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Public Tours

Two people walk along a pier, with a view of the beach and cliff visible in the background

Monthly Public Tours

Notice: Scripps Public Tours have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for updates.

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. These one-hour tours held one Saturday morning each month are led by knowledgeable volunteer guides eager to show you the most notable features of our beautiful campus, including Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier.

Tour schedule and signup

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.

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

Full Moon Pier Walks

Explore Scripps Pier by the light of the full moon during one of the Full Moon Pier Walks offered seasonally by Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

UC San Diego Tours

UC San Diego also offers a variety of public tours, including Triton Tours for prospective students and parents.