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Children's Pool

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #13 of 25 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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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is definitely worth seeing! the seals are so cute and the area shops and streets are fun to walk around, I would not recommend swimming here like W5612Qlab says, it is crowded on really nice days but I personally enjoyed watching the seals. There is a problem with parking but we went into a parkade and walked. It was... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went in the afternoon on July 12 and did not see one seal. We chose this beach because of the seals. The smell wasn't that bad, just a little fishy. Parking was horrible, but the beach was nice. We did see a purple sea urchin, so there are sea creatures to find.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Parking is tough. The beach area is small, therefor it gets really crowded. You don't have to take many steps out and the water gets deep fast. Bring a snorkel and enjoy looking at the sea life. The restroom area is disgusting.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

When I was a kid, this was a great place to go enjoy the water, snorkel and see fish and play on the beach. The land was donated to the city years ago for just that purpose. A wall was built to create a safe partial enclosure for children to learn about and play in the water. In the last... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Children's pool is a pretty spot where you can watch seals bask in the sunshine. Adults and children can swim near the animals or watch from a distance. Why pay 50 bucks at Sea World when you can experience the magic of the ocean and the animals in their natural habitat? We saw some dolphins in the distance too!

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Casa Grande, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This place is pretty amazing you can see crabs and the Seals just laying around there is a rock pier you can walk on also

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Irvine, Ca.
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took our 18month old to the Children's Pool a couple of weekends ago. We got there at 9:30 and easily parked on the street near the steps. By the time we finished putting on sunscreen, all of the spaces around us were gone. When we left about an hour and a half later, cars were stalking us for our... More

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Fort Worth
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26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We loved the Children's Pool! There were so many seals, all playing in their natural environment! We saw more sealife in La Jolla than a previous trip to Sea World, and this was totally natural. No fees.

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Bensenville, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

So the seals weren't lounging on the rock when I went, and I almost missed their heads bobbing around in the water. A few did climb up so I could get a picture so it wasn't a complete bust, and they were fun to watch. I loved the background, the caves, the beach...made for awesome pictures :)

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Midland, Michigan
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

really cool to see baby seals up close. you can walk down to the beach. the smell is awful. very crowded as the walkway is narrow.

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