Ellen Browning Scripps Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Ellen Browning Scripps Park


  • Wide open field flanked by palm trees.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Walkway with ocean views and benches for taking it all in.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Staircase from the park to Rocky Point.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Shelter along the path for shade.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Walkway along the ocean.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Ground squirrel.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • La Jolla Cove viewed from Ellen Browning Scripps Park.- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Overview + Weather
Great views. ADA accessible. Open lawn for picnicking.
Hard to park. Crowded.
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Ellen Brown Scripps Park is set in an ideal location. According to some sources, it's the most photographed site in San Diego thanks to its popularity as a wedding site. Located right in the heart of La Jolla along the coast, the park features a wide open field which allows for unobstructed views of the Pacific. Many amenities make the park perfect for a quick lunch break or for a longer stay. It's a great starting point for longer walks along the coast and visits to the Children's Pool, La Jolla Cove, or for just relaxing on one of the many picnic benches facing the ocean. There's little natural shelter, but some structures are strategically placed along the coast path. Alternately, you can take the staircase at the southern end of the park down to the beach. Seals and sea lions frequent the area, particularly in spring, so keep an eye out for them in addition to migrating whales, seabirds, and other land mammals such as the not-so-elusive ground squirrel.

Note: no glass is allowed in the park.

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