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Children's Pool

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Address: 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
Phone Number: 850
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and...

It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and it's a main tourist and local attraction. Great picture spot.

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An old venue with new things.

We have visited the Children's Pool many times over the last 40 years. A long time ago, there was a beautiful quiet pool without heavy waves that one could enjoy wading and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Timothy R
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El Centro, California
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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Years ago, this was a very nice place for kids to get wet/have a fun time. Now its full of sea-lions and birds pooping all over the sand, themselves and in the water. It literally stinks to high heaven and is not a good place for humans - especially children (oh, and they bite too).

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El Centro, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited the Children's Pool many times over the last 40 years. A long time ago, there was a beautiful quiet pool without heavy waves that one could enjoy wading and playing on the sand. For a period of time, Pacific Sea Lions had their babies with them on the sand, so you couldn't approach them too closely, but... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ocean view. Seals and sea lions so close you could almost touch them. There are so many-swimming and resting on the rocks and sand

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I took our 3 kids (16, 13, 10) to see the seals. Parking is tricky, but we luckily found a spot reasonably fast. As we started walking, I thought we weren't going to see any seals. But as we came around a bend, there they were lying on the rocks. We took a lot of pictures with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice time with six adults and one toddler (three generations). This is a fun place to introduce your 1-2 year old to the wave on the beach with lots of adult supervision and floaties. The adults could go into the water and enjoy the crashing swells. There are lots of submerged large irregularly shaped rocks and a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is small, the water's a little rocky. If you're from the east coast, go slow. SUNSCREEN!!!!

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Children's pool is one of the most scenic spots in San Diego. Apart from the sea breeze, you will have an up-close view of the seals basking in the sun. Walk right to the edge of the board to experience hard hitting waves during high tide :)

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Oak Hill, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to the children's pool to see the seals. They were there an very close. The kids loved this. Parking is hard to find and the smell is terrible but it's a great place to see sea lions in their natural environment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No seals today but they are known to be a problem here - as was explained to me by my friend who was born near here and now lives in Vista. Another very popular spot in this exclusive beach suburb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our time at Childrens pool despite the lack of seals! We loved walking on the seal viewing bridge. Then we walked a quarter mile to some tide pools. All kids and parents enjoyed the day. Parking was a hassle.

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