Off the Beaten Path Things to Do In La Jolla
You probably know all of the traditional things you can do during your La Jolla vacation. Hit the beach, surf, shop along Girard Avenue or Prospect Street. Maybe even hike at Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve. But now you’re looking for something that isn’t the first thing to come up on the travel websites. Maybe you’ve taken a trip to La Jolla in the past. Maybe you’re going for the first time, but you want to make sure you have a unique experience. The beaches here are beautiful, the shops are exciting, and the scenery is stunning. But fortunately, there’s even more to La Jolla than meets the eye.
The Map and Atlas Museum is one of the lesser known museums in La Jolla, but no less worth visiting. Located in the basement of the Merrill Lynch building, you can find over 500 maps here, some over 400 years old. There are maps of all kinds, from traditional land maps to star maps. This is all curated by Michael Stone, a local map enthusiast and an established authority on cartography. Best of all, admission to the museum is free. Hours are a little spotty, but you can always visit on Wednesday or Thursday as well as every other Saturday from 11 to 4.
The water is one of the biggest draws to La Jolla, whether it’s lounging on the beach, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving, or exploring the Underwater Museum. But have you ever tried lobster diving? Those who love scuba diving but want a little more of a challenge will love this activity, as well as those who would love to have a tasty lobster at the end of their efforts. Lobster diving tours take place at night, so you’ll need a flashlight in order to find and catch lobster. Also, since spear fishing lobster is illegal in the state of California, you’ll have to catch the lobster with your hands. There’s nothing quite like this unique and thrilling La Jolla experience.
What’s on the agenda for nighttime entertainment? You might want to consider checking out a show at La Jolla Playhouse if you’re interested in theater — or even if you just want to try something new. La Jolla Playhouse is not exactly a hidden gem: it’s the main theater venue in La Jolla. It is, however, a place to find shows that you may never have seen or even heard of before. Many shows begin their run at La Jolla Playhouse before making their way to Broadway or off-Broadway, such as The Who’s “Tommy” or “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” So when the news breaks of next year’s Tony nominations, you can say you saw that show when it was still at La Jolla.
Your La Jolla vacation should be a memorable one, with both the popular activities and destinations as well as those off the beaten path excursions that make the trip sweeter. Looking for a place to stay with plenty of character and great hospitality? Check out the historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in La Jolla today, and don’t forget: when you book direct with us, we’ll price match the cost of your room and even offer a 5% discount.