Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve

Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve

Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve
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pasowine
Paso Robles, CA5,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Friends told us about this place - and where to find some parking! It is an absolute find of a short hike. You go through the native grass/bushes for a bit and then pop out to the edge of the cliffs north of La Jolla. Amazing and spectacular views both up and down the coastline. Since it is not far south of the Gliderport, you often see the pilots come over as well. Some amazing houses and mansions are in view! The trail is a circle so you don't really have to repeat anything either. Not to be missed!
Written 11 February 2020
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Not only does Scripps Institute of Oceanography do outstanding scientific research, their main campus in La Jolla faces the Pacific Ocean. Thus, from the 2nd floor cafe that's open to the public, you have a sweeping view of the Pacific. Additional food for thought can be obtained from their sporadic public lectures. Parking on campus or nearby streets is challenging, but worth it.
Written 5 January 2020
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iluv2eatntravel
San Diego, CA1,861 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The natural environment here is a joy to explore with hiking trails and side roads leading to beautiful views of the oceans and sea cliffs. Probably the best way to get here is to side street park along La Jolla Shores Dr just after La Jolla Farms Road and hike down (yes the hike back up can be more challenging than the hike down but doable). Scripps Institute of Oceanography has several buildings spread out this vast area but they are situated in such that they do not impair the views.
Written 24 November 2019
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Sunny Dr
Alexandria, VA1,200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We had a conference in this place and it is located in the most beautiful location with amazing views. We had lunch outside facing the ocean, watching the surfers and the pelicans. Lovely installations
Written 19 November 2019
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ElleLaJolla
La Jolla, CA4,779 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Scripps Institute of Oceanography is a lovely campus in La Jolla. What many people don't know is that Scripps has a Coastal Reserve, which is an undeveloped natural area. One of these areas is what locals call the "Knoll," accessible from La Jolla Farms Rd, with native vegetation that changes drastically with the seasons. While dry and brown in fall and winter, spring is a great time to visit because everything is in bloom, and the strong fragrances of sagebrush and other coastal natives are a delight. The reserve has a flat loop trail along the steep bluffs, and the views from these bluffs are beautiful. Coyotes (or at least their scat), rabbits, squirrels and rattlesnakes are often spotted on the trail.
The rest of the reserve can be seen while walking down Blacks Beach Trailhead down to the beach. Access is by a paved road that only grandfathered-in locals can drive down on. Everyone else must walk. It is fairly steep, but well worth it. The road can be found north of the Coastal Reserve entrance on the intersection of LJ Farms Rd and Blackgold Rd.
Written 13 October 2019
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA1,863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Scripps is a top-notch grad school (part of UCSD) doing important scientific research with a great aquarium (and gift shop) and, possibly, the most beautiful campus there is with the most amazing views.
Written 29 September 2019
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Ellen H
La Jolla, CA347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Love visiting this aquarium. Fun for kids as well as adults. Always something new and exciting to see. Hands on exhibits make it amusing too. Beautiful view
Written 7 September 2019
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Marjorie C
La Jolla, CA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
I have taken many grandchildren here and they all love it. If you let them lead you, you will see things you might not have ever noticed with your adult eyes. A fun one or two hour adventure and interactive displays are fun for kids as well.
Written 31 March 2019
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
If you are looking for a place to watch sunset in La Jolla, look no further than the beach in front of Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Absolutely stunning!
Written 1 March 2019
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Julie C
Hayward, California, United States6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
It was a beautiful smaller aquarium filled with many tanks of fish of all colors and sizes. A sea turtle too. It was a must visit spot if you are in La Jolla
Written 1 August 2018
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