It’s that time of year again – spring is coming, school is out, and the weather is beautiful. There are a ton of great spring break activities in La Jolla that are a perfect way to enjoy your time off; with family, friends, or both! Check out our top 10 activities here.
1. Try Paragliding or Hang Gliding
If you’ve ever wanted to try out an extreme sport, now is the time! Fly with the most experienced tandem instructors in the world at the Torrey Pines Gliderport, the largest global tandem operation in the US. All of their instructors are USHPA-certified, so you can feel safe in their hands (literally). What’s not to love about an activity that begins by jumping off a cliff? You’ll get to glide along the coast of beautiful La Jolla, absorbing incredible ocean views the entire time.
Tandem hang gliding and paragliding are both options, though paragliding is the more prevalent of the two and allows for flight in a more diverse range of conditions.
La Jolla is one of the best locations in San Diego to go tide pooling. Shell Beach and Dike Rock are two popular spots for the activity. Shell Beach is located near La Jolla Shores at the end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, between Girard and Jenner Streets. These tide pools are best viewed at low tide, and visitors are often lucky enough to find small star fish and octopus! Dike Rock is located at the base of Scripps Pier on UCSD property and is a part of the La Jolla Underwater Park marine reserve. The name refers to a volcanic bench of rock that has extruded through a large gap in the sedimentary rocks and runs perpendicular to the beach. The best tide pools are over the dike to the north side. Happy tide pooling!
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3. Dine with a View
Known for its incredible panoramic views of the Pacific and great seafood, La Jolla is the perfect spot to dine outdoors when the weather is warm. There are several restaurants that boast awesome patios with delicious cuisine, including George’s at the Cove,The Cottage, and Crab Catcher.
4. Snorkel with Sea Creatures
Spend your (or the kids’) time off exploring La Jolla’s famous Underwater Park! It’s no secret that La Jolla is a haven for snorkelers and scuba divers; there are a bunch of places that rent out snorkel equipment for a more DIY experience, and for those feeling slightly less adventurous, guided tours (snorkeling and bike/snorkel combos too) are always available. Keep a lookout for the elusive leopard shark!
5. Take a Scenic Bike Ride
La Jolla is a great jumping off point for several bike trails that wind throughout San Diego. One of the most well known is the Fay Avenue Bike Path, which starts at Fay Ave and Nautilus Street and runs for a little over a mile. It’s an easy ride and won’t be too strenuous; if you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, check out one of these trails.
6. Kayak the Seven Caves
La Jolla Kayak offers an awesome tour of the infamous Seven Caves along the cliffs in La Jolla. Where else can you actually kayak through a cave? Though you can’t get through all of them, there are at least two that are generally safe (following your guide’s instructions) to enter during a calm tide. This is definitely an experience of a lifetime.
And we mean literally on the beach! A local yoga teacher, Mandy Burstein, holds an Ocean Flow Yoga class on some Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Calumet Park in Bird Rock. Two outdoor yoga classes are held regularly at the Law Street Beach in Pacific Beach.
8. Have a Picnic
Pack a lunch, grab a friend (or a good book), and check out one of La Jolla’s secret picnic spots! The weather is already beautiful and these tucked-away places are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a few minutes of quiet time.
9. Check out the Stuart Collection
The Stuart Collection at UCSD is an eclectic mix of outdoor art pieces, including interactive sculptures (think talking trees) and mysteriously placed houses. Touring the entire thing takes about 2 hours, but you can wander through it as slowly or quickly as you like. The artists took some liberties, and the entire campus is fair game for this kind of art!
10. Learn How to Surf
Wanted to learn, but never got the chance? There are several surf schools located along Avenida de la Playa by La Jolla Shores; Surf Diva Surf School is one of the most popular spots, and they offer private lessons, group lessons, surf clinics, and more. Spend an hour or half a day out on the water – rentals are provided and any level of experience is welcome!
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