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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
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It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and...

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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Don't be fooled by the name, this wading area is not for children to frolic in the ocean anymore. The seals took over the beach long ago. But it is a great place to take children... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TaraGogo
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Northfield, Massachusetts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This area was closed due to the pups being born. We were not disappoint as you are able to still get great pictures and witness nature at its best.

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Thank Iris M
Hemet, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For all practical purposes, the Children's Pool no long exists, because the seals have taken over. But La Jolla Cover is a great place to view sea life, including seals, gulls, pelicans and cormorants.

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Thank Bill T
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is another beautiful little cove in La Jolla. It's open to the sea so I'm not sure why it's called the "Children's Pool" although it doesn't have the waves so I guess it's calm enough. There are many sea-lions and seals basking and swimming here. We were here in winter so there weren't any children swimming here. Hopefully the... More 

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Northfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be fooled by the name, this wading area is not for children to frolic in the ocean anymore. The seals took over the beach long ago. But it is a great place to take children, and anyone of any age, to see wild seals up close (and not in an aquarium). I used to live in Southern California and... More 

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Thank TaraGogo
Florence, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be the Children's Pool but now the seals have taken over. Some of them are up right by the sidewalk so you can get a really close look. They were showing off and making all kinds of noise just like they were trying to entertain. It has a pretty bad odor, so don't take food to eat.... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Neat are to get up pretty close to the Sea Lions with their pups. Beautiful area and well worth the trip.

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Thank DDR333
Tallmadge, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful area and wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Take a stroll along the pathway and enjoy!

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Thank BrianandLinda33
New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beaches north of San Diego are great. My favorite is La Jolla. We were told that while the Children's Pool was built for children, the seals liked it too. The compromise was that each group gets it 6 months of the year. When we visited in January, it will occupied by the seals. (It was too chilly for kids... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading reviews on here I wanted to clarify that this is not a usable swimming pool--it was made to be one but the seals loved it too much. Not sure why people would go expecting to swim if they had read anything about it. We enjoyed watching the seals. It is a very short walk from where you can... More 

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Missouri City, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed spending some time at the Children's Pool watching the Sea Lions and Seals. There were some pups there and they are really cute. Take some time to walk onto the overlook area, the floor is rough to walk on but worth it.

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