Nestled between La Jolla and the coast, Ellen Browning Scripps Park is often called San Diego’s most photographed spot and it’s easy to see why; it’s the park is home to three sandy beaches, a wide- open lawn for picnicking, and a scenic walkway along the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with viewpoints for whale watching and beautiful California sunsets.
Ellen Browning Scripps Park offers plenty of space to throw a Frisbee or let the kids run around and explore. La Jolla Cove has tide pools at low tide, and seals and sea lions can often be seen snoozing on the rocks at Children’s Pool beach. The park can be visited independently or as part of a sightseeing tour of San Diego—on foot and even via Segway. Travelers who want to avoid the stress of traffic and parking in La Jolla can opt for a tour that includes transportation.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water, as there’s little shade in the park.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Arrive early if you want to take advantage of La Jolla’s limited street parking.
- The park is wheelchair accessible and offers picnic tables, barbecues, and restrooms.
How to Get There
There are several ways to reach the park, located at the bottom of Coast Boulevard next to La Jolla Cove. Take the Route 30 bus to downtown La Jolla, just a short walk away., Oor, if you’re driving, follow Coast Boulevard to the bottom of the hill.
When to Get There
Ellen Browning Scripps Park can be visited year-round. It’s a popular spot for weddings and public events, particularly in summer; during this time, plan to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and avoid traffic. Other times of the year are less crowded.
Wildlife in Ellen Browning Scripps Park
While many come to this San Diego park for its beaches, grassy picnic areas, and gorgeous views, it’s also a great place to see wildlife. Flocks of sea birds, California sea lions, and harbor seals frequent the park throughout the year, and winter is the best time to catch sight of migrating whales spouting in the waters just off the California coast.