Looking for things to do in La Jolla this summer? Here’s a fun list of things to do in La Jolla and what’s really awesome is that most of these are free!
1. Go to the La Jolla Open Aire Market
The La Jolla Open Aire Market is open every Sunday from 9:00am until 1:30pm at La Jolla Elementary School. With over 120 vendors, the Open Aire Market is a favorite community gathering for La Jollans, especially since all proceeds benefit La Jolla Elementary School. There’s often live music and plenty to keep the kids happy, such as face-painting.
2. Snorkel with leopard sharks
Every summer, these pregnant female sharks congregate in the warm, shallow water by the Marine Room restaurant at La Jolla Shores. In a sense, they’re incubating their babies. They can measure around 4 feet long, but don’t worry, they’re harmless. Try going when the tide is low and the waves are small. You can check that information here.
3. Have a picnic at Kate Sessions park
Kate Sessions Park is the best place for a picnic! It’s huge, it has trees for shade, it’s dog-friendly, and it has the most amazing views of all of San Diego. Pack a blanket, food, a Frisbee and just relax for the afternoon.
4. Hike the La Jolla Natural Park
This little-known hike ascends high above La Jolla Village in a 42 acre open space. The trailhead is located on Al Bahr Drive. The hike is a short 1 mile uphill. Beautiful views spanning from La Jolla Village to La Jolla Shores await you at the top. For more information about this hike, read my blog post and check out my drone video here.
5. Take the free guided cove swim
I signed up for the free guided cove swim at La Jolla Swim and Sport as a way to overcome my fear of swimming in the ocean. Adriana, the owner, is an expert cove swimmer, as she does it almost every morning year round! I can’t say enough good things about her. She’s great at taking your cues and making you comfortable. She truly wants to share the gift of the cove with people and it really is a beautiful thing. I swam with sea lions and saw Garibaldi fish during my swim.
6. Eat at Trilogy Sanctuary
Trilogy Sanctuary is a funky addition to La Jolla. Located on a rooftop above Girard Ave, Trilogy Sanctuary offers a gluten-free vegan café, aerial yoga, and quirky events such as Full Moon parties. I’m neither gluten-free nor vegan, but Trilogy’s café is some of the yummiest food in the village. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. It’s amazing just how good dessert can be without dairy or refined sugar.
7. Kayak the sea caves
There are a number of companies in La Jolla Shores along Avenida De La Playa that offer guided kayak tours of the La Jolla sea caves. The tours generally take 2 hours. You’ll get some good exercise, see plenty of sea lions, kayak through the cave, and learn a lot about the La Jolla Underwater Park. Find out more here.
8. Ride bikes on the La Jolla Bike Path
The La Jolla Bike Path will take you from Nautilus Street near the fire station, to La Jolla Hermosa Ave in Bird Rock. I like it because it’s a safe place to ride away from traffic.
9. Take a class at Riffs Studios
Riffs Studios is a music and yoga studio located in the Bird Rock section of La Jolla. Yoga classes are set to live music and take place on their outdoor deck. The combination of yoga, being outdoors, and listening to great music is enough to make this non-yogi take an occasional class.
10. Watch the sun set at Windansea beach
If you need a dose of zen in your life, head to Windansea Beach and watch the sun set.
Hope you enjoyed this list of fun things to do in La Jolla. Enjoy your summer!