Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises (Winter)

Admission included
Customers can only use Harbor Cruise by Hornblower or Whale Watch by Hornblower once on one given day of the Go San Diego Card. Whale Watch run mid December through April
If you love whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean. We’ll speed out to sea on one of our large, comfortable yachts and pass barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins as we search for the legendary gray whales-known for migrating the longest distance of any mammal on Earth. As we make our 3.5-hour tour, we’ll be treated to a live narration by our experienced captain and our on-board naturalist (from the San Diego Natural History Museum). You’ll stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating and a snack bar featuring hot food, a full bar, and souvenirs. We also offer a guarantee, if some type of whale is not sighted on your whale watching cruise, you will receive a pass good to return for a Whale Watching Cruise or 1 or 2 Hour Harbor Cruise from Hornblower San Diego.


Mid-December to mid-April: 9:30am and 1:30pm.
Late June to early September: Friday-Monday at 9:00am only.

*Dates may vary. Please check the website at www.hornblower.com/san-diego/ or call before your visit.

Getting In

Check in at the Ticket Booth located at 970 N Harbor Dr. and present your pass. Ticket Agent will provide you with a boarding pass and direct you to the boarding gate. Boarding pass will be collected prior to boarding.


970 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92191
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Driving Directions

Driving on I 5 South
  1. Exit Front St./ Civic Center
  2. Go 3 blocks, turn right onto Ash St. to waterfront
  3. Turn left on North Harbor Drive, go approx. 2 1/2 blocks to the Hornblower Ticket Booth
  4. 970 N. Harbor Drive is on the right
Driving on I 5 North
  1. Exit 6th Avenue/Downtown
  2. Turn left on Sixth Ave. & get in Right Lane
  3. Go 3 blocks, then turn right on to Ash St.
  4. Continue on Ash St. to the waterfront
  5. Turn left on North Harbor Drive, go approx. 2 1/2 blocks to the Hornblower Ticket Booth
  6. 970 N. Harbor Drive is on the right