Exploring La Jolla With Kids From Sea Level to Mountain Tops

Windansea Beach in La Jolla
Windansea Beach in La Jolla

Even the kids will have a great time watching the surf from Windansea Beach

Having been to several seaside cities around the world, I can truly say that La Jolla is one of the most beautiful destinations by the water. Once you head down Torrey Pines Drive from the north, you are immediately greeted by spectacular ocean views. With its European vibe, La Jolla is an amazing vacation destination and a must-do and see stop in San Diego. And, yes! You should take the kids. Here are some fun things to check out with your children.

See the Seals

Avoid driving down Prospect (as it tends to get backed up with traffic), aiming to drive down Girard instead to the north and check out the Cove to see the seals! Walk out along the bridge surrounding The Children’s Pool (just a name, not an actual pool and, well, kids aren’t even allowed to swim there) for not only a better view of the barking sea mammals, but to get a little sprayed by an up close view of the waves!

Tide Pools

Walking in the westerly direction from The Children’s Pool, stop off at the tide pools to (cautiously) touch a sea urchin or two! Hop along from section to section to track just how many creatures you can find.

> Hang out at San Diego’s tide pools

Swim at the Shores

Since the cove waves can be a tad unpredictable (read: be prepared to get wiped out), head to La Jolla Shores for gentle waves that are a lot of fun for the first tries at boogie boarding or just play in mellow water in general.

Kayak through the Caves

While at the shores, pick up your kayak rental and paddle your way toward the caves!  Either take a guided tour or explore the seven caverns during low tide on your own. And keep your eyes peeled as a seal or two may swim along side you!

> Find out more about kayaking in San Diego

Pet the Sharks

If you are like me, you will skip this adventure, but May through October, apparently harmless leopard sharks visit La Jolla Shores and you can allegedly (kidding…kind of) snorkel safely as you get a (too close for me) personal view that many families I know enjoy the thrill!

> Learn more about swimming with the leopard sharks in La Jolla

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla

When you are ready for dry land, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art located on Prospect Street. Always a funky, fun time, it also has one of the most amazing views! And be sure to check out the store for some of the most unique souvenirs.

> Find out more about the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla


Heading to one of the most popular local surf spots is a must! Sit atop the cliffs as you watch the waterman get barreled. Though a well-liked beach destination, you may want to think twice before letting your kids jump in as the shore break can pummel even the most seasoned swimmers if not timed right. Be sure to hit the Busy Bee’s, a favorite spot for coffee, bagels and pastries to enjoy as you check out the surf.

Mount Soledad

Make sure either on your way in or your way out to check out the infamous top of Mount Soledad! Though the  cross at the top that was built-in 1913 has long been a source of controversy, you and your kids will love the picturesque scenery from atop the “mountain”!

> Discover more of San Diego’s La Jolla

From views to fun in the water,  La Jolla is a breathtaking destination that the whole family will love. When planning your travels, add to the list to take your kid’s to San Diego’s “Crown Jewel!”

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About Chelsea

A fourth generation San Diegan, Chelsea P. Gladden is Co-founder of BreezyMama.com, a lifestyle blog for moms. A mother of five (ages 10, 8, 5, 3 & 3) , Chelsea’s advice has been featured in numerous press outlets including her recurring appearances on Fox 5 San Diego’s “Ask the Moms”, People Magazine’s Moms & Babies, Parents Magazine, NBC San Diego, on MSN’s HerSay with Soleil Moon Frye, US News, Pregnancy Magazine and more. In addition to helping parents through speaking engagements and leading class discussion groups, Chelsea has attended several pre-screenings of kids’ movies (including red carpet events with her family), product trade shows, TV events, kid related events as well as conducting several celebrity interviews. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day? First stop is always Pipe's for breakfast with my family. After ordering my second mocha, we love heading to the beach either to swim in spring/summer/fall or to ride boogie boards down the sand dunes at Moonlight in winter. For lunch or an early sunset dinner, we can be found eating at Bull Taco while overlooking the ocean or picking up a nice bottle of wine and something to BBQ from Seaside Market. If you were invisible, where would you go? I asked my husband and he said I would likely go take a nap (true). What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? The beach. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Too tough to choose. Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are… The Frozen soundtrack, Dark Horse by Katy Perry, featuring Juicy J, All Night by Icona Pop, Started From the Bottom by Drake, Every Single Night by Fiona Apple, and Royals by Lorde. Twitter: @breezymamasite Facebook: BreezyMamaSite

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