Maritime Museum

Museum in San Diego

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This museum is easy to find: look for the 100ft-high masts of the iron-hulled square-rigger Star of India. Built on the Isle of Man and launched in 1863, the tall ship plied the England–India trade route, carried immigrants to New Zealand, became a trading ship based in Hawaii and, finally, ferried cargo in Alaska. It’s a handsome vessel, but don’t expect anything romantic or glamorous on board.

The seven vessels moored here include submarines. The Californian, California’s official tall ship goes out on three hour excursions, and costs from $44 per person plus museum entry free. The 1914 Pilot, which took harbor pilots to their merchant ships, has narrated rides that last 45 minutes and cost $5.