Discovered by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, San Diego is considered a young city but don’t let that fool you! San Diego has a rich and colorful past that includes exciting occurrences involving conquistadores and rum runners from Mexico. Although there is much to learn about San Diego’s most popular attractions, we have decided to pick one and give you a quick history lesson so you can be a great source of knowledge when your friends and family come to visit.
Originally called Punta De Los Muertos (Point of the Dead), the village is located in the heart of San Diego’s downtown waterfront area and is full of popular shops and artisanal eateries. Built in 1978, the Seaport Village is actually built on top of a landfill where those who died of scurvy where buried during a 1782 expedition (yikes!).
But have no fear! Seaport Village bears no resemblance to a landfill. The village is set up like a miniature town with a network of cute shops and eateries lining the paved walkway that leads to the water. You can find a beautiful old carousel ride right in the heart of the village making it family friendly and exciting.
While in Seaport Village, you can see many street performers work their magic, which makes the entire experience very family oriented. Feeling hungry? Don’t forget to check out the Harbor House restaurant, the oldest eatery in the village, which serves fresh seafood.