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Cabrillo Tide Pools

San Diego, CA
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Ranked #42 of 237 Attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

These are some of the best tidepools in the Southern California area, not to mention a beautiful beach, with considerable picnic areas, a small but nice aquarium.

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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Went the wrong time of day, couldn't see anything. The worker said the best time was winter during low, low tides. We didn't see any animals. :/

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Cali
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We liked the view but the terrain was a little rough for us (especially because it was summer so we had to dance between people). Also, we missed the tide but regardless, still a gorgeous site to see! Parking was so minimal but because of the crowding, we really only stayed for about 20 minutes or less. Still, it's not... More

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Westerville, OH
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We drove to the Cabrillo Tide Pools from Coronado. So glad we made the drive. Saw a lot of creatures in the pools. Our kids had so much fun. Would definitely visit again.

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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