La Jolla Places

TripWhat's travel guide to La Jolla; our list of the best things to see, including Museum of Man, Live and Play in Ellijay, Georgia and Casa de Estudillo.
  • The best place in La Jolla: Museum of Man

    Museum of Man

    1350 El PradoBalboa Park
    Located beneath the majestic California Tower near the Cabrillo Bridge, the Museum of Man is an institution devoted entirely to anthropology. The museum's permanent collection includes exhibits on the Mayan, ancient Egypt, the Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County, Human Evolution, and the Human Life Cycle, with some incredible displays such as mummies, ancient artifacts from prehistoric cultures, and replicas of ancient monuments. $8 adults, $6 seniors/students/military, $4 children, free for children under 6.
    Balboa Park food nearby
  • Live and Play in Ellijay, Georgia

    Live and Play in Ellijay, Georgia

    We power the world’s activities and connect people with the things they love, want, and need to do.
    Carmel Valley eat nearby
  • Casa de Estudillo

    Casa de Estudillo

    4001 Mason St.
    A beautiful historic adobe house that has been lovingly restored to its original appearance.
    Midtown District restaurants nearby
  • San Diego Art Institute

    San Diego Art Institute

    1439 El Prado
    Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su Noon-4PM. A large gallery with changing exhibitions of San Diego artists. $3 adults $2 seniors/military/students, free for children 12 and under.
    Balboa Park food nearby
  • Whaley House Museum

    Whaley House Museum

    2476 San Diego Ave
    Winter: M-Tu 10AM-5PM, Th-Su 10AM-10PM. Summer: Daily 10AM-10PM. The oldest brick building and most famous haunted house in San Diego. Built in 1856, the north room of the museum served as the County Courthouse in 1869. The structure includes period furnishings and other antique displays. Come during the Halloween season for special night tours. Daytime admission $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children, free for children 2 and under. Nighttime admission $10 adults, $5 children, free for children 2 and under.
    Midtown District eat nearby
  • Junipero Serra Museum

    Junipero Serra Museum

    2727 Presidio Drive
    Take the time to visit the historic site of what used to be the first ever California Mission, located in Presidio Park on the hill above Old Town. The museum includes exhibits on the life of Old Town and a tower which offers magnificent views of the area. In addition to the museum, the surrounding Presidio Park contains various statues and memorials, as well as the partially excavated presidio. $5 adults, $2 youth, $4 students/seniors/military, free for children under 6.
    Midtown District restaurants nearby
  • University of California, San Diego

    University of California, San Diego

    A combination of a small liberal arts college and a large research university, UCSD has a good reputation locally and offers some interesting sights. You can take a walk around the campus and observe a number of famous artworks and architectural structures. Be sure to see the Geisel Library, named for the noted author Theodore Geisel (you may know him as Dr. Seuss!). This library is truly outstanding and looks a bit like a giant UFO. Seeing it at dusk is preferable, when the lights are on and the spaceship look is complete. On one side of the library, a sidewalk paved to look like a giant snake brings you down to a sculpture of a book. The floors in the library are quieter as you go higher up, with almost zero tolerance for noise on the eighth floor. The building's design was used for the snow fortress set at the end of "Inception".Also look for some of the campus artwork, such as "Stonehenge", which is a realistic sculpture of stonehenge, and the SunGod statue, which is bright, flamboyant and huge, but somehow camouflaged in a dark lawn.There's also a Che Cafe and Porter's Pub, which should entertain some amount of counterculture. Next to Porter's Pub there's an outside glass blowing facility attached to a coffee shop, so you can sip coffee while watching people blowing glass. Adjacent to that is a blacksmith and pottery workshop.UCSD also has many food joints, dining halls and restaurants that are open to the public. Be sure to hop into the Price Center, which is very close to the Geisel Library and Gilman Drive. There you will find a Burger King, a Subway, Round Table Pizza, Bombay Coast, Rubio's and more.
    Mission Bay food nearby
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade

    along the north side of Harbor Drive between First Avenue and Fifth Avenue
    Promenade, along the north side of Harbor Drive between First Avenue and Fifth Avenue. A linear park honoring the late civil rights activist.
    Midtown eat nearby
  • Babette Schwartz

    421 University Ave
    This drag queen-owned establishment sells fun gifts, books, cards, t-shirts etc. with a quickly changing stock.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla

    700 Prospect Street
    Th 11AM-7PM, F-Tu 11AM-5PM, closed Wednesdays. Permanent and changing contemporary art exhibits. $10 general admission, age 25 and under free.
    La Jolla food nearby
  • Cousin's Candy Shop

    2711 San Diego Ave
    Taffy made on the premises.
    Midtown District
  • Windansea Beach

    in south La Jolla
    This beach has no facilities, but is notable for playing host to a great number of talented and famous surfers. The simple "Surf Shack" structure there has been designated a historic landmark. There are huge, smoothly sculpted rocks on this beach that are fun to climb on on and look at.
    La Jolla restaurants nearby
  • Maidhof Bros.

