La Jolla Cove & Other Attractions - La Jolla Light
La Jolla is home to many well known attractions. See our map at right. More information on Kellogg Park, Scripps Park, Torrey Pines Gliderport and Kate Sessions parks can be found on our parks page. Information on Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Florence Riford Library, and the Jewish Community Center can be found on our Arts & Culture page.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. It is a short walk from Prospect Street, one of the shopping districts in La Jolla. A popular spot for tourists and locals alike, it is a favorite of snorkelers, scuba divers and swimmers. It offers public restrooms and showers, and is located next to Ellen Browning Scripps Park. The annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim and several triathlons start here.
Scripps Research Pier
The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, owned and operated by UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, spans 1,084 feet, making it one of the largest research piers in the world. At night, it is lit and can be seen for miles. The pier, which is closed to the public, is used as a base for monitoring ocean conditions and plankton as well as launching small boats for the institution’s research.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
La Jolla is one of two locations for the Museum of Contemporary art San Diego (MCASD). It is considered the area’s premier museum for artworks created after 1950. The museum offers a wide variety of art exhibits, lectures, films and other cultural events. It is also a popular wedding venue.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
The Birch Aquarium serves as an educational and interpretive center to showcase the efforts of one of the world’s most important and largest centers for ocean and earth science. Through its exhibits and programs, the aquarium also helps people understand the ocean and promotes conservation.
La Jolla Caves
La Jolla is known for some great sea caves to explore. The best known cave is “Sunny Jim,” which has a manmade tunnel from a store built on top. The Sunny Jim Cave is listed as one of the “must see” sights in Southern California by the Encyclopedia Americana. The other caves facing La Jolla Shores are only visible or accessible from the water.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Located on the bluffs with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines — host to the PGA’s 2008 U.S. Open and the LPGA’s 2009 Samsung World Championship — is known around the world as one of the top municipal courses. The Century Club of San Diego hosts the San Diego Open (formerly the Buick Open) which draws the world’s top golfers every year. Also featured are one of the largest on-course golf shops in the U.S., local tournaments, expert instruction and a renowned Junior Golf program.