The days are already starting to warm up here in La Jolla, and although it’s beautiful, it can be nice to escape the heat for a while and do something fun indoors or in the water. We’ve put together a list of some fun activities for those days when it’s just a little to hot to be outside walking around! Check out these top 5 activities and places to stay cool in La Jolla.
1. The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery
Located at 7946 Ivanhoe Ave in the heart of La Jolla, this often-overlooked art gem features paintings, sculpture and Limited Edition works from internationally-acclaimed artists. It’s a great place to spend an hour or two just browsing or even purchasing for the more artistically-inclined collectors! They’re open from 10am-6pm Mondays-Thursdays & 10am-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
2. The Birch Aquarium
The Aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily and is chockfull of awesome exhibits. See more than 3,000 fish in 60 different habitats plus a museum on ocean & earth science. Additionally, on the 13th of this month, the Aquarium’s monthly SEA Day will be happening! Since May is Clean Air Month, May’s SEA Days is all about aerosols, which are extremely small particles (like dust, soot, and sea spray) that live in Earth’s atmosphere and come from vehicles, volcanoes, and sea spray from the ocean. Pack a picnic lunch and the whole family and head inside to learn something new.
3. Sunny Jim Cave
What better way to stay cool than hanging out below ground? The Sunny Jim Cave is one of the coolest (literally and figuratively) places to visit in downtown La Jolla – and you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy it!
It’s world famous for being the only known land access sea cave on the California coastline and is one of the most photographed spots in all of San Diego. Head over to the Cave Store entrance on Coast Blvd. South and get ready for an awesome underground experience! Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children 16 years and under.
4. The Athenaeum
The La Jolla Athenaeum is a great place to spend an hour or two on a hot summer weekday – they’ll be putting on free concerts every Monday at noon! The concerts feature both local and touring musicians and include jazz, folk and world music. Just line up at the side door of the Athenaeum before noon; there are no reservations or tickets necessary. And if you miss the concerts, there are always the Exhibitions presented in the three gallery spaces inside. The art exhibits are on view during library hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
5. Go Kayaking, Snorkeling, or Whale Watching
Though kayaking and snorkeling may commonly be viewed as favorite activities of the inexperienced tourist, summer weather in La Jolla makes them the perfect candidate for locals and visitors alike. La Jolla Kayak offers more than just your run-of-the-mill tours, including Cove Snorkels, kayak and snorkel combination tours, Leopard Shark viewing snorkels, and whale watching tours. You can also just rent a kayak or two for a few hours and spend the day exploring on your own. Head over to their headquarters at 2199 Avenida De La Playa to rent a kayak and start your adventure on one of these extra-balmy afternoons!
For more ways to stay cool in San Diego check out the Cool Zones Program of San Diego, California. What do you like to do when it gets warm outside? Share, post, and engage with us in the comments or on Facebook using hashtag #LaJollaBB!
[Images courtesy of lajollasandiegohomes.com, contemporaryfineartsgallery.com, aquarium.ucsd.edu, cavestore.com, ljathenaeum.com, & californiathroughmylens.com]
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