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Children's Pool

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“sea wall”(35 reviews)
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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 weeks ago

We visited the Children's Pool hoping to see the sea lions. It is a very beautiful setting on the coast. But the only animals we saw on the beach were birds and in the water, human beings. Parking could be found but was a bit...More

2  Thank JackofPBFL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parking difficult. Beach roped off. Cones and mess everywhere. What is there to say. Don’t go out of your way.

Thank Houston_TXSusan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We finally found parking in La Jolla and a local told us the beach was great close to where we parked. It happened to be the children’s beach lifeguard buildkng that was right there he was referring to. The little area of beach and water...More

Thank Flyer272776
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here at the end of July expecting to see a bunch of sea lions and seals. Instead, the Children's Pool was actually filled with children. After about 30 minutes a single seal approached, but a bunch of kids moved toward it and started...More

2  Thank Kelly P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a hard time finding parking so we parked closer to the tide pools and checked them out first. Pretty cool. Crabs and snails. Then we walked to the Children's Pool and the seals and sea lions were very entertaining. It was cool to...More

1  Thank runnergirl9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Going down to the very end it is a very great place to touch all your senses. The infinite view of the Ocean. The Sound of the waves, the smell of the Ocean. and some splashes that might hit you from the waves.

Thank Semsema
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seaworld try to flog you their experiences with enclosed depressed animals. Just come here, and you can swim with the wild ones! Best to check the tide charts, as they come into Children's Cover when the tide comes in, following the fish no doubt. Parking...More

Thank rebekahkeirancaseyl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have the possibility to watch this amazing animals in their own ambient is something special. You can admire them as in a tv documentary. The important is don't disturb the animals. We are guest and we have to respect them. Really beautiful.

Thank marco-anni
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Convenient access and beautiful views and not spoiled by touristy shops. There are abundant viewing platforms to watch the lions.

Thank Docmartin52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has the views I was expecting of the CA coastline. Wonderful, salty air with the sound of the crashing waves. Parking was surprisingly easy. The seals were fun to watch and I was happy to see they had a rope up to set...More

Thank Lauren S
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Beverly R
19 August 2018|
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Response from kellypea56 | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you take your concerns to the proper authorities instead of emoting in a travel forum. Start with the federal government—the seals are a protected species.
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.