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Navy Pier
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Navy Pier showing a statue or sculpture, military items and a memorial

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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5109 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$250 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,870 reviews)
"The staff was accommodating for many of our needs and occasional issue. In addition to holding themselves accountable for discrepancies. At the end of the day our experience was amazing."

Reviewed on 13 May 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$186 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (3,403 reviews)
"Close to ocean and airport"

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
4 out of 5
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$278 per night from 16 May to 16 May
This family-friendly San Diego hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. USS Midway Museum and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,420 reviews)
"Beautiful resort, great location"

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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$250 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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$186 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
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$278 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The Westin San Diego Downtown
The Westin San Diego Downtown
4 out of 5
400 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$183 per night from 3 Jun. to 3 Jun.
The Westin San Diego Downtown
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
4 out of 5
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$301 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
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$226 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown
InterContinental San Diego, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental San Diego, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
901 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$293 per night from 17 May to 17 May
InterContinental San Diego, an IHG Hotel
La Pensione Hotel
La Pensione Hotel
3 out of 5
606 West Date Street, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$176 per night from 16 May to 16 May
La Pensione Hotel
Westgate Hotel
Westgate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$183 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Westgate Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.