La Jolla’s bright, charming streets and relaxed atmosphere make it an ideal place to visit with family. No matter what your family likes to do, there’s so much to enjoy nearby!
No day in La Jolla is complete without a stop on the beach. Take the stairs down to the Children’s Pool Beach, where your little ones will enjoy meeting the neighborhood’s famed seal colony. If your kids are older, you might even try going snorkeling at La Jolla Cove!
If you’re looking for something fun to do indoors, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art on Prospect Street in La Jolla. Not only does this museum have a rotating selection of modern art exhibits, but it also has incredible ocean views. They even offer free admission for visitors under 25 years old, which makes it an ideal activity to enjoy with your kids.
The Heart of Downtown La Jolla
When visiting downtown La Jolla, don't miss Girard Avenue & Prospect St. Prospect St boasts several different kinds of shops, while Girard is home to trendy, upscale boutiques like Francesca’s.
For the best savings on these activities, consider picking up a Go San Diego Card in advance, which adds an exclusive additional discount to combine activities, attractions, and gear rentals for activities like snorkeling or paddle boarding. The all-inclusive pass includes access to over 50 attractions and experiences in greater San Diego, including museums, The San Diego Zoo and LEGOLAND – fun in La Jolla and beyond!
Families who are fans of Dr. Seuss will want to check out the Legends Gallery on Prospect Street. The gallery is one of the only places where you can find real Dr. Seuss artwork, including illustrations and sculptures.
Dr. Seuss lived in La Jolla for most of his life, and was very inspired by the area’s natural beauty. If you’re willing to venture further north to the University of California, you’ll find the Geisel Library, which hosts the Dr. Seuss collection and is an architecturally significant building in its own right.
There’s also plenty of family friendly shopping and dining in La Jolla, so you can enjoy everything the area has to offer even if you have kids in tow. Gepetto’s is an incredible local toy store, and Warwick’s has a full selection of kids’ books to peruse.
If your kids are craving a sweet treat on your shopping day, don’t worry - there are plenty of excellent options to choose from. Bobboi Natural Gelato is right on the water and is a great way to cool off on a hot day. For a vintage candy shop experience, head to Balboa Candy, which is known for their incredible saltwater taffy.