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Address: 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 850
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over...
It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and it's a main tourist and local attraction. Great picture spot.
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It's amazing how close you can get to the baby seals. Be respectful and keep far enough away so they don't see you as a threat though.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great area. When monitored properly, the seals are allowed to sun themselves on the beach. Unfortunately, during our last visit, people didn't abide by the posted signs and crossed the rope and set up their belongings at the waters edge. So the seals vacated and not to be found.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It's amazing how close you can get to the baby seals. Be respectful and keep far enough away so they don't see you as a threat though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love watching the seals on the beach. I know a lot of people would rather it was a place for children to swim still, but I think there are plenty of other beaches in SD they can use. Having wild life that kids can see up close is brilliant.

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful little cove built so that the children would have a safe place to play in the water. It is now occupied by seals. Seals are not an endangered species. If the pool didn't exist, they would go somewhere else. Still, it is a great place to visit and see sea life, even though it wasn't designed... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Under construction right now, but a wonderful place to watch waves and sea life! Number two on my list of places to take out of town visitors!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

La Jolla is a must see for folks visiting San Diego. Parking can be a nightmare HOWEVER seeing the gorgeous ocean & marine life so up close is worth it all. There's a also a huge park to sit & relax in or picnic at With easy access to restrooms. Great place to spend an afternoon or morning!

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

One of the biggest tourist attractions in La Jolla are the sea lions which sun on the beach at the Children's Pool on Coast Blvd. near Casa de Manana and 939 Coast Blvd. These odiferous, but endearing animals swim near the coast, then haul onto the beach to rest in the sun. It is a sight guaranteed to thrill all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a big attraction in La Jolla as it is controversial. Seals gather at this beach to rest and sun themselves. The pupping season brings cute little fatties. This area was built up to create a safe environment for children to swim in the ocean thus the name. I enjoy looking at the seals myself as there are plenty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Plan to spend some time here, parking is not so good, but there is plenty of spots to check out and set up a picnic or something. You are literally face to face with wild seals! It's pretty awesome. I saw a guy snorkeling in the water with the them. You can swim but as a parent I wasn't going... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We were hoping to catch some close up views of seals, but instead were met with people all over the seaweed covered beach. The wall was fun to walk out on and see the view, and hopefully the construction won't last long to make it a better area. We saw a couple of seals in the water, but they swam... More 

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