    1891 San Diego Ave
    , 1891 San Diego Ave, +1 619 574-1891, [24]. Sells genuine ships' salvage items such as wheels, brass portholes, furniture of all kinds including some amazing captain’s desks, compasses, navigational equipment, lamps, lanterns and ropes.
    Midtown District
  • Hillcrest Cinemas

    Hillcrest Cinemas

    3965 5th Ave
    Part of the Landmark Theaters chain, this theater showcases many independent and foreign films.
    Midtown eat nearby
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course

    11480 North Torrey Pines Rd
    A stunning seaside public golf course noted for hosting the PGA Tour Buick Invitational every January or February.
    Mission Bay restaurants nearby
  • SeaWorld


    500 Sea World Dr
    Hours vary by season and day of week; typically 10AM-5PM in winter, 9AM-11PM in summer. A massive (200 acres) marine animal theme park with rides, lots of sea animals (dolphins, sea otters, arctic creatures, sharks, penguins, rays, manatees, etc.) and of course, shows of killer whales like Shamu. $65 adults, $55 children under age 10, free for children under age 3 (parking $10 for cars, $15 for RVs and campers, and $6 for motorcycles).
    Mission Bay food nearby
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    2300 Expedition Way
    Every day, 9AM-5PM. The public center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography (of University of California, San Diego), this award-winning aquarium has many fantastic exhibits, with oceanic species from all over the Pacific Ocean displayed, as well as sharks, a tide pool, a large kelp tank, and a coral reef (with actual living coral). The museum also has some spectacular views of the ocean and La Jolla as well as some nifty tide pools where you can touch tide-pool animals. $11 adults, $9 seniors, $7.50 children/teens. Free for children age 2 and under.
    La Jolla eat nearby
  • Fashion Valley

    7007 Friars Rd
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Nearly 200 stores and restaurants, including several department stores and a movie theater.
    Linda Vista
  • Alvarado Provisions

    2720 Calhoun St
    A general store, good place for snacks. They sell muffins, fresh fruit, and a whole array of hot sauces and things made with the hottest peppers.
    Midtown District
  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

    1008 Wall St
    T, Th-Sa 10AM-5:30PM, W 10AM-8:30PM, closed Sundays and Mondays. A nonprofit, membership library which sponsors art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and art classes. Admission is free.
    La Jolla eat nearby
  • La Jolla Country Club

    7301 High Avenue
  • Mission Bay Playground

    East Mission Bay Drive on Mission Bay
    There are many playgrounds in the city, but this one is easily one of the best. For starters, it's a huge playground, with several elaborate play structures (one is built to resemble a pirate ship) and lots of elements for kids to explore. The setting is also ideal, located on the edge of Mission Bay and surrounded by expansive lawns perfect for kite-flying and playing sports.
    Mission Bay food nearby
  • The Cave Store

    1325 Cave St
    Built on top of a sea cave, this gift shop offers tours of a small cavern open to the ocean. $4 adults, $3 children 16 and under.
    La Jolla eat nearby
  • Belmont Park

    3146 Mission Blvd
    Open April-December, hours vary by season and day of week; typically 11AM-8PM. A seaside-amusement park located near the southern end of Mission Beach, Belmont Park is a landmark with a number of shops, restaurants, an arcade, and a bunch of rides. The big attraction is the Giant Dipper [7], a historic roller coaster that is one of the only two remaining oceanfront roller coasters still operating on the west coast. Also popular is The Plunge, a historic indoor heated swimming pool that continues to be the city's largest indoor pool. Among the other rides is a FlowRider (a simulated wave attraction which you can bodyboard on), an antique carousel, bumper cars, slides, pendulum rides, tilt-a-whirl, and a trampoline. General admission free, ride tickets $1 each (rides take anywhere from 2-6 tickets each).
    Mission Bay restaurants nearby
  • Mormon Battalion Visitors' Center of San Diego

    2510 Juan St
    A monument to the hundreds of Mormons who fought in the US-Mexican War. Free.
    Midtown District food nearby
  • Old Town Trolley

    2115 Kurtz St
    Take a guided trolley tour of not only Old Town but other beautiful parts of San Diego as well. Tours depart every 30 minutes starting at 9AM in front of the Old Town Market at Twiggs St and San Diego Ave. $32 adults, $16 children.
    Midtown District eat nearby
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