Children's Pool Beach Tours
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As the name suggests, this stretch of sand in San Diego’s upscale La Jolla neighborhood was once a swimming spot for families, thanks to a seawall that shelters the cove. Nowadays, Children’s Pool Beach is a favorite resting and breeding ground for harbor seals and a popular wildlife-watching area.
While Children’s Pool Beach is technically open to the public, it’s rare to see any humans in the water. Instead, local populations of harbor seals and sea lions congregate on the small strip of sand, often with pups in tow. Their presence has turned the beach into a popular tourist attraction, with camera-toting visitors arriving to watch the seals from street level or atop the curved seawall. Many San Diego sightseeing tours also stop by for a look.
Access to the beach is a topic of fierce local debate. Animal conservationists wish to protect the beach as a marine mammal sanctuary, while others argue it should be preserved for public enjoyment. Tensions over beach usage occasionally result in protests.
Things to Know Before You Go
- If you decide to step on the sand, maintain a safe distance from wildlife and don’t attempt to touch the seals.
- Bacteria levels in the water may result in unsafe swimming conditions. Observe any posted warning signage.
- Go during low tide to see additional marine life inside the beach’s tide pools.
- Public restrooms and showers are available near the seawall.
How to Get There
Children’s Pool Beach is located near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Jenner Street in downtown La Jolla. There’s no public lot, but paid parking is available nearby. Segway and bike tours are a great way to access the beach.
When to Get There
The beach is open daily. It’s best visited during daylight hours for safety reasons and to observe the seals.
One Day in La Jolla
The community surrounding Children’s Pool Beach is one of San Diego’s most exclusive enclaves, known for its gorgeous beaches, Spanish-style mansions, and luxury boutiques. La Jolla is a lovely place to wander around for a day—whether you want to window-shop, sample fresh California cuisine, or kick back at postcard-perfect coastal spaces like Ellen Browning Scripps Park and Cuvier Park.
Address: Children's Pool Beach, La Jolla, California 92037, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Children's Pool Beach
Curious about La Jolla’s backstory then lace-up your sneakers, it’s time to soak in the glory and magnificence of this sun-kissed seaside community by immersing yourself in its story, history and architecture. Take in the feel, allure and romance of this Southern Californian coastal paradise as you stroll the streets of the downtown village of La Jolla with this self-guided GPS tour. You can Tour Freely: stop and start at your leisure. Go back in time to discover fascinating fun facts about La Jolla’s early days. Discover the influence of Ellen Browning Scripps and view historical sites designed by architect Irving Gill. Take in an expansive vista from a tucked-away historic observation deck. See and hear the seals and sea lions barking at the Children’s Pool - pupping season is in Spring! See Dr Seuss original artworks along the way and swing by the La Valencia Hotel, where Hollywood luminaries like Gregory Peck and Dorothy Maguire stayed and have a delicious Whaler drink at the bar.
See La Jolla’s mansions, shops and scenic beaches on a 2-hour Segway tour of San Diego’s most glamorous neighborhood. Follow your guide up and down La Jolla’s famous hills, get a glimpse of the boats on Windansea Beach and watch for the seals and sea lions that cluster around Children’s Pool Beach. Cruise past Bird Rock’s seaside estates and the elegant boutiques that line the neighborhood’s shopping district, then finish your tour at a lush, coastal park with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Visit La Jolla and ride to the summit of Mount Soledad with a 2.5-hour guided tour by electric bike. Enjoy the flexibility of your motor assisted bike, so you can pedal up hills or simply cruise along the road as you explore with your local guide. Take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from Soledad, then steer back to the water’s edge to explore the glamorous community’s most iconic spots, from a surfing beach with a raucous sea lion colony to elegant streets packed with upscale boutiques and cafés.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Children's Pool Beach?
The best ways to experience Children's Pool Beach are:
- La Jolla: Explore California's Riviera on a self-guided audio tour
- La Jolla Segway Tour
- SoCal Riviera Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla and Mount Soledad
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