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Children's Pool: Tours & Tickets

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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.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Children’s pool was originally endowed by/constructed by Ellen Browning Scripps to have a breakwater which created a safe beach where children could learn to swim. For decades and decades, children learned to swim in the protected area, as the seawall broke the waves, protecting...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 2 days ago

Childrens Pool is a nice area for the kids to swim if it wasn't for the sea lions/seals. There weren't too many this time but just enough to keep people interested in them. The odor wasn't as bad as the pelican area.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank fencepost
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not really a children’s pool, more of a seal watching pool. Fun little sea cave to explore and nice beach area.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank katie02868
Reviewed 1 week ago

I remember as a kid swimming in this area but now the sea lions have taken it over. You can still walk the sea wall or watch from a park bench.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 924aloha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was such a cool spot to visit. Seeing the seals in their natural habitat was amazing. There were several times in which the seals were within a few feet of us. There is a really cool cave store nearby. My family enjoyed walking through...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank gregm75460
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited at the end of the season, end of April, but there were still plenty of seals there. It was fun to watch them. I could have stayed all day, we stayed for about an hour. The viewing space allows for you to see...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank tiffanybrasch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a walk along the wooden walkway that forms a bit of a semi circle around the "children's pool" which is a small roped off beach area where families of seals come to sunbathe. Not sure why the call it a children's pool unless...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Wheretogowhattodo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was fun to see the seals and their pups on this beach. It was more interesting to hear about the history of the "children's pool" and the current politics surrounding this beach.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank raj b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was probably a really neat place for kids years ago but now the marine mammals have kinda invaded it. But there are some neat photos that you could capture there.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank maddiedean17588
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is great for kids and the overall family. It is quite and good for swiming and snorkling. There are bathrooms and showers.

Date of experience: September 2019
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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