SoCal Boats & Ships Every Little Sailor Needs to Visit!


Have a kiddo that loves boats and ships? Lucky us, we live right near the ocean with some of the coolest boats and ships around. Set sail for these awesome outings, we bet your family will be having yachts of fun!


Queen Mary | Long Beach

The legendary Queen Mary is a one-of-a-kind Long Beach experience. Tours and exhibits include The Steam and Steel Tour, The Glory Days, and 4D Theater. Plus, see The Shipyard, a LEGO Queen Mary brick model ship made from 250,000 LEGO bricks.

*Special discount: Use code KIDSGUIDE19 for 25% OFF a First Class Passport, which includes admission, access to the Queen Mary Historic Exhibits, Ship Model Gallery & Engine Room, and tours.


Ocean Institute | Dana Point

Set sail for a high seas adventure with Ocean Institute’s Tallship Sails. The institute maintains two tallships, the brig Pilgrim, and the Spirit of Dana Point, an accurate replica of a 1770s privateer used during the American Revolution.

Ocean Institute also offers cruises including their upcoming Mother’s Day Cruise; At Sea Adventures where your family can become scientists for the day; Whale and Marine Life Tours to search for dolphins and whales; Killer Dana Tour to cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor; and a Bioluminescence Night Cruise to learn about marine animals that glow in the dark!


AquaLink and AquaBus | Long Beach

The AquaLink and AquaBus are the most unique ways to travel in Long Beach, and now you can explore the city by ocean year-round for just $1-5!. Stops include Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Alamitos Bay Landing, Hotel Maya, Pine Ave., and Shoreline Village.


S.S. Lane Victory | San Pedro

Guests of the Lane Victory have complete access to the ship via a self-guided walking tour that encompasses the vast majority of the ship. See how the Merchant Marines of the World War II era lived and worked.


Battleship IOWA | San Pedro

Interactive tours, such as the kid’s self-guided scavenger hunt, offer an experience of living and serving on the ship.

Their newest tour, Full Steam Ahead, is two-hours and provides a behind-the-scenes look into the engineering spaces on board, such as the engine room, boiler room, and hospital—the areas that have been off-limits in the past.


Port of Long Beach Harbor Tours | Long Beach

Aboard the 90-minute narrated excursion, you will get close to operations at the second-busiest Port in the nation. See towering cranes, the most advanced and green terminal in the world, new infrastructure projects such as the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, and possibly even catch a glimpse of local marine life. A lottery for free tour opens the first Monday of the month for the following month’s tours.


USS Midway Museum | San Diego

Come aboard this historic Navy aircraft carrier!

A family overnight adventure is offered on select nights. On this adventure, you’ll learn the history of the ship, sleep in an authentic enlisted berthing area, explore the flight deck under the stars and more.

Movie night sleepovers are also offered during the summer.


Whale Watching Excursions

Cruise the ocean and search for wild marine life like sea lions, dolphins, and whales! The following places offer whale watching cruises. Visit their website or call for schedules.


Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, (562) 590-3100,

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Boats leave from the following cities:
Redondo Beach – (310) 372-2111,
Marina Del Rey – (310) 822-3625,
Long Beach – (310) 548-8180,

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari
Dana Point, (949) 488-2828,

Dana Wharf Whale Watching
Dana Point, (949) 496-5794,

Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises
Ask about their free birthday cruises!
Long Beach, (562) 432-4900,
San Pedro, (310) 547-9916,

Newport Landing Whale Watching
Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551,

Ocean Institute
Dana Point, (949) 496-2274,






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