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Navy Pier
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Visit the centre of San Diego’s military life to explore magnificent vessels both past and present.

If you are a military enthusiast, or even just have a passing interest in naval history, you must not miss a trip to Navy Pier, where the USS Midway is berthed. This colossal aircraft carrier holds the record as the longest-serving military vessel of the 20th century.

Aboard the USS Midway you’ll find the San Diego Aircraft Museum, featuring over 20 meticulously restored military aircraft dating from World War II all the way through to Operation Desert Storm. You’ll gain a unique perspective on life as a fighter pilot when you step up into the cockpit! The interior of the ship is also part of the museum, allowing you to discover what life was like on board. Even if you don’t have time for the full museum experience, the deck of the USS Midway is open to the public with no charge and from here you can admire the wonderful views of the San Diego coastline.

There are not only historical attractions in this area that will satisfy any military enthusiast. Many working Navy vessels also dock at Navy Pier. Some will even offer free guided tours on board, for truly current insights into the US Navy way of life. North Island Navy Station is another working military station close by. If you walk north from Navy Pier to Broadway Pier you will be able to see across the water to the aircraft carriers docked there, complete with their fighter jets.

The San Diego waterfront around Navy Pier is definitely worth exploring. Heading south, you’ll find the locally famous Fish Market Restaurant. On the former site of one of the largest tuna fleets in the world, this restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy meal by the ocean. A little further on you come across Seaport Village, and wonderful views of Coronado Peninsular.

Navy Pier is easily accessible by public transport, and parking is available, at a small fee, if travelling by car.

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5198 Cheap Hotels Near Navy Pier

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$211 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Located in Downtown San Diego, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of San ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,717 reviews)

"This is a five star hotel. Due to the pandemic all the restaurants and stores were closed. I enjoyed the harbor view from my room."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$158 per night from 16 Mar. to 17 Mar.

Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...

4/5Very Good! (3,308 reviews)

"Great location to activities, resturants and easy access to freeway. Onsite parking fee was excessive,($35 a day) and not explained upon arrival."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
4 out of 5
601 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$221 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

This family-friendly San Diego hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, USS Midway Museum and Navy Pier. Port of San Diego ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,368 reviews)

"Very clean great location, family friendly. Complementary b fast was great. Open bar 5-7 the day we stayed. Will go back"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$211 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$158 per night from 16 Mar. to 17 Mar.
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
4 out of 5
601 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$221 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
4 out of 5
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$223 per night from 5 Mar. to 6 Mar.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Omni San Diego Hotel
Omni San Diego Hotel
4 out of 5
675 L St, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$217 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.
Omni San Diego Hotel
Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection
Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection
4 out of 5
421 W B St, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$152 per night from 8 Mar. to 9 Mar.
Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection
InterContinental San Diego
InterContinental San Diego
4 out of 5
901 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$295 per night from 4 Mar. to 5 Mar.
InterContinental San Diego
Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter
Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter
4 out of 5
509 9th Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$185 per night from 7 Mar. to 8 Mar.
Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter
Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton
Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
401 W Ash Street, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$177 per night from 4 Mar. to 5 Mar.
Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton
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