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Children's Pool

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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 3 days ago via mobile

Ok, first things first, "What is that smell?!?!", right? Well, you'll get over it before too long. Remember, this is their house, we're visitors. Ok, PSA outta the way. What an awesome place to get up close and personal with wildlife! I mean they're everywhere,...More

Thank Burgher47
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Seals have fully booked for the season. Sad as it is the easiest accessible beach in the area. Impressive beach rescue building and staff.

Thank longtravel09
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Children's Pool is a great inlet in the Pacific Ocean along La Jolla park where kids and sea lions swim. The park overlooks the ocean and waves cracking along the rocks.. Great photo-ops, picnic area, walking path. A couple of blocks from downtown La...More

Thank Neil R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The children's pool area was created by the installation of a sea wall. The entire point was to create a space where was safe for children to use the ocean. When I visited, it was absolutely being used for that purpose. However, it was also...More

Thank Anna911
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot to see the adorable seals sunbathing. Parking is difficult, you may want to park a couple of miles away and Uber. We found free street parking and walked about 15 minutes back to the pool. We hung out to watch the seals for...More

Thank CMPofCharleston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I followed tips from tourists and decided to see the Children’s Pool. The sea lions and seals were amazing. What a great nature stop! Parking is a bit sketchy but the walk is totally worth it! Bring your phone and take plenty...More

Thank JRJ J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Children’s pool is open to people from May to December. Ignore the crazies who want you off the beach. Stay away from the seals. The yellow rope has no legal bearing. Once the California Supreme Court rules, it will be open year round.

2  Thank epicsaga
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice spot to visit in La Jolla to take in the views of rocks, sand, surf, and seals. The sea lions hang out more towards La Jolla Cove, but here you'll see the seals lounging around on the rocks. The Sea Wall is fun...More

Thank goldenlover2015
Reviewed 9 September 2018

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 8 September 2018 via mobile

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

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Response from epicsaga | Reviewed this property |
Because animal rights crazies hate people
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19 August 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
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