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Address: San Diego, CA
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life...
A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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Very fun for adults

I think I could spend the entire at the tidal pools alone, but I live in the mountains so going to the beach and exploring is fun. If you are used to being near the beach, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I think I could spend the entire at the tidal pools alone, but I live in the mountains so going to the beach and exploring is fun. If you are used to being near the beach, and seeing sea critters you might be disappointed. This is not a good place to just let your kids run free unless they are... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

For the cost of $5, a family can return to the park for the entire week - well worth the cost of admission. The tidal pools were easy to walk to and because it was low tide, it gave us the opportunity to explore the Pacific Ocean. We saw some sea anemone's and a few crabs. Everything else must have... More 

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La Jolla, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

These used to be very pretty at low tide, but they have been picked over by tourists and locals. It is recently illegal to remove any plants or animals from this area so it is better just to stay away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Adults and children, this is absolutely beautiful, fun, exciting, amazing. Very natural, and walk preserved, clean and just breathtaking!

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Monroe, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We moved to the area a few months ago so we are exploring and this place is by far the coolest place I've discovered so far. So beautiful, cool sea critters, fun hiking and exploring. I can't wait to go back! Like others have said, watch the roaming on your phone. The parking is pretty scarce too. Other than that,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Such a nice place to walk on all the walking trails (easy walk) and explore the tidepools. Beautiful scenery and great views of San Diego. It's close to the Cabrillo Monument, Point Loma lighthouse and the National Cemetery so there is lots to explore and keep you busy for hours.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We just happened to stumble upon the tide pools. They are right down the street from the new Point Loma lighthouse. We visited the Cabrillo National Monument, say a short whale documentary at the visitor's center, visited the old Point Loma Lighthouse and then drove around the corner to the tide pools. Such a gorgeous spot. A must see if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Make sure to plan your trip an hour before low tide so you can take advantage of the beauty under the surface. However, also make sure to bring your walking shoes as my girlfriend tumbled 10 feet down a slippery cliff and needed stitches. Warning! Phones roam to Mexico and there is no signal most of the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this is a great place to visit. You can watch all kinds of animals: crabs, anemones, sea cucumbers and sea stars. You will also see a lot of shore birds. If you come at sunset you will see many Pelicans flying in from a day of fishing. You will get wet so water shoes and towels will help. The rocks... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Beautiful scenic drive down to ocean. If tides are low enough, kids can go to tidepools and to the beach that shows up at low tide. If your kids love the water, you may want to put them in a bathing suit or wetsuit so they can play in the water. Either way bring towels to dry off or to... More 

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