4 Free Things to Do in La Jolla

There are a number of expenses to consider when planning your vacation. You need to pay for transportation, lodging, food, and sometimes even souvenirs. After all that, you’ll want to enjoy some sightseeing, but even most activities cost at least something. Fortunately, there are still some activities you can enjoy for free during your La Jolla vacation. There are beautiful beaches, exciting events, and even a free museum or two. By saving on some of your sightseeing excursions in La Jolla, you can put that money saved towards something more important, like quality lodging.

Go to the Beach

A trip to La Jolla isn’t complete without a trip to the beach, and you can always enjoy the beach for free. There are several beaches throughout La Jolla, including the popular La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, and Windansea beach. Here you can surf, lounge on the beach with your favorite cocktail, or even watch the seals and sea lions from a distance. There are also sea caves in La Jolla, particularly around La Jolla Cove and Shores. To explore them fully, you might need to take a kayak tour, but they still offer an interesting view from the beach.

Take a Self-Guided Tour

Tours are always a popular choice, but if you don’t have the budget or the inclination to pay someone to show you around, you can take a self-guided tour using maps on your phone or online listings. The advantage of a guided tour is of course the tour guide’s expertise on all the stops. However, you can stop by the La Jolla Historical Society to pick up a free map that will point you to all the historic buildings throughout the village and read up on them where you can yourself. To some, a self-guided tour is not only cheaper but feels a bit more like making an adventure out of your vacation.

Go Hiking

The beaches in La Jolla are beautiful, but so are the many parks and walkways. Some parks, such as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, charge a small entry fee, though it goes down after September. The 380-foot Coastal Meander Trail, however, is free, starting at La Jolla Shores Drive and ending at the breathtaking bluffs above Scripps Pier. You can also know that you’re part of something bigger, as the Coastal Meander Trail is a small portion of the 1,200 mile California Coastal Trail Program.

Map and Atlas Museum

Are you a history buff? If so, this museum is an absolute must-see. It contains maps from all over the world, some dating back centuries. It may even spark your inspiration to continue traveling. The best part about the Map and Atlas Museum, however, is that admission is free.

If you’re at the end of your budget, don’t worry. There are still plenty of things to enjoy for free in La Jolla. And if you want to save on your room with The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, consider booking with us directly. When you do, we’ll price match plus 5%. Book directly now.

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