Old Town Trolley and SEAL Tours at Embarcadero Package
San Diego, California, USA
- Land Tour: We'll pick you up and drive by Lindbergh Field, the Maritime Museum, and the U.S.S. Midway Museum.
- Sea Tour: Then we splash into the bay to see Shelter Island, the Point Loma sub base, the Naval Air Station, the Cabrillo National Monument, and maybe a majestic Blue Heron.
- Old Town Trolley: Stay aboard for the full two-hour narrated tour, or hop-on and off at any of the 11 stops to explore, do a little shopping, or grab a bite to eat.
About This San Diego Tour
It all begins with a floating bus (or a boat with wheels, if you prefer) – a crazy amphibious hybrid of a vehicle called a hydra-terra. And there's no better way to dive into a seaport town like San Diego.
We stick to the roads at first, telling you all about the city as we drive around the waterfront across from Coronado, seeing the sights and learning about the people who helped make San Diego the city it is today.
Then we take the plunge into the bay at Shelter Island, cruising past Point Loma, home to the Naval Air Station North Island, Point Loma Submarine Base, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and the Navy's marine mammal training center. Yes, this is definitely a proud military town – even sea creatures do their duty.
Back on dry land, board the Old Town Trolley, a fun-filled ride that loops around the city. If you stay aboard for the whole two-hour tour, you'll learn all about San Diego's Spanish settlers, naval history, fishing, surfing, Chargers, and Padres. You'll see old towns, new towns, beaches, marine parks, walk-around parks, ships, sailors, zoos, beaches, and fishermen. You'll cross bridges to Coronado and the Gaslamp Quarter, find the best spots for shopping, and be tempted by the aromas of Little Italy.
The trolley has 11 stops, and you can hop off at any time, see the sights, and then hop back on again. As often as you like. It's the best way to see San Diego: by land, sea, and rail.
Let's build one for the Gipper
Though it had been in the works since 1926, the bridge that connects San Diego to Coronado wasn't built until 1967. It took two years, 20,000 tons of steel, and 94,000 cubic yards of concrete to complete. When it opened to traffic on August 3, 1969 – the 200th anniversary of San Diego's founding – the first person to drive over the bridge was Ronald Reagan, then governor of California.
Please make your way to the Embarcadero- 1004 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101, San Diego, CA 92101 to begin your adventure.
The San Diego SEAL tour fleet consists of 7 amphibious vehicles manufactured specifically for the tourism industry. These vessels are completely U.S. Coast Guard approved and meet all required regulations for Department of Transportation passenger vessels. Every effort has been made to make these vehicles the strongest and safest possible. If you choose to stay on the trolley, the tour time is approximately 2-hours. You may "hop-on" and "hop-off" as many times as you like during the hours of operation. 11 stops. (A) Old Town State Park, (B) San Diego Embarcadero/ USS Midway, (C) Seaport Village, (D) Marriott Hotel and Marina, (E) Horton Plaza (F) Historic Gaslamp Quarter, (G) Bayfront Hilton (H) Coronado Ferry Landing, (I) McP's /Hotel Del Coronado, (J) Balboa Park Visitor Center (K) Little Ital. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible from Embarcadero. You must be able to get on and off your boat either by yourself or with the aid of a companion.
Bus Tour, Boat Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Children ages 3 years and under; $1.00 charge.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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