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Children's Pool

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #12 of 28 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Another nice view. Currently under some construction and currently home to harbor seals, yes different than sea lions. The jetty was a good walk and view as we saw sun setting this evening. From the jetty, you could see some crystal clear openings that looked deep among all the Rock and several scuba divers and snorkelers arose and exited via... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Beautiful view, great place to see a multitude of sea lions, fun jetty to walk out onto. It was a children's pool decades ago, but is not any longer. The sea lions now have occupancy. Parking in the area is a bear, but worth sticking around and looking for.

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Cochrane, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

One of the most beautiful spots in the La Jolla area. Our boys were able to watch seals, sea lions, all kinds of shore birds and these crazy little squirrels of some variety that I had never seen before! A short walk from downtown La Jolla, with male washrooms close by. You're better off to park downtown and walk as... More

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Chilliwack, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Children's Pool is closed right now while they are building a new Life Guard station. It's mostly fenced off but you can still see, and smell, the seals on the beach below.

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Sherman oaks
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is a great spot in la jolla to check out the sea lions who have taken over this spot on the beach. The only issue is parking is hard to come by but if you get a spot Definately check this spot out

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Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very pretty, but small beach area. We went to watch the seals, but got our feet in the water. It looked like a nice area to snorkel and see the Garibaldi.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This area used to be a shallow protected lagoon for children to swim at until the seals discovered it. Now the seals lay out on the beach and rocks. You can walk out on the cement wall and see them closeup but be prepared for some sea spray. At times the smell can be a bit strong and the water... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you've never had a chance to see sea lions in the wild and up close, this is kind of cool. You can walk out on the retaining wall and see them lounging in the cove and on the rocks. Parking in this area and La Jolla in general is a total hassle. We've had luck one street up from... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We discovered this little spot on our first trip to La Jolla 14 years ago. We always make a point to stop by and visit the seals. The walk way provides a good view of the seals. It is under construction at the moment, so check to make sure it has been reopened before you head out. There are bathrooms... More

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Santa Rosa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Thanks to the hard work of councilwoman Marti Emerald and many others, seal pups and their mothers are now protected from May 15 to December 15 each year so that they can nurse their young without harassment. Just read some of these other reviews to get a good idea of how stupid humans used to bother them. It is a... More

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