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A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life...

A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.

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The tide pools and surrounding scenery were breathtaking. It's best if you can time your visit to be there at low tide, but every other person in the area has the same idea as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Weare, New Hampshire
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Weare, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tide pools and surrounding scenery were breathtaking. It's best if you can time your visit to be there at low tide, but every other person in the area has the same idea as you. The parking lot is tiny, so my recommendation is to go early and poke around the area and wait for low tide. The park closes... More 

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We brought our kids to the tide pools and it was so worth it! There were so many tiny creatures living in the tide pools and we even saw small sharks in the water near the tide pools. Very fun afternoon. It's a short walk down to the tide pools from the car on a dirt road.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were following the 'scenic route' to take in some of the sites we may had missed on earlier visits - this was one. Requiring a $10 entrance to the National Park, valid for return up to 5 days, it afforded various vantage points to view the coastline and walking trials, of which the tide polls are one. Unfortunately for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

Although beautiful, we went randomly after going to the monument and it was near high tide so there were not really any tide pools to look at. Even without the tide pools the walk and views are beautiful!

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

If you happened to be nearby during low tide - it's ok to stop by and see some star fish and crabs, but if you have more time - go to La Jolla Cove instead. You'll see more wild life (including tide pools) and it will be free. If you decide to go here - there are rocks and they... More 

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Norco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

We we went at a 2ft tide not much of a tide pool. Volunteer said we need to be that at a minus 1 tide. It was worth the drive the cave was closed when we went. The views of the ocean after a storm are always great Nice hike and well worth the stop

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Byhalia, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The drive to the pools is found immediately as you enter the park. We parked in the first lot and walked up to the second. The walk was gorgeous and along the way we saw seals, sea lions, and shore birds. The waves were too rough to enjoy the pools, but the scenery was so exceptional we left happy.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Negatives: We arrived near low tide, but it wasn't low enough to create as many pools as we had hoped it would. Also, there was a fair amount of people up and down the coast. Positives: We did discover some tide pools and many other things of interest. Despite the small negatives mentioned above, it was still very enjoyable. If... More 

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Murrieta, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

To ensure a good experience here time your arrival for near low tide as to be able to access the pools. There are benches along the shore where you can sit and ocean or people watch. Be advised that parking at times can be problematic at the tide pools.

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White Salmon, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Maybe it was high tide, but I didn't see any tidepools, and I had just recently been to Yachats, Or, which has amazing waterfront formations and this was like nothing.

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