Long research pier serving as beachfront landmark

Built in 1988 to replace the original pier built in 1916, Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier is more than a beachfront icon. It’s also an important research facility housing environmental monitoring stations, which help provide vital information on coastal changes. It’s also a source for filtered seawater used in local institutions and laboratories.

 Viewed from above, it’s an important landmark in the La Jolla community and a top spot to see and photograph. And during sunset, its dramatic beams create visual interest against the colorful sky, whether you’re viewing it from high on the bluffs over the beachfront or right at the base of the pier.

 As tempting as it may be to walk out to the end of the pier, in general, Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier isn’t open to the public outside of special events.