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Children's Pool

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #12 of 32 Activities in La Jolla
Type: Beaches, Sports
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and it's a main tourist and...
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Type: Beaches, Sports
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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San Diego, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is a great spot to see some of our best marine life (seals and sea lions). But please make sure to leave them in peace! Parking in this area is tough, so prepare to park farther away and walk to this special spot.

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Colorado
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Squeee! I could sit and watch the seals for hours. Nobody was swimming. In fact, the odor is a little "off", but there are plenty of beaches elsewhere for swimming.

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La Jolla, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is about as close to nature as it gets. Wonderful sight. But be prepared though- there are some very mean people who want to hurt the seals and their newborn pups. Stupid, cowardly people. They are shooting them-unimaginale the cruelty animals sustain. But the seals are a wonder. Take your young kids here to see nature at its best.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This spot is awesome and it's FREE - but the best thing is you get to see loads of sea lions and their new cubs. These animals are absolutely gorgeous and you can right down to the beach where they are. There is a barrier, but you're literally only a couple of metres away from them and it's just absolutely... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Be prepared, it stinks lol. Our kids had a great time watching them. I got some really great pictures and our kids found some really neat seashells on the beach

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Wellesley Island
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I am amazed at all the free access to beaches and views in these coastal communities. Be sure to take a telephoto lens to get a decent shot of the wildlife. Walk the coast and venture into town. Great things to see, do, visit and eat. Free parking in marked areas for up to 3 hours. Yes, there is some... More 

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Houston, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
80 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is sort of a weird place. It's a little protected area where sea lion's lie on the beach--it's not really a pool and humans can't swim there. I was there in November. At that time, there were several sea lions that were just laying there. At most, they'd move a flipper here or there. I enjoyed watching the sea... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Not really a children's poll since the Sea Lions claim this as their playground. Still a fun place to walk out and watch the crashing surf or the sea lions play or nap.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Interesting how this came to be and the sea Lions Re great entertainment. The ocean view behind makes for a great attraction and it's free! Worth a visit.

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La Jolla, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you want to see harbor seals this is as good a place as any. It is free. But don't venture on the beach. The harbor seal protection crew is very unfriendly.

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