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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
Description: It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over...
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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A Letter to the Children's Pool

Dear Children's Pool, I'm sorry you are the center of so much controversy in La Jolla; sadly, you have also become the center of controversy in my heart. I don't know how to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Lawrence, Kansas

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We were hoping to catch some close up views of seals, but instead were met with people all over the seaweed covered beach. The wall was fun to walk out on and see the view, and hopefully the construction won't last long to make it a better area. We saw a couple of seals in the water, but they swam... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Like La Jolla Cove. Go take photos, but please don't harass the seals and sea lions. Mostly seals at the Pool, and Sea Lions at the Cove, but a bit of both in both sites. Loads of ground quirrels running around the top and a bunch of sea birds too. Great place for a first encouter with these animals.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The area was under construction when we went. They are reinforcing the wall. After maneuvering around the construction, we were able to walk down to the beach with the sun basking animals and up onto the jetty that boarders the ocean. The kids enjoyed watching the waves come up onto the jetty and soak our feet. It's too bad you... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I just love all the seals here. Absolutely adorable! It's fun to watch them drag and glide across the beach. They're silly, adorable creatures and you get to watch them all with a beautiful view!

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We wanted to see the seals. July was not the time to see them on the beach. A few were in the waters beyond the cove and about a dozen were on the rocks. There is currently construction going on. The beach has a lot of dried seaweed as does the water in the cove. It does not look like... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Dear Children's Pool, I'm sorry you are the center of so much controversy in La Jolla; sadly, you have also become the center of controversy in my heart. I don't know how to feel about you when I come visit you with friends. Really, I only ever want to come visit you when out-of-towners are here; otherwise, I'd rather stay... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A natural wild zoo filled with sea lions. Very interesting for kids as well as adults. they are friendly and do not fear people but the state warns people from coming close to them, however people are all around the creatures.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This was once a great place for kids to swim and for divers to go out and enjoy an afternoon of diving in the cove and the preserve. Now those pesky seals have made the place a mess and it stinks like poop.

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Auburn, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is where you go to view the seals. Not to take the children to swim. It use to be a place for children to swim, protected from the waves, but the lovely seals came in and made it a rookery. It is a fascinating place to go and watch the seals frolic. You can walk down the steps to... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We saw lots of babies! ADORABLE! There were numerous baby seal & we just couldnt have been happier to see them!

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Address: 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Phone Number: 850
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla

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