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Children's Pool

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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
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All reviews sea lions sea wall pupping season seal pups fun to watch great place to view on the rocks small beach beach area their natural habitat wild animals great pictures san diego parking spot tide pools la jolla cove beautiful spot
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited on a beautiful January afternoon. The water was absolutely stunning. Sea lions were resting. The beach was clean, and a few were brave enough to be in the chilly water. I loved La Jolla!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A picturesque area with the added bonus of seeing the seals. We arrived just before sunset and I advise allowing yourself more time. I wish we had.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FLflipflops
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a pool for children. It’s a big tourist attraction. It’s beautiful area with lots of seals. Very exciting place to spend about 2 hours and take lots os pictures

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank silvania T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed our visit here. Lots to see and do observed pelicans, cormorants, seals with pups, explored tide pools, found sea anemone, sea shells and lots of beach glass. The people watching wasn’t bad either. I was so busy looking down in front of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pumpkinf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited La Jolla today and the place is amazing. It was seal pupping season so the were everywhere and that was awesome too. Public parking is free and finding a spot was not difficult. Highly recommended!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pedromE6613EP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great area with tons of seals and sea lions. Gorgeous views off the coast and ocean. Highly recommend stopping by!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Leoghaire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small beach was closed because it was covered in seals. Fun place to view the seals at a distance. We were there at high tide, but I believe there are some tide pools on the south side that could be fun to explore. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MCH65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a easy drive from Los Angeles to San Diego to reach La Jolla. This place is a must visit for people visiting San Diego. Hundreds of seals are enjoying the warm sun in a small beachside area surrounded by a narrow pedestrian walkway....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank junayed88
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Deviated from Prospect St. to walk around and made it to the pool for the views of the ocean. There were over 120 seal sunbathing. Just the coast and waves are worth the visit, the sea life is always great along the coast here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank H33WJcc
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beyond the GORGEOUS drive up the coast, the incredible waves crashing against the rocks and the view (WOW), the Children's Pool is beyond cool. We could have spent hours watching these rolly polly cuties laying in the sun on the beach and getting so annoyed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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September 26, 2018|
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Response from JackofPBFL | Reviewed this property |
I don't know why. The pool was originally built for children but the sea lions and seals took it over. There was a sign there that said people should not approach mother seals because they might abandon their pups who will... More
Beverly R
August 18, 2018|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
This is a public beach. It is protected by park rangers who monitor it at all times. People are not allowed to touch them or disturb them without repercussions. If you did your research BEFORE presenting this question, you... More
May 10, 2018|
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Response from jayfromsd | Reviewed this property |
Yes , there is a lot to see and do . If you walk north you will go to Shell beach . Stay on the concrete patch along the shore . Lots of places to stop and view the shore and wild life. Keep walking north and you will see a... More
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
How to get to Children's Pool in La Jolla by public transit (4 Replies)
My husband is going to be at a conference next week and we are staying at the Mariott near the airport. Looking for things to do during the day while he is at his conference, and thought I would like to see Children's Pool and see the seals. We don't have a car. Is there an easy way to get to the Children's Pool via public transit if I can get into downtown San Diego? Is Children's Pool near town, and are there other things that people recommend to check out while I am out there?
October 28, 2011|
Response fromtravelingcowgirl|
I recommend you ride the bus beyond that stop and go directly to the Scripps Aquarium. Make sure the bus driver lets you at the bottom of the hill right next to the Cecil Green Science Building and the 'walk over bridge" not at the top of the hill because the walk is MUCH SHORTER. The aquarium is possibly the best aquarium in the US. It is quick and easy to get there by bus even though some of the volunteer "tourist advisors" in LaJolla told us it would be take a long time. Then after you...More
Children's Pool (1 Replies)
Coming in for a quick visit. Heard there are some seals to be seen. Will I find them if I go in August?
July 28, 2007|
Response fromRiff M|
Yes, but lately during the summer months,there have been people bothering them during the day. So first thing in the morning or in the afternoon /early evening when fewer people are on the beach, will be the best time to find them on the beach.
Irvine, CA
Children's Pool Sea Lions - Time of Day (4 Replies)
We have a busy San Diego itinerary but I wanted to show my kids the sea lions at Children's Pool. Is there a certain "best time of day" to see them? I was hoping we could go there in the late afternoon/evening, see the sea lions, and then have dinner in La Jolla and perhaps catch a beach sunset. But if the sea lions are only around in the morning, for example, I may have to adjust my plans.
June 08, 2016|
Response fromRiff M|
The sea lions are on the rocks at La Jolla Cove and the harbor seals are on the beach(and nearby ocean water) at the children's pool. These places are connected by a walkway and there are several small coves in between. They live in this area so during the day they may be out swimming to find food but I'd imagine that by evening they'd be resting so your plan sounds OK.