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La Jolla California Things To Do

La Jolla is home to an endless variety of attractions to experience and explore. Like spectacular beaches, art and cultural venues, adventure tours and world class shopping. And within a short drive, you’ll discover other attractions throughout the Greater San Diego area.

La Jolla beaches are the main attractions. From sunbathing to swimming, surfing, ocean recreation and even scuba diving within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. And for those that enjoy moonlight strolls and romantic sunsets, there are no more spectacular views than what you’ll find in La Jolla, California.

The Birch Aquarium is where the wonders of the ocean come alive for all ages to experience up close. The aquarium is the Interpretive Center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. Consider these interactive adventures into the mysteries of ocean life. Like seasonal scheduled Full Moon Pier Walks with guides on the Scripps Research Pier to explore the nocturnal habits of marine life. Or take the Movie Ride that takes visitors through a computer generated marine life visual adventure complete with surround-sound. On the third Saturday of each month, the Aquarium Family Days includes arts and crafts, special tours and other activities to learn about sea life. Peak into the crystal clear coral reef farms that are environmentally raised for research and visitor enjoyment. Explore the Tidal Pool Discovery Center where the pools are exposed and then hidden as the tides cycle. Watch the Scripps Divers plunge into the giant 70,000 gallon Kelp Forest Tank with several varieties of sharks and fish.

The Aquarium sponsors many public programs such as kayaking to ocean caves, whale watching and snorkeling the clear waters of La Jolla Cove.

Visit the La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego that is open to the public daily at 11:00 a.m. except Wednesdays to enjoy at your own pace or with guided tours delivered in both English and Spanish. Special exhibitions are continuously scheduled.

The annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts sponsored by the Kiwanis Foundation of Torrey Pines is held but once a year, but if you’re visiting La Jolla in June you don’t want to miss a weekend of art, music, food and fun. The event benefits programs for physically challenged San Diegans

The La Jolla Playhouse is a creative home base for both performing artists and cultural seeking audiences. The Playhouse has received over 300 major awards including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre.

Whether you just want to relish the breathtaking views or step into the venture of tandem hang gliding, visit the Torrey Pines Glider Port that sits atop the 300 foot cliff overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The Glider Port which has been named the “premier soaring for the United States” provides year round paragliding, hang gliding and remote-controlled gliding for the adventurous thrill-seekers.

Ahh. Then there’s world class shopping right here in La Jolla Village, a 30-block shopping bonanza on and around Prospect Street just above La Jolla’s beaches. Here you’ll find a paradise of apparel, accessories, jewelry, specialty stores, quaint boutiques and art galleries. The world famous University Towne Centre (UTC) in La Jolla’s Golden Triangle area on La Jolla Village Drive adds to the shopping fun.

Other nearby attractions to La Jolla include SeaWorld, LegoLand California, Mission Bay Park, The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, The Wild Animal Park and the major sporting venues of the NFL San Diego Chargers and the MLB San Diego Padres.


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