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I asked around the Hornblower crew for their top pick for San Diego Summer Attractions. We feel lucky to live in this world-class destination with all it has to offer.

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Here's our recommendations for the TOP THINGS to Fun It Up in San Diego!

Try out the most unique Happy Hour in San Diego, the new Sights & Sips Sunset Cruise is cocktails combined with lite bites and views of the sunset over the bay.

Why not try a  Fly Boarding Adventure? This Aquatic adventure is taking off, literally on San Diego Bay as you watch the aeronautical acrobats training on San Diego and you can buy a ticket to try it! Booking a charter or wedding on Hornblower, we'll book a fly boarding demonstration to WOW your guests!

Balboa Park and its jewel-the world famous San Diego Zoo is a great value for the low ticket price. In summer it is so cool to see the polar bear frolicking in ice cold water  when its 90 degrees. While you are at Balboa Park, you may want to stroll over and vistit our friends at San Diego Natural History Musuem and see the Titanic Exhibit!

Enjoy the warm sunny summer weather that San Diego has to offer on a Hornblower Harbor Cruise, Sunset Dinner Cruise or Memorial Day BBQ lunch or July 4th fireworks cruise on Hornblower Cruises!

SeaWorld has to be on our list! Black and White and all the colors in-between - Check out the NEW Manta ride,Summer Nights and  fireworks spectacular, plus Grand opening of Turtle Reef.

USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for the entire family. Go to sea without leaving port!  Explore more than 60 exhibits with a collection of 25 restored aircraft. Located in downtown San Diego nextdoor to Hornblower Cruises!

Old Town Trolley Tours will  show you California’s second largest city, where blue skies, exciting attractions and 70 miles of beaches come together to create a vacationer’s paradise. Old Town Trolley Tours providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best of San Diego by land. Combine with a Hornblower Harbor Cruise for the ultimate Land and Sea Experience!

San Diego Maritime Museum, a San Diego jewel, that the whole family will treasure! Includes the Star of India.

Seaport Village, Shopping, Restaurants and Entertainment on the waterfront-There's something for everyone at Seaport Village. Admission is FREE.

Anthony's Fish Grotto, Voted the Best San Diego Seafood Restaurant, For more than 60 years, Anthony’s Fish Grotto has served San Diego the freshest fish and seafood available.

The view from the Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most spectacular in all San Diego. Add a visit to this beautiful national park during your visit and you'll be treated to a photographers' dream view.


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Sights & Sips Happy Hour Cruise. I chose to take my boyfriend out on this cruise to kick off his birthday. His bday is in December, and in what other city could you plan to be on a boat out on the water that time of year? I love San Diego. We got lucky and had a gorgeous, clear, still evening. We made a beeline for the food! There turned out to be a lot more food than I expected. The menu rotates, but we tore up some baked brie, spinach dip, chicken skewers, cheese/fig crostini, a salmon all went well with the several glasses of wine we enjoyed. We wandered around the two levels of the ship and spent most of our time up front sitting outside taking in the views of downtown, the Coronado bridge, and Coronado.

– Laura H.

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