Public Tours

Two people walk along Scripps Pier

Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers free historical tours to area residents, new faculty and staff, first-time visitors to our campus, and the general public. These 50-minute tours are led by knowledgeable volunteer guides who are eager to show you the most notable features of our beautiful campus, including Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier.

Come learn more about Scripps – sign up for a tour today.

Please Note: Your tour reservation request should be submitted no later than noon on the day before the tour you’ve chosen.

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: Parking in Scripps lots is by faculty, staff, and student permit only Monday-Friday. People visiting the Scripps campus during the business week will be required to park on the street.

On weekends and holidays, public parking is available in lots P002 and P003 with a permit, which can be purchased from the pay station in lot P003.


Not able to attend a regularly scheduled tour? 

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. See the pier walk schedule for upcoming opportunities.

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