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Children's Pool

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #11 of 26 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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Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Lisbon, Portugal
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The area was beautiful but since it had a construction site and people on the beach, it was not the best time to visit. Since the beach had people relaxing and swimming, the sea lions were afraid and could be seen in distance.

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Westerville, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We visited in March 2014. Our kids (3 sons) absolutely LOVED the Children's Pool - we saw the sea lions and seals, tide pools, etc. A great time for our family. We plan to visit again.

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West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We make a trip out here each time we are in So Cal. Usually there are seals on the beach and you can walk down for up close look at them in the wild. Currently, that area is under quite a bit of construction. Hopefully, it will be even better when it is finished.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Amazing! I loved seeing so many wild creatures in one space so we spent plenty of time here. It was delightful to see the seals interact with each other, both within the pool and just outside it on the rocks. Mothers and pups would wriggle themselves on the rocks which was adorable! There was a smell but it didn't bother... More

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La Jolla, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a must see experience. The view, the beach, the blue water all as a backdrop to the seals. Be warned the parking is not optimal so find a spot and take a stroll as there is much to see and do in La Jolla. I plan to retire here.

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