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Sunny Jim Sea Cave


The Cave Store in La Jolla had been on our to-do list since moving to San Diego. Inside is a man made tunnel leading to the opening of Sunny Jim Sea Cave – the only one of seven ‘sister’ sea caves accessible by foot.

The small entrance fee ($5 adults, $3 children) is worth the price for a memorable, unique, and somewhat quirky experience that dates back to 1902. Here are some fun facts:

  • Sunny Jim is the only one of 7 ‘sister’ sea caves accessible by foot
  • The tunnel was started in 1902. It took two years to dig using picks and shovels
  • There are 145 wooden stairs between the store and cave entrance
  • The cave was named “Sunny Jim” by author Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz). See also: How was ‘Sunny Jim Sea Cave’ named?

Looking for more things to do near La Jolla? Grab our free Beyond the Zoo Guide to La Jolla and the Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach. 

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Beyond the Zoo Guide to La Jolla

We’ve got a brand new guide to family fun in San Diego! Begin your day with a self-guided walking tour along La Jolla’s picturesque coastline. See marine life up close at Birch Aquarium and enjoy beach life in La Jolla Shores before choosing just the right spot to watch the sun set.

Download our free Beyond the Zoo Guide to La Jolla to plan your visit and follow along at InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. This guide pairs well with the Beyond the Zoo Guide to Torrey Pines & Solana Beach.