Two things are guaranteed during a visit to San Diego, California: beautiful weather and fun! Both can be found at Seaport Village.
Seaport Village sits on San Diego’s waterfront and encompasses over 14-acres of shops, galleries and restaurants with 4-miles of cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, fountains and lush gardens. Wander through 54 specialty shops selling unique gifts, such as clothing, art, jewelry, toys, candles, hats, kites, hot sauces, and souvenirs. After a fun day of shopping, pick up a burger, slice of pizza, homemade fudge, or an ice cream at one of the many casual dining spots. There are also several fine dining restaurants that offer bay view dining.
However, there is so much more to enjoy at Seaport Village than the shopping and food.
Entertainment is a big attraction at Seaport Village. Listen to the sounds of jazz, blues, country and swing from the many musical groups that perform throughout the year and enjoy other weekend entertainment. A great time to visit Seaport Village is during the annual Busker Festival where jugglers, fire eaters, sword swallowers, magicians and other street performers wow visitors and compete for a summer gig at Seaport Village. Southern California’s only Busker Festival is held each March and attracts performers from all over the country.
Relax along the seawall and gaze out over San Diego Bay as sailboats glide across the water under the Coronado Bay Bridge. Sit back and watch as ships dock at North Island Naval Station just across the bay in Coronado or wander down to the dock and watch as fishermen unload their daily catch. Seaport Village is also a prime location to view San Diego Bay’s Parade of Lights in December.
Children of all ages will love to take a ride on one of the hand-carved animals on the antique carousel built in 1895, have their faces painted, and watch balloon sculptors make their favorite animals. Adjacent to Seaport Village is Marina Park, where kids can fly kites and adults can enjoy spectacular views of San Diego Bay.
Seaport Village is located south of the cruise ship terminal at 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. It’s an easy walk to many of San Diego’s other attractions, such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, and the Embarcadero (USS Midway, Star of India, Maritime Museum).
Hours of operation: September-May 10:00am to 9:00pm, June-August 10:00am to 10:00pm.
Parking: $3 for the first 2 hours, $2 every 30 minutes thereafter.. Validation is with a minimum $10 purchase from any Seaport Village establishment. Or you can take the San Diego Trolley to the Seaport Village station and walk, hail a pedi-cab, or arrive by water taxi (619-235-8294).