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Cabrillo Tide Pools

San Diego, CA
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Ranked #38 of 221 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

For $5.00 you get a weeks pass to come here to enjoy the beautiful view, learn about sea life and some history. We live in San Diego but come here every year and enjoy it every time...kids enjoy the tide pools and searching for sea urchins and sea stars. Also if u are here for 4th of July..make sure u... More

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Kingwood, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

the tide pool is beautiful. it is worth the trip down. we saw anemones, barnacles, limpets, giant seaweed, crabs, urchins, and other great animals. breathtaking ocean views, gorgeous flora. there is an information booth to learn more about the marine life. fyi there is a restroom which was basically a giant porta potty. check the tide schedule. you can bring... More

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La Grange, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is my daughter's all time favorite place in SD. It is a pretty view, but not much fun, when the tide is up. When the tide is low, watch out. She'll be here for hours. She has a blast poking in holes, cracks, and crevices, looking for sea life. She's found fish, crabs, sea slugs, anenomes, limpets and starfish... More

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Loved the sea life and loved that there was a volunteer there to help you discover the different types of sea life!

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Port orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We actually enjoyed the tide pools so much that we came back the next day! make sure you do you homework and come for the negative low tide, it will be worth it! The abundance of sea creatures is astonishing! This was one of my favorite stops on summer vacation. Of note, you will have to pay admission to the... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We loved our time here. It was just so beautiful and everyone enjoyed climbing down to the different tide pools.

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Wolverine, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Definitely not accessible for all but a wonderful thing to view if you can climb. The only thing I wish we had known was to figure out when low tide is because you can definitely see more then.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Breath taking. Great find! Free. Restrooms are clean. Tidepools are amazing! Go at low Tide you can walk quite away down. TIP: Wear Water Shoes, rocks are very slippery! Sun Screen. Hat Towel Bring your camera. Have fun & go slow!

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The tide pools are down a steep hill to the right after you enter the Old Point Loma Lighthouse/ Cabrillo Monument park area. There is a separate parking area and a portable toilet. Older people may not be able to acess the pools below because the access is moderately steep. Do a little research and get there at low tide.... More

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South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

You have to do a bit of planning to visit the tide pools & make sure you are going at the right time. We got to the tide pools right at park opening during low tide. We all enjoyed walking around on the rocks & exploring. Saw lots of critters and even if we wouldn't have the kids wouldn't have... More

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