A small aquarium located in the hills of La Jolla.
Ineractive setting for children and adults. Friendly and available staff.
Adult, 18-59 years $11.00, Youth (3-17 yrs,) $7.50, 2 yrs. and under Free
July 2009 update-there's been a recent flurry of legal activity, the current status is that the city of San Diego's court-ordered plan to disperse seals from Children's Pool beach in La Jolla is on hold until at least October 2009
The Children's Pool was created by building a seawall to form a protected cove for children to swim in but at some point harbor seals began using the beach to to rest, reproduce and molt (hauling out). Humans and seals coexisted there for awhile until it was determined the bacteria level wasn't safe for humans and now the area exists as a natural spot for people to view harbor seals.
I understand that there are pro-seal factions and anti-seal factions among the La Jolla/San Diego population but personally I am glad the seals, at least for the time being, seem to have won the battle. It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen, watching seals in a natural habitat, sunning themselves on the rocks, frolicking in the water, watching the seals exert what seems to be a phenomonal amount of energy just to move a couple of feet, watching the babies lift their flippers in surprise every time a wave rolls up on the beach.
Humans must keep their distance, you can either watch from the seawall or from the walkway along the road or from the beach at a distance. You can't, nor should you want to, interact or touch the seals.
Hanging out at any of the beaches is the top San Diego thing to do. Dress in layers as temps at the beaches tend to be a bit lower than the regular temp. Wind is a big factor also. But it does make for wonderful waves. A favorite local beach is Wind&Sea in La Jolla. Limited beachfront parking but there's lots of street parking around. Just be respectful of the neighborghood.
This place is a smaller Sea World. It's not as large as the Monterey Aquarium. But it's definitely worth a visit. Especially when it's raining. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here. The parking is free for 3 hrs. The admission fees are $11 for adults and $7.50 for kids.
Kids love it here! They get to see a plethora of fishes. The kelp tank is huge! Sharks, eels, butterfly fishes are just some of the marine animals you encounter here. And who can forget the seadragons! Those creatures are beautiful! There's also a nursery section of the aquarium. It's neat to see how small these fishes are!
You can learn a thing or two about green house effects. And there are some pictures of glaciers around the world, before and after pictures. It's amazing to see how much ice has been melting. And if you want to see how it feels to be on TV or as a news anchor person, there's a section in the aquarium where you can read from a teleprompter and be on the news! You can watch yourself after you record on the little TV. Very cool!
Did I mention the view is gorgeous??!
I recently took a kayak tour in La Jolla, CA. The sun was out, the water was nice, and the fish and marine life were out. I took a guided tour with La Jolla Bike and Kayak and had a blast.
They started out with some paddle instruction (i didn't know what I was doing) and explained how to successfully kayak past the surf. We were in a group, so once we got to the boat launch area on the beach we started to paddle out one by one.
Once we reached the Sea Caves our tour guide hopped out of his kayak and took us inside each of the caves. The guide held our kayak steady so that we didn't flip over, or bump into the rocks. It was pretty cool, but the really cool part was when we got out of the cave.
There were sea lions everywhere. I saw tons of yellow fish (forgot what they were called), Leopard Sharks, and I just had a blast.
Give these guys a try: La Jolla Bike and Kayak
I was following the directions for the 59 Mile Scenic Drive and Mount Soledad was one of the stops, it's La Jolla's highest point and has a good view over San Diego if you have a clear day. It was a bit overcast and hazy when I arrived but I could still see the coastline and downtown San Diego although my pictures didn't come out very clear.
There is plenty of parking to stop and take a look around and a cross memorial to our country's veterans near the parking area.
Apparently I just missed some landslides in the area, you might have a look at the attached website to make sure that the area is open to visitors.
Heading north from the Children's Pool, there is a nice walking path that runs along the ocean to La Jolla Cove with beautiful views along the way. I had other things planned for the afternoon so I turned around when I got to the edge of the Cove, if you have more time you might head down to the beach where my guidebook says you can snorkel or head into the La Jolla Caves for a little underground exploration, there is a small admission charge to go in.
