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Children's Pool

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850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“sea lions” (199 reviews)
“sea wall” (34 reviews)
“pupping season” (31 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
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"sea lions"
in 199 reviews
"sea wall"
in 34 reviews
"pupping season"
in 31 reviews
"seal pups"
in 21 reviews
"watch seals"
in 12 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 38 reviews
"great place to view"
in 13 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 43 reviews
"sea world"
in 18 reviews
"beach area"
in 18 reviews
"small beach"
in 17 reviews
"natural environment"
in 10 reviews
"wild animals"
in 13 reviews
"great pictures"
in 10 reviews
"san diego"
in 40 reviews
"la jolla area"
in 10 reviews
"tide pools"
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

I have tried to visit this location on several occasions but have never been fortunate enough to get parking. This trip we were in luck mostly because we had an ADA parking pass. The location has excellent accessible parking for those that have a permit!...More

2  Thank Faith R
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Loved seeing all the seals, you are able to get as close as you dare. If you do not mind the smell if is enjoyable to see them

Thank Corrina J
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Seals enjoying the beach and rocks on a beautiful day. Go on up the beach a little ways and you will see Sea Lions doing the same.

Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

How see the wild seals and sea lions. In this area they are protected. If you prefer to experience them a little more close up walk south and you will find them!

1  Thank Traveling_addiction
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This use to be a Children's pool. Now its a pool for the local seals. I was told by our host that children at one time actually swam and played on the beach where the seals came up. Sad. But better safe than not. It...More

Thank chelle1959
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

I take the family here some weekends and it is usually not crowded. The beach creates a natural shelter where the kids and play safely in the water.

Thank CaribbeanFan79
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Visited this spot approximately 4 years ago, and wanted to show the area to friends touring with us this time. Beautiful location and easy walk to see sea lions for anyone with limited walking ability. Also wonderful place to drive along the coast and enjoy...More

Thank Nina B
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We visited later in the afternoon so were not sure if the sea lions would still be there............. they were. We loved watching them frolic in the water and come up on the beach to sun. It was a real treat. The smell wasn't the...More

1  Thank PAAnnR
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We came here in the morning and my girls loved watching all of the seals at rest and at play! It was great that there were multiple areas for viewing.

Thank bosoxgirl79
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I was here in April and it was a great time to see the seals and their pups! I recommend getting there early in the day, as it gets busier as the day goes on and the parking is more difficult to find! Be careful...More

Thank Brooke N
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PHSM
10 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
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npoirri
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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Elide A
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
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