When I want to get away from Los Angeles for the weekend I often take the kids to San Diego. It is only a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles and I have a good friend who lives in La Jolla which is slightly north of downtown San Diego. Today I’ll share some fun things to do in La Jolla and tomorrow I will write more about things to do in other parts of San Diego. La Jolla is an affluent part of San Diego so things tend to be well maintained and slightly more expensive than other parts of San Diego.
La Jolla is known for the beautiful beaches that stretch along the coast. There are local beaches and tourist beaches around town. You will always see people surfing at the beach, and if you go to the La Jolla Cove you’ll see locals going for a swim regardless of the season. There are also many people going snorkeling from this spot. I enjoy taking the kids here because there is also a nice sized green field at Scripps Park where we play ball and run around. La Jolla Shores is a crescent shaped beach that is a mile in length which is pretty busy with both locals and visitors. Kayaking, surfing and swimmers can be found at this beach. You’ll find a number of hotels, beach style shops, and restaurants here. There are also sea caves in the area where you can do kayak tours or you can visit the Cave Store with the kids. For a small fee you can walk in the caves from the store on a manmade tunnel.
I can’t forget to mention the seals and sea lions that have taken over the Children’s Pool of the La Jolla Cove. Way before I ever visited San Diego this area used to be a concrete breakwater for kids to swim, but the seals and sea lions decided to make it their home. You can walk out onto the sea wall glancing back at the mammals and view the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Be careful though, last time we walked on the old breakwater I wasn’t paying attention and a big wave crashed on the walkway and soaked me from the waist down! Luckily it was a sunny day and I quickly dried off. You can also walk down the steep stairs to the beach to look at them closer, but please do not get too close, they need some space! There are usually locals near the seals and sea lions with an information table and a few items for sale.
Other fun things to do in La Jolla include shopping or dining on Prospect Street, the downtown area which is just up the hill from the beach. There is an information center here to help orient you to the town and it’s a good spot to stop for maps and information. You can also catch a beautiful sunset from here since part of the downtown faces the beach. The University of California San Diego is located in La Jolla. Sometimes I’ll take the kids to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps (part of the university) which has 3,000 different animals to view. I like this aquarium because it is not crowded and you can take your time to explore. Outside there are usually exhibits for the kids to enjoy too.
At night I like to drive on the Coast Boulevard and look out at the ocean with the moon light and lights from the coastal homes glaring at it; what a relaxing and beautiful view. You can also go to Mount Soledad ,which is located above La Jolla, and take in a 360 degree view of the city below. It is at an elevation of 822 feet and marked with a white cross. I prefer to go here in the day to look out, but the evening works too! There is always more to do in La Jolla including golfing and museums, but I am sure that the things I have mentioned can keep you busy for a weekend away.