Jump into the Shoes of a Sailor!

Learn What Makes Liberty Station Unique

End with a Smile and Celebratory Toast

Uncle Sam Wants You… to Join this Liberty Station Tour!

All hands on deck as we explore the importance of San Diego’s naval past, and find out what’s happening now in this exciting new neighborhood. By the time it closed in 1997, the Naval Training Center had seen over two million men and women pass through its gates on their way to becoming sailors. In subsequent years the area has transformed into Liberty Station, a rich and diverse mixed-use community that honors its naval origins. On this tour we’ll explore what the area was like as a naval base and what visitors can see and do there today.

Walk Highlights

From port to starboard, explore all that Liberty Station has to offer

See Camp Paul Jones and learn basic sailor skills without having to drop and give us 20!

Understand how women impacted the Naval Training Center when WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) arrived

Visit destinations like Sail Ho Golf Course, Ingram Plaza, & Preble Field

Pay respect at the Boats Memorial, dedicated to the 52 submarines and their crews lost during World War II

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Trip Details

The Details

Price

  • $55 Adult (16+)
  • $50 Children (6-15)
  • $35-90 per person for private tours (prices vary by group size)

Departure time

10:00am


Meeting point

“USS BRAVE” art piece, outside of the Liberty Public Market, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92106


Ending point

Near our departure location, at the “USS BRAVE” art piece, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92106


Availability

Tuesday – Friday, June – August


Duration

2.5 hours


Group size

Maximum of 15 people


Participation requirements

  • Minimum age of 6 years
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Let us know in advance if you would like an audio system

Included

  • Professional and fun tour guide
  • One beer or equivalent (non-alcoholic beverages for those under 21 years of age)

Not included

  • Additional food and beverages
  • Additional purchases such as souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

What to bring

  • Walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and/or a hat
  • Light jacket or layers, depending on the weather
  • Water in a reusable container
  • Money for tips/gratuities/souvenirs
    • Cash for payment and gratuities is welcome, but if you’d prefer to provide your guide with a “thank you” that isn’t in cash form, they will give you their PayPal or Venmo information

About your guide

Your guide has a passion for sharing knowledge. If you have a particular area of interest, please let us know and we can try to accommodate with additional information.

What You'll Experience

After a brief introduction, we’ll kick things off by exploring the heart of what was once Camp Paul Jones. You’ll get a feel for what it was like to be one of those sailors…without the drill instructor! The Camp’s park-like setting is full of secrets from its design to decor.

Next we’ll pass by the former dispensary, where early recruits received medical care – sometimes for the first time in their lives.

We’ll view the former Sail Ho Golf Course, because it wasn’t all work and no play. Several golf pros have played here, and the course is even a final resting place for two people!

It wasn’t all men who served here, at least not after 1943 when WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) arrived, taking up residence in a nearby barracks, away from the men.

We’ll then pass by the very first buildings on base which contained the Mess Hall and talk about what it took to feed so many people, multiple times a day.

Afterwards we’ll head over to the heart of the base – the Command Center – where the top brass kept the base running. There we’ll view an exhibit that highlights recruit life, including something dear to everyone – food!

From the Command Center, it’s on to Ingram Plaza, to learn who it was named for, and why that’s a better name than its alternative.

Next up we’ll visit the Boats Memorial, dedicated to the 52 submarines and their crews lost during World War II.

Then we’ll proceed across Preble Field, where recruits marched during training and on their graduation day. We’ll celebrate their legacy and your “graduation” from the tour and sailor training by raising a beer (or other beverage of your choice).

Here, our guide will wish you fair winds and following seas, but not before recommending additional ways to explore the Navy’s legacy at Liberty Station, from cultural gems to restaurants.

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