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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 2 days ago

With some local controversy this area has been taken over by seals being a natural habitat for them. So interesting to get a close up view of them but PLEASE be respectful as they are wild so you do not want to harass or get...More

Thank Ruyhies D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We didn’t swim here due to conflicting reports of high bacteria levels due to heavy sea lion activity. It looked fun and there were people in the water. Every once in awhile a sea lion would swim with the people, it was pretty neat. The...More

Thank goldfish87
Reviewed 4 days ago

I walk past the Children's Pool occasionally and noticed just this past week the sea lions and seals have moved farther up the coastline toward The Cove where they were attracting the usual audience. There were a few people swimming in the Children's Pool which...More

1  Thank kellypea56
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I loved seeing the seals and sea lions so much that we went twice. The first time we went, it was really early in the morning. Most of the seals were on the beach. The second time we went, it was in...More

Thank Staci B
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking to get a close and up close look at a bunch of seals here is the place. When I had gone there were tons of baby seals very curious about us taking pictures. They were beyond adorable and seriously recommend. Be...More

Thank pspell87
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enclosed beach at bottom of small cliffs. Great for WATCHING from above. Polluted water and occupation of sand by sea lions make actual beach undesirable. (Despite changing booths, etc. for nominal swimming.) Can be ticketed for approaching the animals. Path above, solid pier in a...More

Thank k2r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Can be hard to park but fun for children and families to see the seals. There is a certain controversy associated with this area being protective of the seals who took it over about 15 years ago and some residents would prefer to allow it...More

Thank Anthony F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a picturesque spot - enjoyed walking on the wall surrounding the pool. Great views. It is a spot that the seals use for half the year — I was told by a guide that it is basically their habitat during that period and...More

Thank amhut2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best day ever after visiting this pool for 40 years; clearest water this moment. Fun to watch the guard seal care for the others by bellowing warnings at snorkelers!

Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a great place to see the sea lions and seals but I reccomend swimming at a different beach! This beach is unsanitary and clearly maked that the bacteria levels exceed the state regulations, however to walk around and watch the sea lions and seals...More

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11 May 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
29 January 2018|
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Response from Marshall Megan B | Reviewed this property |
We did it. And did it with several whiny little kids, and big adults.
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30 July 2015|
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Response from InquisitiveTessa | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are sea lions and seals on this coast year round. You'll find seals at the Children's pool and the sea lions typically hand a little north of this at the Cove. You can usually find the sea lions by the smell (it... More