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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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Rye, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Great one day, over 100+ seals on beach. Next day a stupid tourist was on the restricted beach playing football with his boys and scared all the seals away. Jerk. Oblivious of all the photographers with tripods.....waiting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Easy walk from downtown La Jolla and a surefire place to see the seals. The pool itself attracts the seals and you can see them any time of day. Best time is early morning during a jog or just before sunset. You can walk down see the seals and watch a priceless sunset. Absolute must see if you are in... More

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Not specifically for children, though toys etc. are provided. (65-year-olds are allowed to play with them too). Only 3 feet deep all over, so easy for poor swimmers. Nice bar & enclosed fire nearby.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This was a nice quick stop as we were checking out the area beaches. The seals / sea lions took over this former children's pool to the point that the water is roped off to prevent people from getting too close to the animals. However, you can still go down on the sand and get within 15 feet of them.... More

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A breakwater built in 1930 created Children's Pool beach. Eventually seals found the sheltered cove to their liking as well. You can walk out on the breakwater and view the seals sunning themselves on the rocks about 20 feet below. At times the beach is overrun by seals, but on the day we were there, only about a dozen were... More

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161 reviews 161 reviews
48 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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50 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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