Things to do in San Diego When Your Flight is Delayed

Luckily for frequent fliers, San Diego International Airport is located nearby downtown San Diego, Old Town, and Seaport Village, meaning that you'll still have many things to do if your flight is delayed. Public transportation is easily accessible, and most airlines will let you drop your luggage early if the error is on their part.

Here are the five best things to do near the San Diego International Airport.

Take a stroll through Seaport Village

Just three miles from the San Diego International Airport is Seaport Village, a quaint seaside neighborhood filled with quirky shops, beautiful views, and historical sites. Take a tour of the Star of India, a vessel from 1863 that has made multiple journeys around the globe. From shops full of knick-knacks to D.I.Y. body lotion workshops, there's a variety of activities to do and window shopping to be had in Seaport Village. Take a picture in front of the Unconditional Surrender Statue, one of San Diego's most romantic icons.

Tour the U.S.S. Midway

The U.S.S. Midway in downtown San Diego is an iconic aircraft carrier used after WWII that was once the largest ship in the world, until 1955. Walk through the once working sleeping barracks, kitchen, and sit inside old aircrafts. Most volunteers are navy veterans, who give guided tours and tell firsthand stories of their time aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Headphone audio tours are also available for visitors interested in going at their own pace. Budget at least two hours to get the full experience.

Grab drinks at the Gaslamp Quarter

It's five o'clock somewhere in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's upbeat nightlife district. Bar hop from Barleymash to the Tipsy Crow to Star Bar. Though these are recommended, you really can't go wrong by walking up and down the street and popping into whatever bar catches your eye.

Explore Old Town

For an exciting and educational experience, head to Old Town, San Diego where you can watch theater plays, visit the tequila factory, get spooked at the haunted Whaley House, and participate in interactive costume role-plays that are fun for all ages. If your flight is delayed in the evening, check online to see if there will be live entertainment, a common occurrence in the upbeat town.

Museum hop in Balboa Park

Balboa Park is one of San Diego's most beautiful areas with an array of different museums, science centers, IMAX movie theaters, statues, gardens, and art performances. There are enough activities to fill a few hour gap or an entire day. Some museum highlights include the Museum of Man for interesting displays centered around mankind, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for curious kids, and the Old Globe Theater for world-class performing arts.

Chantae Reden is a native San Diegan and travel writer. Find more of her travel advice on her blog,