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Children's Pool

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Address: 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and...

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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Watch the seals taking a nap

This is why you should love San Diego. Right there, next to some apartments, a bunch of seals just come out the water and lay on the beach. It's like a normal, daily thing, down... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This is why you should love San Diego. Right there, next to some apartments, a bunch of seals just come out the water and lay on the beach. It's like a normal, daily thing, down here. So amazing.

Thank Francisco V
Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This is an actual seal rookery, only one of two in SoCal. They are so amazing to see but you HAVE to keep your distance. The moms will abandon their little babies if people get too close. Legally you are not supposed to get within 150 feet of the seals. It is a federal law, the Marine Mammal Act. You... More 

1 Thank melaniesmith12345
Janesville, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

When visiting La Jolla our driver told us about this location and how great it is this time of year because the seals give birth to their pups at this location. Our kids loved seeing all the baby seals up-close. Be aware of the smell...it's intense.

Thank Tabatha J
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This is not for swimming but for viewing the seals laying on the beach and playing in the surf. Smell can be strong at times.

Thank Britt H
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Great place to view Harbor Seals when they have their pups. This is December through end of April. Then the beach is open to people with kids low waves and not deep.

Thank Mark C
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

There are a couple of things you need to be aware o if you are going to walk out on the curved walkway that surrounds the children's pool. First, the walkway is very corroded, eroded, and uneven in many places. We had no trouble walking it, but any one with mobility issues or unsteady on their feet will find it... More 

Thank GreenLakeReener
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This pool beach is mainly for this beautiful sea lions and seals and birds. It's breathtaking, s family destination!

Thank Sugaylange
San Angelo, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The beach and area sure are beautiful, but it is very stinky and covered in sea lions. They are fun to watch and they are very active, but be prepared to plug your nose occasionally. Don't swim in the water, it is polluted with the animal feces. Gross. But, it is very pretty and entertaining!

1 Thank Kathleen C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This gives a beautiful beach and ocean view - but be prepared for a beach covered in sea lions! No swimming here any more, but it's fun to watch the ocean and the sea lions playing. Just be prepared - there are a lot of sea lions, and the smell definitely lets you know that!

Thank patn03
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

The name is mis-leading. Although it once was a dedicated beach set aside for calm ocean beach access for young children,its occupied by many sea lions sharing the beach and with the smells of gull dropping and the animal dropping in the water, not too sure its a place for being called a children's pool.desirable for swimming.A winding sidewalk but... More 

Thank guskonstantin

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