Explore and gain an understanding of marine-related opportunities through hands-on activities at our Museum. Dockside and on the water programs can be tailored to your schedule and age group, so you have some options with the activities.
Day or Overnight Program
Minimum of 9 years old.
Designed for smaller classes, private organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts. The Adventure Tour offers a variety of hands-on activities at our Museum. This program can be tailored to your schedule and age group, so you have some options with the activities.
The program includes:
- Guided tour by our Education staff of the Star of India (World’s oldest active tall-ship) with a sail raising activity
- Rowing lesson and rowing out on San Diego Bay aboard one of our longboats
- Black powder gun or cannon demonstration on the Museum barge
- 45 minute tour around San Diego Bay on the historic 1914 Pilot Boat
Self guided tour of the Museum’s other ships and submarines including the HMS Surprise (featured in Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean 4) as well as the USS Dolphin (deepest diving submarine)
Cost: $30 per participant (adult and youth)
Program can begin anytime between 9am and 3pm. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 5/75.
Adventure Tour Overnight Option:
This program can be followed up with a Sleepover aboard one of our Tall Ships. Participants will continue the program with more activities, have dinner and breakfast, and sleep aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). There are no age restrictions to this program, siblings are welcome as well. The minimum/maximum number of participants to book an overnight option is 20/50.
Cost: $75 per participant (adult and youth)
Minimum of 13 years old.
The Californian Challenge provides our most extensive opportunity to participate in team-building activities aboard our historic vessels. This program can vary from 1-5 days.
Our one day Californian Challenge starts around 9:00am and the morning session consists of tours of the ships, rowing in the Bay, and climbing out (in climbing harnesses) on the Californian’s jibboom. This will prepare the students for sailing the tall-ship Schooner Californian in the afternoon. We also will be firing the ships guns to salute the Star of India as we return to the dock. This program is from 9am to 4pm. Cost: $50 per participant (adult and youth), Organizer is free.
This can be tailored into an overnight program and sleeping aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). Dinner and breakfast are provided by us. This program is from 9am until 9am the following day and is $100 a student, $50 an adult.
Our weekend (multi-day) Californian Challenge would involve arriving at the Maritime Museum in the late afternoon/evening of Day 1 and sleeping two nights aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). Breakfast the next two days would be provided by us. The first morning would be a tour of the Museum, sail training and rowing. There would be at least an hour break for lunch (on your own). The afternoon will be sailing on the Californian. In the evening we would provide dinner. The next day we would row and build upon team building activities with lunch provided by us. This would conclude around 1:00pm. Check-in: 6-8pm Day 1. Check-out 1pm Day 3. Cost: $200 a student, $150 adult chaperone’s/participants, Organizer is free.
Our weeklong (5 days, 6 nights) Californian Challenge is a “camp-style” program where participants live aboard one of our dock-side tall ships during the duration of the program. Meals are provided by us. Extensive sail training will be conducted throughout the week including training in climbing aloft. This prepares participants for a 6 hour ocean sail on the Californian on the final day. Activities during the week include rowing, blackpowder gun firing, guided hikes at Cabrillo National Monument, Safety at Sea training, and many more. The total cost of the program is $750 a student, $325 an adult, Organizer is free.
This program is suited for ages 13 and above (please contact us in regards to age waivers), the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 15/30.
Days of Oar
Minimum of 13 years old.
Generally conducted over 5 days, this program offers rowing instruction and teambuilding aboard the Museum’s collection of historic longboats. Get out on the water and foster water safety, self reliance, communication, the spirit of adventure and team work. Maritime skills taught through the practice of long boat rowing accomplishes many personal developmental goals while kids have fun on the water. Discover the traditions and history of rowing in San Diego, and then take off on an adventure row and picnic on San Diego Bay.
Grades: 6-12, Adults as well. Each session is 3 hours long from 8:30am-11:30am, $15 a participant/per session. The 5 day program is (4) 3 hour sessions and (1) final rowing event from 8:30am-2:00pm. Cost: $90/participant. Minimum: 5 participants. Maximum: 20. Teacher/Organizer is free.
Minimum of 6 years old.
Join us for a three hour Educational Sail on San Diego Bay with hands on the halyards and helm. Students raise 7000 square feet of sail, learn how to navigate, and explore the physics of sailing. Enjoy the wind, weather, and wild life while mastering practical knots and maneuvering a 100 ton vessel.
Compare the teamwork and challenges of present day sailors with life on a similar ship in the 1800’s. Our Education Sail fits California State Standards for middle and high school students.
Length: 3 hours
Class Size: 26 – 36 students, 6-8 adults
Cost: $30/person Teacher is Free
Californian Challenge-Catalina Sail
Minimum of 13 years old.
Sail on the Californian for a 4 day adventure and explore Catalina while living aboard a top-sail schooner. Participants will be divided into “watches” and assist in sailing the ship. Onboard education staff will be teaching the students about oceanography, astronomy, and the history of exploration along the Pacific Coast. Activities at Catalina Island include hiking, and kayaking.
All onboard meals, Kayaks, life vests, paddles, safety equipment, and ACA certified kayaking instructor and tour guide are included.
Departure from San Diego: The total cost of the program is $750 a student, $325 an adult. Teacher/organizer would be free.
Departure from Los Angeles area: The total cost of the program is $775 a student, $350 an adult. Teacher/organizer would be free.
This program is suited for ages 13 and above (please contact us in regards to age waivers), the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/18 participants.