You'll find some of the best views of the harbor at Seaport Village, three bustling shopping plazas designed to reflect the New England clapboard, and Spanish Mission architectural styles of early California. On a prime stretch of waterfront the dining, shopping, and entertainment complex connects the harbor with hotel towers and the convention center. Specialty shops offer everything from a kite store and swing emporium to a shop devoted to hot sauces. You can dine at snack bars and restaurants, many with harbor views.
Live music can be heard daily from noon to 4 at the main food court. Additional free concerts take place every Sunday from 1 to 4 at the East Plaza Gazebo. If you happen to visit San Diego in late November or early December, you might be lucky enough to catch Surfing Santa's Arrival and even have your picture taken with Santa on his wave. In late March or early April, the Seaport Buskers Fest presents an array of costumed street performers. The Seaport Village
Carousel (rides $3) has 54 animals, hand-carved and hand-painted by Charles Looff in 1895.
Across the street, the newly opened Headquarters at Seaport District converted the historic police headquaters into several trendsetting shops and restaurants, including the local Urban Beach House for surfer-chic apparel, alongside outposts of Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza and LA celeb boutique Kitson.
Seaport Village's shops are open daily 10 to 9 in winter and 10 to 10 in summer; a few eateries open early for breakfast. The Headquarters' shops are open Monday to Saturday from 10 to 9, and 10 to 8 on Sunday; restaurants may have extended hours.