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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“sea lions” (195 reviews)
“sea wall” (34 reviews)
“pupping season” (29 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 195 reviews
"sea wall"
in 34 reviews
"pupping season"
in 29 reviews
"seal pups"
in 20 reviews
"watch seals"
in 12 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 38 reviews
"great place to view"
in 13 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 42 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
"tide pools"
in 20 reviews
"la jolla cove"
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

We stopped by the Children's Pool a couple of days ago. You were not allowed to swim because of the pupping season. We were able to see lots of cute baby seals playing with their mothers.

Thank Harry T
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

We stumbled onto this site as we were looking for parking to view the ocean during a drive through La Jolla and it turned out to be a real treat. Seals and sea lions and pups were basking in the sun and frolicking the water....More

Thank angelvet
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Children's Pool is a nice area to sit an watch the ocean and seals/sea lions. We spotted a whale spout from the bench we were on. Unfortunately we weren't allowed down on the beach on the Children's Pool side, but on the opposite side, we...More

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Reviewed March 19, 2018

This is a must see if you are in the area. We visited in March and it is a great opportunity to see the seals and lots of pups. There are a lot of nice spots to watch the seals on the beach and in...More

Thank Jenny M
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

This spot offers great opportunities to view Harbor Seals in relatively close proximity. In March, there were many moms with pups so the beach was closed off, but it was easy to view them from the walkway. They are beautiful and so fun to watch...More

Thank Kimbolina55
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

If you’re an animal lover, visit the Children’s Pool on Coast Boulevard in La Jolla between February-April. You’ll be able to see numerous Harbor seal pups, possibly even watch some being born. The surrounding water is clear, so you can watch the young pups learning...More

Thank BBOK
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

We stayed at an Inn a block from Children's Pool, so we walked down before dinner one evening. The sea lions were playing in the shallows and napping on the beach, very cool to see. Many people were around enjoying the view. It was nice.

Thank BeckyRT
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

The shoreline in and around the childrens pool area in La Jolla is a great place to visit. You can see and hear the seals and sea lions. It was pup season so there were many babies around. The water is very nice to watch....More

Thank ksburg1969
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

How much fun seeing nature in it's natural habitat. The seals are fun to see, the babies are adorable and it is just such a pleasant visit for all who go. Yes it smells, oh well. Don't be stupid and try to go down with...More

Thank Mootheart
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

You definitely want to come here to see the seals. Also on many days you can catch little tiny crab fish

Thank Dave P
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PHSM
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
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npoirri
January 29, 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
July 30, 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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