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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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We enjoyed the tide pools. There are a few sea creatures to see at low tide. Still fun to explore. The views from up top are wonderful. Make sure to grab appropriate footwear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Camas, Washington
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We planned our visit during low tide. We have visited many tide pools in California and these were very sparse. There is very limited parking also. Not worth the trip. The park is wonderful with breathtaking views!

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Camas, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We enjoyed the tide pools. There are a few sea creatures to see at low tide. Still fun to explore. The views from up top are wonderful. Make sure to grab appropriate footwear. Flip flops are a no. Water shoes a yes. Listen to the rangers at the start to understand how to walk around the area.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

There are 2 parking lots that maybe fit 100 cars in them (maybe). Also, this area closes at 430pm sharp, so be sure to leave yourself enough time to experience this. We arrived at 4pm and were able to catch a couple people leaving. In my opinion the tide pool area is pretty cool and if you have children they... More 

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Murray, Utah
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We visited at low tide, which is the best time to see the erosion and wildlife. We were fortunate to have a baby sea lion come up into the shoreline, and then pulled himself up on the beached rocks. Be very careful on the slippery rocks. Don't worry about not finding a parking spot in the first lot. The next... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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116 reviews 116 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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st. louis
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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Alaska
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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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