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“Beautiful views and seals too”
Review of Children's Pool

Children's Pool
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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 28 October 2013

This is a very scenic spot. We saw birds, seals, and people swimming. The view from the top is beautiful. This was a nice place to enjoy nature.

1  Thank Gloria H
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We went Sunday afternoon so it was very busy but in the late afternoon there was adequate available parking. Putting in 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla into our GPS took us through scenic La Jolla and right to free street parking. There is a streetside sidewalk for strollers and such and you can walk and see the lovely coastline for quite a bit. But if you want to walk out closer to the water to see the seals, you have to abandon the stroller and use steep steps and rough surfaces that are wet and slippery. But it is well worth it to feel the Pacific spray, hear the roar of the water hitting the rocks and see the seals lying in their habitat below the walkway.

2  Thank Lovestwotravel
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Check the High/Low tide charts first. Visited at low tide (around 10am). On the cliffs, loads of sea lions (50+). Very noisy and boy did it reek of sea lion poop. So for the faint of heart, it can be smelly. But we loved it. Lots of birds too. Walked up the road. Would recommend dropping senior citizens and those who cannot walk off at the Sea Shell shop and letting them walk down the hill. Very scenic. So grab a cup of java and relax along the way to enjoy the various scenes and wildlife.

There appeared to be either a triatholan or lifeguard training today. Had about 150 people in wet suits swimming across the channel.

At the "beach", there were a number of swimmers enjoying themselves. Did not notice any sea lions swimming with them or the athletes above, they appear to steer clear of them in the water. Did see a number of scuba divers out there. It is actually a man-made underwater park that was built.

Just beyond, there is a rock outcropping with lots of "tidal treasures"... that is small pools of water with wonderous creatures as the tide recedes. Anenomes, shells, trapped minnows, and a dizzying array of beautiful markings made by it appears lava and the ocean thousands of years ago. Enjoyed watching the lobster fishermen pull up their traps (Lobster season started Oct. 1). A wonderful place of exploration and delight for everyone! Sits right next to a large, grassy park with a few picnic tables.

Restaurants on the road with a view include (I didn't eat at them): Brockton Villa Restaurant; Goldfish Point Cafe, Eddie V's, and the Crab Catcher.

Thank SayCheese
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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.........

1  Thank kathylynne1
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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.

Thank Travelbugsforlife
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