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Free Things To Do In San Diego County - La Jolla

Updated on June 8, 2012

Even La Jolla offers plenty of free activities. Just south of the Torrey Pines area is La Jolla Shores, a great family beach for swimming and surfing that also has a grassy picnic area, playground and public bathrooms. Further to the south, do some window shopping in La Jolla Village, or drop down to take a walk along the scenic cliff-lined beaches. La Jolla Cove is a very small beach that is sheltered from the rest of the ocean and does not allow surfers, etc. It is part of the La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, and is good for swimming and snorkeling as well as scuba diving. A popular fireworks show is put on here every year on the 4th of July. Also part of the park, between the Cove and La Jolla Shores to the north, are the Seven La Jolla Sea Caves, which can be explored at low tide, or seen in part from above anytime. Continuing along the walkway to the south you will reach The Children's Pool, an area that is currently designated for the local seals, a treat not found at many other San Diego beaches. Further to the south along the walkway are more rocky beaches, including Shell, Casa, Wipeout and Hospital's Beaches, which might not be so good for swimming, but are great for collecting shells or investigating tide pools at low tide. Still further to the south are some good surfing beaches, including Marine Street Beach and Windansea. At the southern end of La Jolla is the Bird Rock neighborhood, which has a small shopping area and more picturesque views of the ocean. A few blocks inland, as La Jolla meets the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, is Mount Soledad, a prominent San Diego landmark that serves as a veteran's memorial and offers 360o views of San Diego. A fantastic place to take a picnic lunch.

The La Jolla branch of San Diego's Museum of Contemporary Art is on Prospect Street, and is free to the public on the third Thursday of every month from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. In addition to its art displays, the museum offers interesting architecture and great views of the ocean from the sculpture garden.

Additionally, La Jolla's Riford Library on Draper Street offers a multitude of free and interesting events, including regularly scheduled reading, writing, chess, yoga and knitting groups, as well as musical concerts and movie nights, including one in which film noir classics are played. Free events for youngsters include story times (including one in French), book clubs, craft gatherings, baby sign language and yoga classes. Please check the website for current scheduling (


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