Visit Seaport Village in San Diego this Summer
Take a stroll along the waterfront and watch the sailboats go by in San Diego Harbor. Treat the kids to an ice cream cone from Ben and Jerry’s. Listen to some live jazz music in the food court. Walk out on the pier and into a rustic restaurant for a fresh sea bass dinner. You can do all of these things and more when you visit Seaport Village in San Diego.
Covering 14 acres along the Bay, the developers of Seaport Village were careful to create a dining, shopping, and pedestrian-friendly place that provides good, wholesome fun for people of all ages. The paths are lined with colorful flowers and an abundance of green plants. There are grassy fields, ponds, fountains, and quiet spots where you can stand silently and reflect while a gust of wind ruffles your hair. Since Seaport Village opened in 1980, millions of locals and tourists have enjoyed all that this prime piece of Downtown real estate has to offer.
Follow the four miles of winding cobblestone pathways that lead you to the more than 50 unique shops in the Village. You might hear the sounds of a Flamenco guitar playing as you approach the food court. Stop and grab yourself a cup of organic coffee and a sweet treat at Frosted Robin Cupcakes. If you want a little something more to satisfy your hunger, there are plenty of choices in Seaport Village
• Pizza and home made lasagna at Asaggio Pizza Pasta Plus
• A delicious gyro and incredible baklava at the Greek Islands Café
• A mouth-watering Philly cheese steak sandwich at the Seaport Grill
• A burger the way you like it at the San Diego Burger Company
• Breakfast with fresh-squeezed juice at the Village Café
Make sure you bring your camera, or at least your smartphone, so you can capture some of the beautiful scenery. A quiet pond with gently flowing water offers an excellent opportunity for taking photos. Surrounded by a number of small shops, this little oasis is a favorite hangout for a mother duck and her little ducklings. Feel free to snap a shot, but, as the sign says, please don’t feed the ducks.
Another great picture-taking spot is along the promenade that runs along the water’s edge. Take a few shots of the Coronado Bridge, the bevy of boats in the marina, and the colorful sailboats out on the Bay. At night, this is a romantic place to take a stroll with your date. Don’t be afraid to ask a bystander to take a picture of you and your date.
Time to Visit
Seaport Village is open every day of the week from 10 am to 9 pm. Some of the restaurants stay open later. On weekdays, it is a little less crowded than on weekends. While you can do almost anything you can do on the weekend on a weekday, you might want to visit on a Saturday or Sunday to get the full experience.
During the summer season and some other times of the year, Seaport Village holds free concerts every Sunday at the East Plaza Gazebo. The Sunday Concert Series features a number of talented local bands playing everything from rock and roll, country and dance music to classic ballads and hit songs from artists like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.
On a nice Saturday afternoon, you are very likely to find yourself face-to-face with a mime. Your kids might spot a face painter and beg you to let them get a splash of red, white and blue on their faces. Sit down and have a caricature do your portrait. Weekends are more crowded than weekdays, but there are always a few more things going on. If you happen to visit during the holidays, the community goes all out to put on a good show. Easter, Halloween and Christmas are special times at Seaport Village.
Riding the Historic Carousel
Okay, so maybe you are too old to climb on an old wooden horse or other hand-carved animal, but your young children are not. They will love going round-and-round in circles aboard a big white stallion. Small kids will have great fun and the operators don’t charge parents if they want to stand by their two-year-old for the ride.
San Diego Pier Cafe
Opened back in 1980 when Seaport Village was brand new, the San Diego Pier Café is a landmark New England-style, full-service restaurant, serving up a diverse menu of food as well as beer, wine and liquor. You get the feeling that you are on Cape Cod when you walk out on the pier and enter the rustic looking restaurant. The wood-planked floors and nautical decorations set the tone. Almost better than the food are the amazing Harbor views you get out of the big glass windows. Naturally, you can order a delicious bowl of New England clam chowder and a variety of seafood entrees. Fresh Sea Bass, Salmon and Mahi-Mahi are prepared perfectly. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, you can try some chicken or a fresh salad. Your children can get their favorites like pizza or macaroni and cheese from the kids menu.
If you want a good filet mignon or some outstanding King Crab legs, you won’t be disappointed when you dine at the Harbor House. For more informal dining you can choose to be seated upstairs or on the outside decks. Choose downstairs tablecloth dining for a quieter, tablecloth dining experience. No matter where you chose to eat your lunch or dinner, you get the same great menu. Harbor House has a full bar with craft beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm. Your children can get hotdogs, grilled cheese, or maybe fish n’chips from the kids menu. Harbor House is a great choice for business lunches, romantic dinners and anything in between.
Village Hat Shop
Stop by and see how you look in a Panama Hat. There's a hat, cap or beret for every taste. You can find Fedora's, sun hats, baseball caps and even a Greek fisherman's cap. If they don't have the cap you're looking for, they will order it for you.
Swings and Things
This is a fun store that sells high-quality hammocks and animal tire swings. Have fun browsing and maybe buy a moose or elephant tire swing for your kids and a hammock for yourself.
Indian Trails Gallery
Have fun picking out your favorite Hopi, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, crafts and artifacts. A fabulous selection of belts, buckles, wallets and purses makes it easy to add to your Western wardrobe.
Kids will love this nautical gift and collectibles store that features pirate spyglasses, pirate piggy banks and many other buccaneer treasures. Boaters and fishermen will find it fun to pick up some items to add to their nautical collections. ParrotHeads (Jimmy Buffet fans) should make sure to check out the special section devoted to the music legend.
Seaport Village is fun for kids, adults and anyone who wants to enjoy a day out around the San Diego Harbor. Why not do a little shopping, get a bite to eat, and take in the fresh air and wonderful views of the Bay?
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