Must-see attractions in La Jolla

  • Children's Pool

    La Jolla

    Built in the 1930s behind a wave-cutting seawall, La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created as a family beach but has since been invaded by herds of seals…

  • Birch Aquarium At Scripps, La Jolla, California. (Photo by: Education Images/Citizens of the Planet/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

    Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    La Jolla

    This state-of-the-art aquarium is a wonderous underwater world home to 5000 fish. Visitors can watch sharks dart, kelp forests sway, and even meet a…

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    Cave Store

    La Jolla

    Waves have carved a series of caves into the sandstone cliffs east of La Jolla Cove. The one below the Cave Store, a shop selling vintage curios, is 200…

  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Pacific Ocean, CA,(P)

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

    La Jolla

    This reserve preserves the last mainland stands of the Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana), a species adapted to sparse rainfall and sandy, stony soils. Steep…

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    La Jolla

    Housed in a graceful Spanish renaissance structure, this space is devoted exclusively to art and music. Its reading room is a lovely place to relax and…

  • University of California San Diego

    La Jolla

    UCSD was established in 1960 and now has more than 30,000 students and a strong reputation, particularly for mathematics and science. It lies on rolling…

  • La Jolla Historical Society

    La Jolla

    This place has vintage photos and beach memorabilia, plus regular exhibitions from classic cars to architecture.

  • Salk Institute

    La Jolla

    In 1960 Jonas Salk, the polio-prevention pioneer, founded the Salk Institute for biological and biomedical research. San Diego County donated 27 acres of…

  • La Jolla Recreation Center

    La Jolla

    Commissioned by Ellen Browning Scripps and designed by famous San Diego architect Irving Gill, this notable building dates to 1915. The center has…

  • Bishop’s School

    La Jolla

    Although not open to the public, campus buildings (visible from the street) date back to 1898 and are a good example of early architecture in the area. If…

  • St James Episcopal Church

    La Jolla

    Classic architecture, a nice place to stop for a photo on a historic walking tour of La Jolla.