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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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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

We went twice to the children’s pool, it’s amazing! The second day we were lucky and saw lots of sea lions. Beautiful picture opportunities!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 226bian
Reviewed October 21, 2018

First of all La Jolla is gorgeous. The ocean views are fabulous. But if you want to see seals, this is the place to go. We saw harbor seals and sea lions basking on the beach and stunning themselves on the rocks. You’ll need good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Ok, first things first, "What is that smell?!?!", right? Well, you'll get over it before too long. Remember, this is their house, we're visitors. Ok, PSA outta the way. What an awesome place to get up close and personal with wildlife! I mean they're everywhere,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Burgher47
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Seals have fully booked for the season. Sad as it is the easiest accessible beach in the area. Impressive beach rescue building and staff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank longtravel09
Reviewed October 11, 2018

The Children's Pool is a great inlet in the Pacific Ocean along La Jolla park where kids and sea lions swim. The park overlooks the ocean and waves cracking along the rocks.. Great photo-ops, picnic area, walking path. A couple of blocks from downtown La...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NeilR662
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

The children's pool area was created by the installation of a sea wall. The entire point was to create a space where was safe for children to use the ocean. When I visited, it was absolutely being used for that purpose. However, it was also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anna911
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Great spot to see the adorable seals sunbathing. Parking is difficult, you may want to park a couple of miles away and Uber. We found free street parking and walked about 15 minutes back to the pool. We hung out to watch the seals for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CMPofCharleston
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I followed tips from tourists and decided to see the Children’s Pool. The sea lions and seals were amazing. What a great nature stop! Parking is a bit sketchy but the walk is totally worth it! Bring your phone and take plenty...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JRJ J
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Children’s pool is open to people from May to December. Ignore the crazies who want you off the beach. Stay away from the seals. The yellow rope has no legal bearing. Once the California Supreme Court rules, it will be open year round.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank epicsaga
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

A nice spot to visit in La Jolla to take in the views of rocks, sand, surf, and seals. The sea lions hang out more towards La Jolla Cove, but here you'll see the seals lounging around on the rocks. The Sea Wall is fun...More

Date of experience: September 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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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.