Seaport Village, San Diego
it's a nice place but it is expensive and usually very crowded. they do have great sea food restaurants and the sunsets are beautiful.
Unique Suggestions: take your camera.
Fun Alternatives: visit downtown coronado the beach is just a couple of blocks away. Rhinoceros cafe is uber yummy.
Make it seem like historic site, but is just up-scale collection of pricey shops and restaurants.
Unique Suggestions: It's nice to look around Seaport Village, and they have many interesting shops and restaurants, it is very up-scale, I woundn't buy anything there. There are other places in the city and downtown that have similar for a better price.
But the vistas are nice from Seaport Village, to downtown, Coronado Island and the Naval Base directly across the bay. It is worth a look, but spend your money elsewhere.
Fun Alternatives: Old Town or Downtown restaurants. Shops, anywhere else!
It's just a bunch of overpriced shops. You can see the bay from any number of places, don't waste your time here.
Unique Suggestions: Just walk away.
Fun Alternatives: Walk along the Embarcadero. It's near and a pleasant walk with great views.
If you're planning on going to Seaport Village, be prepared for 100's of other tourists that will be there too. It reminds me of the duty-free shopping area in St. Thomas - which was built for tourists and packed with visor-wearing sun-seekers.
Not that Seaport isn't worth a village. There are a few great palces to eat, including a Greek taverna with gyros, salads and other yummy Greek food. Most shops sell SD merchandise - t-shirts, mugs, postcards - though be prepared to pay more than you would elsewher in SD. I noticed that prices were hiked up because it's such a tourist mecca.
Unique Suggestions: For free, sit down and relax in the park-like area, away from the shops. You can look at the yachts moored here, or look over to Coronado. A very pretty view. DON'T BE put off by the homeless people sleeping in the park. I've fallen asleep sunbathing here many times and not been bothered once. In fact, the noisy tourists are more urksome than the sleeping homeless.
Fun Alternatives: Enjoy the views, take a deep breath and don't be sucked into all the quaint shops, where you'll inevitably end up paying more for something than you should have.
An alternative? This is something you should experience as it's not unpleasant if you accept it's a tourist trap!
San Diego is situated on ocean and where I am standing is Mission Bay and Beach. Here is a small amusement park for kids and this basket ball court. The building behind me is a tourst info center and is mostly crowded as its a great city to come to enjoy and explore.
I hate to say this but.....Seaport Village is not the best of attractions..at least in some people's eyes. It can appear very 'kitchy' but if your into shops with 'themes' along the bay then this is the place for you.
Unique Suggestions: It does have some good resuarants and a nice marina near it. It can be a good place to go after work and just relax....walk around...and view the harbor.
Fun Alternatives: The Gaslight District is much better and in the downtown area just minutes from Seaport Village. It is a bit trendy but has a very nice mall and shops throughout it...as well as resuarants and clubs.
It really just depends on your preferences.
Seaport Village is a classic example of a tourist trap, but it's a great place to visit. Lots of neat shops, a candy store for the kids, a couple of great restaurants, a carosel and arcade for the kids, etc. make a fun, family outing for the day. It's located by the ocean so you can see some naval ships, yachts, or sailboats. There is a cost for parking though but nonetheless, it's a great family outing and I highly recommend it.