Take Your Sweetheart(s) on a Sunset Sail This Valentine’s Day!

One of the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones is on beautiful San Diego Bay. Hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, this unique Valentine’s Day treat is not to be missed. Bring Mom, Grandpa, kids, — or just that single special someone — share this day of love with those you care about. Guests will board the tall ship America, for a three-hour scenic tour of the bay, marine wildlife and local attractions. Enjoy a twilight sail that comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and chocolate strawberries. Remember this day of love with a complimentary keepsake photo when you return. Saturday, February 14. Adults, $70; ages 12 and under, $48.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship the Star of IndiaThe mission of the Maritime Museum of San Diego is to serve as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world.
The Museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits on maritime history, commerce and exploration and stages popular public events such as “The Chocolate Festival”, “Pirate Buccaneer Birthday Bash”, “Festival of Sail each Labor Day weekend”, and family sleepovers on the Star of India. Thousands of school children from throughout Southern California visit the museum each year for a variety of dockside and at-sea educational programs.
The museum’s schooner Californian takes passengers out for Tall Ship Adventures, sailing out into the Pacific Ocean off Point Loma and beyond for extended range trips. The museum’s ships play host to more than 200 private eventseach year including weddings, private parties, meeting and seminars, corporate events and charters.
The MacMullen Library and Research Archives is a resource for members as well as scholars and researchers from around the world.  Along with our peer-reviewed quarterly, Mains’l Haul: A Journal of Pacific Maritime History, they encourage and enhance the study of maritime history.
Founded in 1948, the museum grew out of the earlier efforts of a group of local historians and maritime enthusiasts who acquired the sailing ship Star of India in 1927. Now fully restored, the Star of India is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers and skilled craftsmen and sets sail frequently.
The museum’s collection also includes the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley, the 1904 steam yacht Medea, the 1914 Pilot, the state’s official tall ship Californian -a replica of a mid 19th century revenue cutter, and the H.M.S Surprise, a magnificent replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate featured in the award winning film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”.Submarines include the B-39 Russian sub, and the 555 USS Dolphin. Our newest acquisition is PCF 816, a Mark II Vietnam era Swift Boat that runs 75 minute public tours most weekends. Soon to be launched (expected 2015) will be a replica of the San Salvador. The first European vessel to reach America’s West Coast.

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