Ellen Browning Scripps Park Tours
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Nestled between La Jolla and the coast, Ellen Browning Scripps Park is often called San Diego’s most photographed spot and it’s easy to see why; it’s the park is home to three sandy beaches, a wide- open lawn for picnicking, and a scenic walkway along the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with viewpoints for whale watching and beautiful California sunsets.
Ellen Browning Scripps Park offers plenty of space to throw a Frisbee or let the kids run around and explore. La Jolla Cove has tide pools at low tide, and seals and sea lions can often be seen snoozing on the rocks at Children’s Pool beach. The park can be visited independently or as part of a sightseeing tour of San Diego—on foot and even via Segway. Travelers who want to avoid the stress of traffic and parking in La Jolla can opt for a tour that includes transportation.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water, as there’s little shade in the park.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Arrive early if you want to take advantage of La Jolla’s limited street parking.
- The park is wheelchair accessible and offers picnic tables, barbecues, and restrooms.
How to Get There
There are several ways to reach the park, located at the bottom of Coast Boulevard next to La Jolla Cove. Take the Route 30 bus to downtown La Jolla, just a short walk away., Oor, if you’re driving, follow Coast Boulevard to the bottom of the hill.
When to Get There
Ellen Browning Scripps Park can be visited year-round. It’s a popular spot for weddings and public events, particularly in summer; during this time, plan to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and avoid traffic. Other times of the year are less crowded.
Wildlife in Ellen Browning Scripps Park
While many come to this San Diego park for its beaches, grassy picnic areas, and gorgeous views, it’s also a great place to see wildlife. Flocks of sea birds, California sea lions, and harbor seals frequent the park throughout the year, and winter is the best time to catch sight of migrating whales spouting in the waters just off the California coast.
Address: Scripps Park, La Jolla, California 92037, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Curious about La Jolla’s backstory? Lace-up your sneakers, it’s time to soak in the glory and magnificence of this sun-kissed seaside community by immersing yourself in its story, history and architecture. Take in the feel, allure and romance of this Southern Californian coastal paradise as you stroll the streets of the downtown village of La Jolla with this GPS tour as your guide. You can Tour Freely: stop and start at your leisure. Go back in time to discover fascinating fun facts about La Jolla’s early days. Discover the influence of Ellen Browning Scripps and view historical sites designed by architect Irving Gill. Take in an expansive vista from a tucked-away historic observation deck. See and hear the seals and sea lions barking at the Children’s Pool - pupping season is in Spring! See Dr Seuss original artworks along the way and swing by the La Valencia Hotel, where Hollywood luminaries like Gregory Peck and Dorothy Maguire stayed and have a delicious Whaler drink at the bar.
See La Jolla’s mansions, shops and scenic beaches on a 2-hour Segway tour of San Diego’s most glamorous neighborhood. Follow your guide up and down La Jolla’s famous hills, get a glimpse of the boats on Windansea Beach and watch for the seals and sea lions that cluster around Children’s Pool Beach. Cruise past Bird Rock’s seaside estates and the elegant boutiques that line the neighborhood’s shopping district, then finish your tour at a lush, coastal park with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Ellen Browning Scripps Park?
The best ways to experience Ellen Browning Scripps Park are:
- La Jolla Tour: Explore California's Riviera on a GPS audio walk with ocean views
- La Jolla Segway Tour
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