I have been to San Diego a dozen times and had never been to Seaport Village because it sounded way too touristy. Well it turns out that it is pretty darn touristy but we actually enjoyed our time inthe village. The shops are fun to browse including the sock store, the hat shop, a kite store, and a really cool candle shop. There is a Ben and Jerry's which always gets high marks from my family and the breakfast we had at the Edgewater was actually not bad. The real highlight of this spot is the grassy area and the amazing views. My kids loved watching the kites fly, climbing a tree, and just running around being kids. We werelucky enough to see a huge military battleship head out to sea while stood at water's edge. The carousel looks cute but we skipped it.
Seaport Village is a place that I ALWAYS make sure to visit when I get the chance. There are so many shops there that I love visiting. It's a great place to buy souvenirs for family and friends. There are also many tents and tables along the walk that are great to visit. The kids love getting bracelets made, faces painted, or putting a couple quarters in a machine and watching all of the ships! There is also a lot of entertainment as well.
We do not enjoy shopping at overpriced stores or buying overpriced food. You can enjoy the scenery, but you can see better scenery away from this area. We saw a fun pelican who put on quite a show and that was the best part of being. We are just not the type of people that stoll and shop well.
This is more of a place to hang out with your girlfriends probably. My hubby doesn't like walking around shops so he isn't too thrilled to go here. Unless you have kids who don't mind shopping, they might get bored. The walk along the ocean is beautiful and the shops are very cute! There are some really good restaurants and beautiful places to take family photos!
Seaport Village is a must-see for any tourist to San Diego. Mostly made up of souvenir shops and restaurants, its nice to visit after a long day in town or at the zoo. In the summer, there are movies under the stars and year round there is an antique carousel to ride on. Ben and Jerry's ice cream will delight as well as a visit to the Mad Hatter's store. Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the cobbled streets, and what better way to finish up the day than sitting on the wall of the harbor, gazing at the boats bobbing in the dock.
These specialty stores are really nice, but not super stroller friendly. There are a lot of breakable items for little hands. It is a nice place for a walk and you can sit on a bench and look at the water. There are also ducks in the pond for the kids to watch.
As a San Diego native, I can say, don't buy anything at Seaport village. It is completely over priced. It'd be nice to go there to enjoy the scenery, but all of the restaurants and stores are way too expensive. You can go a few blocks down to Horton Plaza and get a little more for your money.
I've been going to Seaport Village since it opened 30 years ago. Yes, I agree it's a bit commercial. But, if you go with the mindset of just enjoying San Diego Bay's weather & beauty, you'll be just fine.
There are tons of shops to browse in...typical souvenier stuff but fun to look. There are restaurants for every price point.
The carousel is a lot of fun. There are horse drawn carriage rides that you can take, but they are expensive. Stroll the waterfront & get some breattaking views of the skyline & Coronado Bridge.
Go the Fish Market next door & get some popcorn shrimp or fried calamari...yum! Bring bread for the seagulls!
Parking is free for 2 hours with any purchase (might I suggest a cone at Ben & Jerry's!) then $3 per hour thereafter.
Perfectly located downtown near the Gaslamp Quarter. If you're staying in San Diego & want a cheap activity, give it a try.
San Diego is one of my favorite cities. Our family visits often and it's little neighborhoods. This is a small village right on the water with little shops and restaurants. The place is a bit commercial and it can be crowded. One part I do love it is the carousel. It is an old restored one which, seriously, is the fasted merry-go-round I have ever been on. I am not kidding, this thing spins fast! The kids loved it, though.
I always bring vistors to this location, it is awesom! It is especially great for vistors from overseas, you get to pack a lot of stuff into one day. They have a beautiful carosel, carriage rides, the duck (water and land vehicle), views of the large Navy ships, and great shopping ang food. I recommend atleast going to have a coffee and watch the street preformers overlooking the bay.
Update: Holiday scene was great here, they decorated the whole place for the season. There was a large poinsettia tree all in lights. Not mention Santa was there to meet all the kids. Since we were down there we went into the Hyatt and saw the hotel all dulled up for the season. It was a nice evening!
We spent an evening here having dinner and shopping with the kids. It was relaxing and the kids had fun roaming around. later in the evening they had a band playing in the center square and the kids ate ice cream and danced. It was a good way to end our day.
We like to come to Seaport Village to go for walks and enjoy the weather, but I agree that it's pretty touristy. It's fun to explore the small shops. I do like getting treats at the little cookie place though. Weekends can get crowded but we've never had a problem finding parking. Parking is free with validation.
Encompassing fourteen acres, this village looks like a transplanted New England fishing town, complete with a carousel, lighthouse, and clock tower along with almost one hundred shops, theme eateries, and restaurants. The Loof Carousel, circa 1890, is worth a whirl. You could easily spend most of the day here wandering the waterfront and enjoying a harbor cruise.
We always stop by Seaport Village when we're in San Diego. They've got great places to eat. Kids always want an ice cream cone. The shops are unique. Our kids like to explore the kite store with all the wonderful toys, as well as check out all the hammocks in the hammock store. The wind chime store is a place of wonderful sounds- the girls love to hear all the different sounds the different chimes can make. The views are awesome as you are surrounded by water. This is a popular place, so it's often crowded.
This is a great local place to explore while in San Diego. There are lots of places to eat in-land with great views of the marina or restaurants that overlook the water. Lots of little shops - a book store, toy stores, specialty store, etc are all there. If you have the time take a ride on the pumpkin coach - it has built in lighting so it can light up at night.
We found this area to be your typical tourist area. Wasn't all that impressed with the shops and features. We did spend a good amount of time walking around and because of the beautiful weather we did have a good time. Not the place to go if you are not in to the tourist traps.