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“A controversial location - seals or children?”
Review of Children's Pool

Children's Pool
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US$69.00*
and up
2-Hour La Jolla Segway Experience
Ranked #8 of 78 things to do in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Since Ellen Browning donated the land to the children and built a protective retaining wall so young children can enjoy the ocean, more and more seals have made it their resting area since they cannot climb steep rocks like the sea lions with flippers. In addition to a save place for children, it is a great place to scuba dive from since the waters are protected and calm. Unfortunately, due to the over fishing of sharks, the these seals are growing abundant in number, thus poluting the waters and Environmentalists are a very strong lobby, fighting for the protection of the seals and the elimitation of people at this beach which would take away a very important public beach which was gifted to the people (children) via a deed of the land many years ago. I personally wouldn't swim there because it's poluted and probably toxic. The divers continue to dive in an effort to save the beach. It's a great tourist area to see the seals beached all over the beach, however the Environmentalists are winning a fight with a permanent rope, keeping people away from access to the seals and water. The saga continues.........

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

I love seals and was hoping we would see seals on the day we visited and I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of seals and sea lions. Nice long concrete pier to view from.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This was built for people at probably great expense. Sea lions decided to move in so now the area is boarded up and closed. I noticed that reports online deem the waters to be unsanitary in that area due to the sea lions. There were not many of them on the beach but they do breed there and they are protected. There is a pier you can walk out on and it is still in good shape. Otherwise this was an investment made some time back that could be very nice as a protected beach without the pounding surf, however that is no longer available for people to enjoy. The sea lions, though interesting, are smelly and I wonder but what they affect the La Jolla Cove area negatively eventually.

Thank suzanochka
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I don't know why they called here children's pool. both children and adults have good time there.

Cheers

Thank hosnegar
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

We saw no seals that day, but the origin story of how the pool came to be was very interesting. I can't believe people actually protest to get rid of the seals, I would have loved to have seen them.

Thank Donna N
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