-town guests or residents looking to explore, you could start this tour at the airport. The Embarcadero walkway runs along Harbor Drive just outside the airport.

Place

San Diego Maritime Museum

1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

The Embarcadero offers a concrete paved walkway that runs right along the waterfront. The first stop is the Maritime Museum, where the Star of India, the ferry Berkeley and other historic vessels are docked. The Star of India is the oldest ship that still sails regularly and, according to the National Historic Landmark records, she is “the oldest iron-hulled merchantman afloat in the world” (National Register Number 6600023).

Continuing south, next are contemporary vessels, ranging from large cruise ships to smaller harbor cruises that regularly dock or depart from the terminals. Before the Coronado Bay Bridge was built, the ferry, which still runs today, was the main connector between downtown and Coronado. As you walk along the Embarcadero, keep an eye out for Navy ships, fishing boats, yachts, sailboats, and other vessels that call this port home.

Place

USS Midway Museum

910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego

Continuing south, enjoy walking the Broadway Pier (facilities and services available). South of the pier is the USS Midway Museum. Active from 1945-2002, it is the only carrier to have been in service the entire length of the Cold War. San Diego’s military heritage traces back over 150 years to the first instillations on Point Loma in 1852 and remains an important part of San Diego’s waterfront to this day. Beyond the aircraft carrier is Tuna Harbor, another foundational industry in San Diego. Tuna fishing flourished through most of 20th century, declining in the late 1970s, and suffering a major blow when the last cannery closed in 1984. The walking tour continues along the edge of Seaport Village, a shopping district filled with shops, restaurants, and a relocated carousel with hand-carved animals (originally built in 1895).

Place

Embarcadero Marina Park North

400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego

The last stop on the walking tour is the Embarcadero Marine Park. The park reaches out with two peninsulas around the docks behind the San Diego Convention Center. Embarcadero Marine Park North starts on the edge of Seaport Village. If you continue behind the convention center, you will reach the Embarcadero Marine Park South, which offers views of the Bay Bridge. The grassy hills of the Marine Park offer a natural place to stop and view wildlife and the ships.

Place

Embarcadero Marina Park South

200 Marina Park Way, San Diego

Return the way you came or take public transportation back. This walking tour is great any time of the year.

Embarcadero Walking Tour map

EMBARCADERO WALKING TOUR (San Diego Harbor)

Enjoy great views of the harbor from the shoreline

Driving directions: (Downtown) From I-5 South, take the Hawthorne Street exit, follow signs to the airport, and turn right on North Harbor Drive. Past West Laurel Street (as you enter the airport area), make a legal U-turn and find a small park with a restroom near West Laurel Street. From I-5 North, take the Sassafras Street exit onto Kettner Boulevard. Turn right on West Laurel Street and bear left to stay on West Laurel Street towards the Convention Center. Turn left on North Harbor Drive and find parking on your right. Additional (metered) parking is available along North Harbor Drive and by the Maritime Museum. Hiking length: 3 miles one-way (6 miles round trip). The extended tour (4 miles) connects the airport with the convention center. Allow 1-2 hours depending on stops. Difficulty: Easy, 50-100 ft. elevation change. Facilities at trailhead and along route.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
CHULA VISTA ROOM FOR RENT
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
BAJA STEEL ERECTION & FAB
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Bed Frame Queen Size
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 30, 2020
ANYONE KNOW MELANIE CORTEZ?
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
GUINEA PIG BABIES
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Previous article

Can't complain about live streaming from the Met

But it provided one of the most awkward things I’ve ever seen
Next Article

Boozemakers get into hand sanitizer business during shortage

Local distilleries to supply first responders, health care workers, and the San Diego Food Bank
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close