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849 W Harbor Dr

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Free
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. September through May with e...

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Free, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you want to spend the afternoon watching ships float in and out of the harbor while sipping coffee or shopping for souvenirs, Seaport Village is the place to visit. Located on the waterfront not far from the USS Midway Museum, the 14-acre village is home to more than 50 shops and 13 dining outlets. Travelers can enjoy browsing summer clothing at Seaport Island Fashion, artwork at Wyland Galleries and eco-friendly products at Cariloha Bamboo. Hot Licks, a hot sauce shop, is also a crowd favorite. With this much variety, you're sure to find something special to remember your San Diego trip. Even visitors who aren't particularly fond of shopping said they still enjoyed strolling through the sunny outdoor complex.

Once you've worked up an appetite, explore Seaport Village's diverse food scene. Slurp oysters at the Harbor House, sample authentic Mexican flavors at Margarita's Kitchen & Cantina or satisfy your sweet tooth at Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes. If you're looking for panoramic sea views, be sure to grab a bite at San Diego Pier Café. And at the end of the day, Seaport Village is a great place to watch the sun set over the Pacific.

Seaport Village is also a popular entertainment venue. If you're visiting San Diego in March, don't miss Busker Fest– a free event showcasing street performers from all over the globe. There is also live music daily at the West Village Food Court from noon to 4 p.m.

Seaport Village is conscientious of its location on the harbor and does its best to maintain environmentally friendly practices. The restrooms use recyclable products, and the complex promotes single-stream recycling, water reclamation and more. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. September through May with extended hours until 10 p.m. from June through August. Self-parking starts at $5 and valet parking starts at $11. Seaport Village is also within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal and many popular downtown hotels. Check out the official website to see what else Seaport Village has to offer.

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