Near downtown La Jolla, the Children's Pool is a tiny cove
protected by a concrete breakwater. It was once a swimming
area for children, but the seals and sea lions have TAKEN OVER!!
Visitors can relax, sunbathe and also enjoy the wonderful
seals and sea lions at play in and around the shore or at
Seal Rock, their offshore reserve. Great paths for walkers and hikers.
High above the beach, these paths offer stunning panoramic views
of the water and the sandstone cliffs.
Grassy picnic areas are north and south of Children's Pool.
Plenty of terrific shops surrounding the area as well.
Although swimming is now discouraged at the beach, the
Children's Pool is still a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon.
No Diving either since the seals and sea lions are protected
from harassment by federal law. The mammals inhabit the
beach during winter, spring, and fall.
However, visitors can walk out onto the breakwater for an up-close
view of the Pacific and to observe the sea lions & seals.
No wheelchair access because of the steep incline
leading down to the ocean. No parking lots near the beach and
street parking, metered during the week, quickly fills
to capacity on summer weekends. Downtown is
only a short distance to the beach.
DirectionsGoing South, take I-5 to La Jolla Village Drive west.
Left on Torrey Pines Road. Right at Prospect Street,
veer right on Coast Boulevard.
Going North, take I-5 to Ardath Road; stay on this
road until it turns into Torrey Pines Road.
Take Torrey Pines Road to Prospect Street, turn right.
Veer right on Coast Boulevard.