Sunny Jim Cave

Recently, our blogger extraordinaire Stephenie wrote an entry about interesting historical sites in San Diego. I realized after reading it my kids might actually get a kick out of seeing them (and learn something too!) I decided our first stop would be the Sunny Jim Cave, located in La Jolla. If you haven’t been or heard about it; it’s worth the 145 steps down and up. Mia and Brett were really excited to hear there is a “secret” cave you enter through a store. It does sound really fun, especially when I told them it was built over 100 years ago.

The tunnel down to the cave was hand-dug back in 1902 and was used to smuggle contraband during the Prohibition. It is also one of the only known caves accessible from land. Once you enter The Cave Store, you can check out the sea shells and other San Diego mementos for sale. The store also has snorkeling gear available for rent if you are interested in seeing the cave from the water. We chose to go by land.


Once you pay your entry fee ($4 for adults, $3 for children), The Cave Store employees will tell you to watch your step because the steps get pretty slippery. They are correct; the steps can be narrow in spots and can get quite slippery the farther you descend. Once you reach the bottom, you are inside the mouth of the cave. The view is really beautiful and there is a nice landing for you to spend some time taking pictures and to enjoy the view.

Once we snapped our pictures and took in all there was to see, it was time to head back up. It really wasn’t that bad. I thought they would complain going back up, but they were having so much fun checking out the slippery walls, and knowing they were in a real cave, I never heard a peep from them. It was a really fun excursion that we all enjoyed (and learned a little something too!)

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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