This is a view of Seaport Village from the Embaradero
Seaport Village is a unique shopping area on San Diego Bay.
You park your car in the Seaport Village lot (hint: make sure you get your ticket validated for two hours of free parking, even if it means buying a cup of coffee), then wander along four-ish miles of paths that lead to various free-standing buildings which make up fifty plus shops. There are several restaurants as well. No two stores are alike. For example, there's a kite store, a shell store, a wooden toys stores, a wind chimes store. Oh, and there's a hot sauce store, which figures in I So Don't Do Makeup!
Could a trip to Seaport Village end up being an over-priced bayside shopping experience? Uh, yes. If you let it be.
BUT, you are meandering right next to the water. And there's something exhilarating about that ocean view and air.
AND there's a great grassy area for kite flying.
AND you never know what street performers you'll bump into. Last April, there was a free-of-charge busker festival. (A busker festival features all sorts of street performers from sword swallowers to jugglers to musicians.) At the end of August, there were magic classes for kids. Here's a link to the Events Calendar http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/
This is the sign outside one of my favorite establishments at Seaport Village.
Here's a shot from inside. It really is a terrific bookstore + coffee shop. There are even free board games (like checkers) and tables where you can play.
I always include some time at Seaport Village for my out-of-town visitors.
Seaport Village: West Harbor Drive + Pacific Highway
website for Seaport Village
And now for a little trivia....Here's what dictionary.com says about the verb "to busk":
–verb (used without object)
1. Chiefly British. to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public place.
2. Canadian. to make a showy or noisy appeal.
Say what? "To busk" has a different definition in Canada? I must check with my sisters!
I was also going to include more trivia about the "upstart crow." However, I've run out of time. I'll get to it, though. One of these days.
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