California is known for its attractions. It draws millions of tourists every year with its gorgeous mountains, valleys, and beaches. Plus, there are just so many wonderful destination cities, like San Diego. Another thing California is known for is its hidden swings, and those who are in La Jolla can visit one if they choose. 

You just have to know where to go. So, it's a good thing we have the inside scoop.

What Is the La Jolla Swing?

The La Jolla swing is a piece of wooden plank hung with rope that allows people to take a seat and enjoy the view of the ocean. The plank has an inspiring quote on it, though, over time, it has changed. 

Some of the past messages on the plank have included "Be Good to Yourself," "Whatever the question, Love is the answer," and "It's the world's job to come at you in waves. It's your job to learn to surf."

Is the La Jolla Swing a Secret?

Yes, but not really. The La Jolla swing is hidden, but most people know how to get there, and there are even videos on YouTube showing you exactly where to go. 

It's called a secret because it's hidden, and honestly, not many people who visit the Golden State are aware that there are several throughout California. 

Where Is the La Jolla Swing?

If you live in or are visiting La Jolla, it's worth knowing that the La Jolla swing is just off the parking lot of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which is located at 2300 Expedition Way. 

How Do You Get to the Secret La Jolla Swing?

Getting to the swing is relatively easy, but you will have to hike around 150 feet to get to it. That said, once you park at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, go to the back of the parking lot where you'll see a worn trail and a small bridge. Once you cross the bridge, you'll be on your way to the swing which will quickly come into view.

Is the La Jolla Swing Still There?

Yes! As of early 2024, the La Jolla swing is available to anyone who wants to visit and enjoy the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. 

The swing was briefly removed in late 2022, and some people, namely those looking to preserve the walking trail it's on, were happy about it. However, it was only gone briefly and it's not clear who took it down. It wasn't gone long, though, before it was replaced. Some believe the new one isn't as safe because the new rope is only attached to the old rope, not to the tree itself. 

Does San Diego Have Anything to Do With the La Jolla Swing?

The city has nothing to do with the swing and the fun attraction is not sanctioned by San Diego officials. In fact, there's a notice on the trail not to go off of the path, which you have to do to reach the swing. If you do visit, be very careful as it's in an area where the city's transportation department doesn't maintain the trees. 

What's the Concept Behind the California Swings?

It's not clear how the concept of hidden swings throughout California began, but there are at least a dozen of them in the southern part of the state alone. Many people have made it their mission to find as many as they can, and the photos can be seen all over social media, namely Instagram. If you want to take a look at the ones people have posted, check out the tag #secretswingslajolla on the platform.

I've Heard There Are More La Jolla Swings

According to one blogger, she found three swings, basically in the same area as the one we've discussed above. There are pictures of these swings floating around on social media, too. However, the other two they point out are in treacherous areas, so anyone wishing to visit them should exercise extreme caution. 

Why Should I Visit the La Jolla Swing?

If you're in San Diego and looking for a bit of fun, you can add checking out the swing to your to-do list. Just make sure you get there early because it's a popular attraction. Also, take care not to do any damage to the area or litter.