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Children's Pool

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Address: 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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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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Pretty spot

We visited here (two adults and two 10 yo girls) for an afternoon. It is really beautiful and was really cool to see so many sea lions lounging all over the place. The kids... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Incredible free zoo-quality experience. We could have watched the seal moms and pups for hours. 18 pups born this year so far, including one that morning. So cute.

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Hollis, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to see lots and lots of seals and sea lions....both in the water and out. It's an easy walk along the path to get here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very fun to see the baby pups with their moms this February. So many cute baby sea lions. People aren't allowed on the beach at this time. But, the beach right next to it had people allowed and there were sea lions there as well we got to see up close.

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Thank Maguerite J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited here (two adults and two 10 yo girls) for an afternoon. It is really beautiful and was really cool to see so many sea lions lounging all over the place. The kids loved just watching them and listening to their barking. A couple of downsides...the place is very stinky, so just be prepared for that. From the birds,... More 

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Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If your expecting a nice place to bring the family, picnic and let the kids play in the pool...used to be the place but no more. Seals and Sea Lions have taken over and it is well... disgusting.

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Thank Steve R
San Diego
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Growing up in San Diego, the Childrens Pool was a wonderful protected cove for kids to play and swim in the ocean. We would bring our children here as they were growing up. Now it is overrun by seals and sea lions. The water is fouled by their feces. The stench is very unpleasant and even effects near by businesses.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got to La Jolla Cove at 10:09 after parking and left at 10:30. It was pretty packed, but we eventually found a spot by Children's Pool Beach. There were a lot of sea lions laying on the beach. I'm glad we stopped here. Also, there are public toilets and sinks but no soap.

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london uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful sandy bay, guarded by a Life guard and shallow water suitable for children . Very close to La Jolla Cove and the seals which are also worth taking children to see.

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Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go there, because of the history, because of the seals, the views and the birds. It is not that big, but I really enjoyed walking up there.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to see the sea lions up close. The walk out along the jetty can get exciting when the waves are crashing. All in all a beautiful place - a must-see if you're in the La Jolla area.

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