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Children's Pool

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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As featured in 3 days in San Diego
Ranked #13 of 24 attractions in La Jolla
Type: Beaches
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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western NY
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fun to see the sea lions playing in the water and sunning on the beach. Lots of pelicans and other birds along with squirrels.

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I love the seals at this location. You can see them well in their natural habitat. Be sure not to disturb them, however.

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New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Very accessible, walking distance from town, always lots of harbor seals, and you can get pretty close to them (in fact plenty of people get too close to them, bothering the seals)

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Chicago
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You can go right next to the seals. There is also a walk way that if you stand up there you can get hit by the waves, fun for the kids.

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Dublin, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A lot of construction underway on the beach which won't be finished this year. But, there is an ocean abused, manmade beach barrier/wall with handrails that extends out into the surf and brings people unclose to the seals and shore birds

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Phoenix
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic place to take a walk! We were there nearly 2 hours watching the seals at rest and at play. Our youngest child took an especially keen interest in a particular pup who spent almost 30 minutes trying to climb up a rock to bask in the son with other seals. Every time he'd get close to the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My wife and I visited Children's Pool on our last day in San Diego, we should have gone here first. What a great place to just come and spend a day. Park up by all the shops and stay a bit...eat, shop and spend some time looking at the sea lions play.

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San Diego, California
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13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Children's "pool" is formed by a semi-circular sea wall built out into the ocean to calm the waves so that children could swim. However, this area has been taken over by a colony of seals the swims onto the beach and rocks. You can walk out along the sea wall, it's protected in both directions by a railing. At... More

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mom in illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was really a special treat for our family. It was so neat to watch the seals in such a natural environment. We spent so much quality time there and enjoyed it more than the ticketed activities/parks we visited in San Diego.

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chicago
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

The name is probably historic for this small beach with a partial breakwater. It should be renamed Seal Pool and it is a great venue to observe seals and seal pups, frolicking in the water and relaxing on the small beach. So enjoyable to be able to observe these magnificent creatures. Don't know whether the seal are here all year... More

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