Nothing much to do here but shop, shop and shop.
Every year i visit there are more and more shops moving in.
One thing is a must, is to walk along the shore and watch the seals enjoying their life on the beach.
Supposedly this is a nude beach, since it's a pain to get down the hill and the worst to go up.
But everytime i went there the only nude people i saw were guys, hahahahaha. So when we laid out, we had a few guys come up to us and warned us how other guys may be bothering us and they can offer us the protection..... yeah....protection from what? there are beach patrol riding on the sand away.
Also this is a very popular spot for a great surf.
Ok, maybe it's not that interesting. But since i went to school there, i just love going back to San Diego and spending 1/2 a day walking around the campus and inhaling the ocean breeze and smell of eucalyptus trees.
The campus has plenty of modern art scattered all over.
It's a great place to relax, read a book, jog.
One of the nice, known to locals beach is La Jolla Shores.
Of course now that the word got out, the parking is tougher, but still possible to find.
You can lay out, read a book, job, set up volleyball court, etc.
There are a few nice little places to eat too.
Down the hill, past La Jolla's ritzy homes, hotels, boutiques and restaurants, lies Windansea beach, flanked by surfers and sunbathers on hot summer days. Windansea with its sandstone cliffs, sandy beach and incredible surf breaks, has been a popular surfing haunt as far back as the 1940s and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since the 1960s. The shack on the beach, built by surfers during World War II is now a San Diego Historic site. Windansea is also a great body surfing and snorkeling area. The north end of the beach is fairly rocky and the south is sandier, good for a nice walk along the water's edge. Or, enjoy a picnic in the grass next to the beach and take in the awe-inspiring views of the Pacific.
There are no public restrooms at this beach. Lifeguards are stationed during the summer and on some weekends in the fall and spring. There is no wheelchair access to the beach. Separate swim and surf zones are set up at Windansea. Visit Italian cafe La Terrazza (8008 Girard Avenue) for pasta and salad at a reasonable price. Or, for a first-rate breakfast try Harry's Coffee Shop (7545 Girard Avenue). Breakfast fare includes the usual lineup: pancakes, waffles, eggs and oatmeal.
Insider tips: Windansea is one of the most scenic beaches in Southern California. We don't recommend this beach for children because the surf is often too rough to safely play in. This is one of the only beaches in San Diego that's challenging for skim boarders.
A MUST DO in La Jolla, especially for nature lovers or little kids. Head down to Windansea and the surrounding area (try the very very southernmost part of the cove, right before you hit the residential neighborhood where the houses block the beach view from the street). Go down the stairs to the beach, and walk around in some spectacular tidepools. You'll find all finds of fun creatures here, and make sure you go down at low tide for the best pools and safest situation for the kids. Its also a great place to watch the sunset! Highly recommended!
The best beaches for your typical southern california experience in La Jolla are going to be the Shores and the Cove. Both have bathing possibilities. If you want to surf, lay out with hoardes of people, fly a kite, have a bonfire, or just feel like you're living the southern california life, head to the shores. There's a nice grassy park there and the beach is very big with ample space to lay out.
If you want a more relaxed, less standard beach experience, head to the Cove. There's also a lot of grassy park space, but the beaches are smaller and harder to get to, surrounded by rocky cliffs. Most have stairs that go down to them, and it's a more beautiful area, but the roughness of the water varies, and it's not your typical stretch of white sand kind of beach. It also attracts a bit classier of a crowd being on the edge of downtown La Jolla.
Kayaking in La Jolla with San Diego Bike & Kayak Tours is awesome! Their tour guides are so knowledgable and they get out of their kayaks to take you into the Caves!! We saw sea lions and the Garibaldi, the Calif. state fish. The kayak tour was a blast and you can choose double kayaks or single kayaks. Kids 6 and under are welcome. Or, just rent one of the super stable kayaks and explore the Ecological Reserve on your own.
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