Top 7 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in San Diego

Seaport Village has many excellent shops and restaurants. Photo by
Seaport Village has many excellent shops and restaurants. Photo by

Dine Outdoors in Seaport Village

There’s always something happening at this little waterfront destination. From buskers, Greek music, palm readings and shopping, it’s really hard to get bored. You can stroll the piers looking at art and shopping, and if you’re a foodie, you’ll find a large variety of restaurants. Margarita’s Kitchen & Cantina is mouthwatering if you’re in the mood for Mexican food. They offer dishes from Mexico’s Oaxaca and Michoacán regions. If you’re not in the mood for Mexican food, just walk a few minutes and you’ll find Greek food, gourmet cupcakes, burgers and more.

Most places have outside dining, or you can grab your food and eat while you take a walk around the village. Kids love the historic carousel, and there are face painters, balloon animal artists and more along the pier. You can get a caricature done or even hold exotic birds. Check out their calendar of free outdoor concerts, which happen frequently in Seaport. At night, Seaport Village is a colorful assortment of lights on the water.

The USS Midway. Photo by
The USS Midway. Photo by

Find Your Inner Maverick at the USS Midway Museum

You’ll do a lot of walking when you tour the USS Midway. This aircraft carrier, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, is no small vessel, and you can easily spend the whole day exploring its decks and rooms. Complete with an audio tour, you can imagine what it was like to live and work aboard the USS Midway. While exploring, you can interact with climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, videos and flight simulators to unleash your inner Maverick. Afterwards, head to Kansas City Barbeque, a nearby restaurant where two scenes from Top Gun were filmed.

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Author Bio: Kelsey Nelson is an assistant editor at Go World Travel. She has a passion for travel, reading and editing anything she can get her hands on.



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