The name Children’s Pool Beach is a bit of a misnomer –unless you’re referring to the Harbour Seals that have taken over this La Jolla location as ‘children’.
When Ellen Browning Scripps built the seawall in 1931 at 850 Coast Boulevard, she had originally intended the area to be created as a public park for children. With the seawall protecting the beach from crashing waves, this would have been a perfect natural bathing pool and playground for children of the human variety but because of its close proximity to Seal Rock, it’s been taken over by cute pinnipeds like these two:
Children’s Pool Beach is La Jolla’s second best location to view seals in a natural habitat. The area is roped off from December 15 through May 15 for seal birthing season but visitors can still get a fantastic view from a short distance above.
Children’s Pool Beach Overview
- Coordinates: 32.847638, -117.278433
- Fees: FREE
- Usage: Heavy
- Things to note:
- The designated parking lot is limited so you may have to find off-street parking.
- Pets allowed: No
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