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Children's Pool

850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Ranked #13 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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Surrey, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
64 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

I have read some of the previous reviews and it appears that at times people are allowed on the beach and at times the beach has a restricted area. When we were there there was a rope barrier preventing people from getting to the water itself.We heard both side of the contention in the area regarding the use of the... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A great place for children - they can watch the seals and seagulls/herons up close, or they can go on the other side to play in the water or the sand. You can see the seals from above or go down onto their beach for closer viewing. The pier to get closer is technically closed at the moment due to... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Used to have lots and lots of sea lions come beach up on shore, not so much anymore. HAVE to walk along the pier, the waves come right up to you. Only port a pottys to use for a bathroom. Can get a bit smelly with all the sea lions.

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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

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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55 reviews 55 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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48 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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