Monthly Public Tours

Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers free historical tours suitable for area residents, new faculty and staff, first-time visitors to our campus, and the general public. Led by knowledgeable volunteer guides, these one-hour tours are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (excluding holidays) and showcase the most notable features of our beautiful campus, including the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier.

Register here

Tours may fill up days or weeks in advance, especially during summer months. Reservations should be submitted no later than noon on the day before the tour. Please note that only one tour is offered in the months of December and January.

Considerations for the Disabled: There are hills and steps in the standard tour. Please indicate on the reservation request form if you require assistance.

Parking: Public parking on campus is available on weekends and holidays in pay lots P002 and P003 off El Paseo Grande adjacent to Scripps Seaside Forum (see map). Permits can be purchased from the pay station in lot P003. Additional public parking is available on nearby streets. There is no public parking on campus Monday-Friday.

Not able to attend a regularly scheduled tour?  

Community and School Tours

Other tours can be requested for community groups and schools through Scripps Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE).

SUNSET Pier Walks

Explore Scripps Pier during one of the Sunset Pier Walks offered seasonally by Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

UC San Diego Tours

UC San Diego also offers a variety of public tours.