Children's Pool
Children's Pool
4.5
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • ltushla
    Oak Lawn, Illinois168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So cool!
    Could watch the seals all day! Walking up, didn’t see any seals and was disappointed. My boyfriend suggested walking a little further and we saw them. 10 initially on a couple of rocks. Parking is tough but patience won out. So glad we didn’t give up!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Clarence And G
    San Diego, California372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It could have used with a couple more disabled parking spots.
    We visited the Children's Pool for the first time, and really enjoyed ourselves. We also found a somewhat close disabled parking spot to the Children's Pool. Nevertheless, it could have used with a couple more spots. I stayed up above but my partner went down on the seawall. I was worried about coming down here but it turned out well. As for Gonzalo, he said that it was a really great experience. As an aside, he also said amusingly, "It smelled a little fishy." It was a beautiful cool and overcast morning and there were about thirty seals on the beach. Fortunately, there were no people on the beach, which can often happen. I would have appreciated a little more disability access than the one parking spot in front of the Lifeguard Station.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • wren52681
    Gaithersburg, Maryland369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seals!!!
    Arrived at children's pool beach to see the seals. It was about 5:30 when I arrived and when we got there, there were about 20 seals sleeping on the beach. They were so cute, and then some awful human being snuck up on them from the rocks and scared them and they all slid into the water. The beach is closed this time of year because it is pupping season, and they don't want the seals to be bothered. I am lucky I got there when I did because if I had arrived just 5 minutes later, they would have been gone.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2024
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Michael K
Fort Lee, NJ65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's hard to find areas like this nowadays, where wildlife and people come in close contact. Unfortunately, many people don't understand the fine line between enjoying and bothering wildlife. This area gets very crowded for several reasons.

First, there are seals laying on the beach just resting and basking in the sun. Why people have to go so close and bother them is beyond me, but I guess curiosity and ignorance can't be helped. There is also a huge colony of birds nesting in the cliffs adjacent to the beach that people admire and take pictures of. The walkway pier that allows people to go out onto the ocean attracts people because of the views and photo ops it represents, but it's the public restrooms that attracts so many people here.

It's a nice place to stop by and take pictures, but if you don't like crowds, there are plenty of other areas you can go along the shoreline where you have some space and can see seals and enjoy the beautiful and majestic Pacific!
Written February 4, 2020
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ashie b
Richmond, VA388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Warning: during sea lion/seal season - it will be packed! Maybe it's because we went on a mid-day Sunday when it was perfect weather, but I have a feeling it's a popular attraction regardless. Parking and traffic was an absolute nightmare. Other than that, once we finally parked it was AMAZING! I have never seen sea lions outside of a zoo, so this was a really cool experience. There were so many of them too. My only complaint is I think the park rangers/police need to be more strict. They let a lot of people get dangerously close to take pictures, so close that at one point one of the sea lions looked like they were getting ready to attack. It also sucks for people who want to take pictures because all the people getting within 10 feet are blocking everybody's view. I'd recommend going but during a weekday for sure, and maybe early in the morning to avoid crowds and stupid people.
Written March 4, 2021
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MrsBray2218
Kentucky232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was probably one of the highlights of our trip. Completely unexpected. We overheard our flight attendant mention this to someone and quickly added to our list. We easily spent over an hour here. And how could you not? Who needs to spend hundreds at the zoo when you can see the moms and their pups in a natural habitat? It was amazing! I am so glad we made the stop here.
Written March 13, 2021
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Ponytail79
Lubbock, TX226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is a sweet spot to stop for a quick viewing. The momma sea lions were teaching their baby’s swim skills and who knows what else. Fun to watch and take in the simplicity of it all. Totally free. Children’s Beach is closed to humans, it’s strictly for the sea lions to use for their “children”. I love that!
Written March 6, 2020
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Tootsiewest
Westerville, OH777 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is one of our favorite places to visit when we come to San Diego. It just makes me smile to see these beautiful, harmless creatures sunning themselves on the sand. The bellow of their bark as they waddle their bodies into the pack up onto the large rocks. It is a must see! Yes, they don't smell pleasing but their cuteness makes up for it!
Written February 22, 2021
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gerundorchid
Tucson, AZ35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Definitely for children, adult groups will not enjoy this area. This is a nice cove with few small waves. You can’t see the horizon. There’s a pier just west of the pool where you can see it. I saw one seal there today.
Written July 21, 2020
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DT-PEI
499 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Surprised to get street side parking, then walked the cliff side walk and came upon this area. The seals now own the beach. The sea wall allows one to get down close to them and observe active seals on the water side of the wall. Also saw sea lions, pelicans, surfers, snorklers, paddle boarders, a lobster fisher pulling traps as he/she was catching spiny lobsters (unlike the clawed North Atlantic lobster) just off shore. For those that wish to go down to the beach, there were several access points, but the beaches are just short segments.
Written February 3, 2020
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Miss Valerie
Los Angeles, CA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We entered in our GPS without knowing: "Children's pool" as we left our hotel to sea a Sunset in La Jolla. Well, we had no clue that at this time of the Year (Jan 3rd), all the seals come here to reproduce and they close the beach. It is quite impressive to see this and so wonderful, especially at sunset time. There is right there a Kelp Sea where the Seal love to eat. That's their restaurant and that's why they chill there. As well you can find in that area the white sharks but mainly the shortfin mako sharks are more established. Those Mako sharks are also known as the blue pointer or bonito shark, is a large mackerel shark. The shortfin mako is on record as the fastest-swimming shark, capable of bursts of speed up to 18.8 metres per second.Je recommande vivement pour une belle experience de nature.
Une jeune femme qui travaillait au petit stand ou ils vendents des T-shirts nous a donne plein d'info et nous avons achete un petit phoque qui aide a cette mission de soutenir et proteger les phoques.
Written January 13, 2020
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MelvinPusfinger
Temecula, CA644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a pleasant place to spend an hour or two. This is especially the case if you have young children who do not like large waves. This location is not completely sheltered so there are small waves. And the surface area of the beach is not huge. Therefore, if you are very concerned about social distancing in the time of COVID-19, this is probably not the place for you. There is a ramp but it does not go all the way down to the beach. The last part is down very steep steps. Therefore, if you come here with a stroller, you need to haul it up and down the steep steps. But set all that aside, this is a nice location. There are a few parking spaces nearby that are three hours. Otherwise free parking is limited to two hours.
Written August 29, 2020
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Lynne
Salina, KS162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We had no idea about this until we were lucky enough to be seated next to a local San Diegoan on the plane who told us about this. This was one of our favorite parts of the trip! I have never been so up close and personal with seals. It was amazing to watch them come in and out of the tide and sunbathe on the sand. We started at the Tide Pools and walked along all the way to end here at Children's Pool - highly recommended for anyone traveling to San Diego!
Written November 15, 2021
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