2011 Whale Days

Last year I had the opportunity to go whale watching aboard The Hornblower. You can read about my adventure here. It was a thrilling experience that I think everyone should be afforded.

We are lucky to live in San Diego where we have access to boats that will take us out to see these beautiful marine mammals. And if you have not taken advantage, NOW is the time.

Seaport Village belongs to an Embarcadero Marketing Committee. Basically the businesses that make up the Embarcadero have gotten together to help create buzz for our area. To make YOU people more aware of the amazing things there are to do down here!

These brilliant marketing minds came up with Whale Days, which will be taking place next weekend, Saturday January 22nd. We are moving on up and this year as we will be located in the new Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. Fancy! Yes, Seaport Village will be there. Giving out balloons, pirate hats and VIP Shopping Passes. In fact, there will be a lot of deals going on. A kids obstacle course, an ATM prize machine, live music, face painting and so much more will round out this fun event. Best part, it is all FREE. So come down, check it our for yourself! Below is a press release about the event.

Whale Watching Lady, Boardwalk Betty

San Diego Celebrates Gray Whale Migration at 3rd Annual Big Bay Whale Days Month Long Celebration Culminates with Free Community Event ‘Whale Festival’ on the New Broadway Pier Facility - Saturday, January 22

For the entire month of January, San Diego is celebrating the 3rd annual Big Bay Whale Days with discounted opportunities to experience the Big Bay and witness firsthand the annual Gray Whale migration along our coast. On Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 11:00am – 3:00pm the event will culminate with a free Whale Festival along the Embarcadero and feature free Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruises for kids 12 and under. The Whale Festival will be held on the newly developed Broadway Pier Facility at the foot of Broadway Street on the corner of Harbor Drive and Broadway.

A collaborative effort among many San Diego bay front businesses, Big Bay Whale Days features discounted whale watching and bay cruises, admission specials to waterfront museums, and money saving offers at Embarcadero hotels, restaurants, and retailers for the entire month of January.

The free Whale Festival community event on Saturday, January 22nd offers a wide variety of interactive and hands on displays to spark the interest and imagination of any child including a walk-through whale, live sea creatures, face painting, art projects, and a bounce house. Enjoy onsite music and entertainment and chances to win free whale watching trips and much more. Best of all, kids 12 and under will cruise free (with paid adult) on Hornblower Cruises and San Diego Harbor Excursion whale watching cruises all day long.

During the month of January the Midway Museum and the Maritime Museum of San Diego will have Big Bay Whale Days admission specials and money saving coupons will be available for select Embarcadero merchants including Anthony’s Sea Food Grotto and Seaport Village. In addition, discounted Big Bay Whale Days cruises will be featured all month long at Hornblower Cruises and San Diego Harbor Excursion. Whale watching season has become one of San Diego’s favorite times of the year. The Big Bay Whale Days and Whale Festival provide the community with the best place to learn about California Gray Whale ecology and conservation and find information about opportunities to interact with the whales safely and affordably.

Information about the annual Gray Whale Migration, Big Bay Whale Days, the free Whale Festival, special event discounts, and coupons are available at www.whaledays.com, on participating Embarcadero merchant’s websites, or by calling 619-725-8879.