One of only two places on the California coast where these gnarled, once nearly extinct specimens grow, visitors will witness more than 3000 Torrey Pines in this untamed 2000-acre (809 hectares) reserve. You will also see cliffs, mesas, canyons, beaches, and wetlands. Discover eight trails ranging from a 20-minute walk to a two-hour hike. Trail maps are available at the Visitor's Lodge, where you'll also find a modest natural history museum complete with a souvenir shop. Despite the shade, it can be hot in the summer, so bring your own water. See website for maps, online resources and more. Open daily from 8a
Climb 145 steps down into Sunny Jim Cave, the largest of the grottoes in La Jolla Cove. The area is now run by the Cave Store, which displays historic photographs of La Jolla and offers a small concession where visitors can purchase souvenirs, postcards, and T-shirts. A trip here provides a fascinating glimpse into what lies under, as well as over, the scenic California coastline.
The famous biological research facility, founded by renowned polio vaccine inventor Jonas Salk, is perched high above La Jolla surrounded by 26 acres (10.5 acres). Modernist architect Louis I. Kahn designed the twin-structured building in 1965. The landscape includes a courtyard area, "Stream of Life" and a foot-wide water display inspired by architect Louis Barragan which flows through the marble courtyard between the buildings.
Named for newspaper heiress and early La Jolla resident Ellen Browning Scripps, this community park offers one of the best views along the Southern California coastline. The park overlooks La Jolla Cove where clear Pacific waters crash against the rocky shoreline. Countless tourists and locals flock to this park for daytime picnics on the perfectly manicured lawns surrounded by palm trees. The grounds are also ideal for evening strolls while watching glorious sunsets. For those seeking a glimpse of the local seal population Children's Pool Beach is located at the south end of the park.
Expand your knowledge and appreciation for both music and the arts at this expansive library. This location holds collections of videos, books, periodicals and other literature all devoted to fine arts. Beyond the library, Athenaeum holds year-round exhibitions of fine art as well as concerts, featuring jazz and chamber music. Studio art classes are also available to the public.
Originally designed as a safe place for children to wade, this pool is now a haven for sunbathing seals. As the seals took over, the spot's popularity increased, bringing in even more children. But nowadays, the children are often only spectators who have come to see the wild sea lions and seal. The man-made cove is also a popular spot for scuba divers. You can venture out across the water walkway, watching seals and humans—both in their shiny black suits and flippers—slip away into the ocean.
This establishment features contemporary French impressionist and post-impressionist works of art. Step into the small gallery and feel as if you have entered another world. As classical music plays overhead, view paintings from Blanchard, Cortes, Labrofont, La Loue, Loir and Marcel Dyf. In addition to French art, the gallery also represents a small group of American and European contemporary artists, including Park, Dy'ans, Briks, Roos, and others. The pieces are framed and displayed in groups, separated by the artist. All works of art may be purchased.
Believe it or not, in the refined coastal town of La Jolla, you can experience all the beauty and power of animals in their native habitat. World-famous nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has gathered his most impressive work at this La Jolla Village gallery. Finely framed art is available. Guests may also purchase prints of his work in the form of posters, art cards, calendars, journals, books, screen savers and videos. See website for online galleries, online shopping and more.
Contemporary sculptures cover this gallery, which highlights both European and Oriental art. The sculptures are highly elaborate, covering a vast array of subjects, including animals, dancers and horsemen. While the vast majority of floor space is devoted to sculptured work, there is a small section featuring hand-blown crystal pieces, mainly perfume bottles and glasses. Most pieces may be seen during store hours; however, one section of the floor is reserved for viewing by appointment only.