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Cabrillo Tide Pools

San Diego, CA
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Ranked #39 of 215 attractions in San Diego
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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Staten Island, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We came at high tide, so there wasn't much to see in terms of tide pools. Nevertheless, it was a nice place to walk along the cliffs. Would have enjoyed it more had I checked the tide schedule, so it's hard to write a glowing review. Parking is tight, so be prepared to wait for a spot.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Maybe I've seen too many tide pools, but the ones at Cabrillo were not that great. My family (wife, son 6, daughter 3) and I went during low tide. You can use the low tide calendar here for optimal visit times: http://www.cnmf.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=calendar So, first, the tide pools are at the bottom of some rocky cliffs. If you've done tide pools... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We stopped by and it was high tide, came back later int he week when I had tide info. Low tide was awesome. I went over to the left side and waded over to the beach there. There were more rocks with cool round holes in them, plenty of places to look for cool things. I especially enjoy sea life... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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64 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

We went here because it was dog-friendly. We loved crawling around the rocks and being near the ocean. We were there about 90 minutes after low tide and didn't really see any sea life, with the exception of a few frolicking sea lions. But it is a beautiful spot and worth the five bucks it costs to get in. It's... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Check tide charts to be there at low tide. I made it at low tide, and got quite far out to see lots of sea anenome, starfish, crabs, mussels, scallops, etc. The naturalist guides all have boots and a couple walking sticks to get around. The rocks are anchored in place, but very slippery. Some folks clearly were staying close... More

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Encinitas, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

be careful when you decent to the lower level or stay up and take the upper trail. watch for pelicans and other birds

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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44 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We had a lovely few hours at the Cabrillo Tide Pools in mid-December. It was low tide when we were there, but not a negative low tide. The smell from the seaweed washed up on shores can be very strong t times. I was worried about getting down to the tide pool area, with a bad leg (hip/knee replacement) It... More

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Los Angeles
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

These tidepools are located on a Navy Base. Parking is $5 and it's good for a couple days. We came here after seeing it was dog friendly. After parking, it is a very short walk to the tidepools. We hiked for a little bit, but I really wish the trail was longer. The trail is rather short. The views while... More

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Branson, Missouri
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Kids love exploring and discovering new things. This is a fairly rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the sea at low tide. Sea creatures abound and making discoveries here is easy. Access is fairly easy but do remember that you are on wet rock. Dress appropriately and be careful. It is well worth the trip.

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Rolla, Missouri
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

If you are a person who enjoys nature and are excited to see new creatures, this is a place for you. Great place for kids as there are plenty of tide pools filled with so many different species of sea creatures and plant life. Lot of shells, mussels etc. are easily spotted. Nice place to explore fossils and collect some... More

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