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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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850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4254
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 days 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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
Thank TravelWorldMap
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to see seals hand out. Go to The Cove if you want to see more. The walkway was a bit dangerous and a tight squeeze for multiple people

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank patsfreak2002
Reviewed 8 September 2019

We were very close to the seals and could see many others in the water. It was neat to get so close! Be wary of getting splashed on the pier!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kim M
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26 September 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
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
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