San Diego Travel

To Do In San Diego: Explore La Jolla’s Tide Pools and Children’s Pool

photo: Flickr, jonlclark


As a San Diego native, I can totally vouch that there are a ton of fun things to do in San Diego. There are plenty of San Diego attractions, the San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park, Wild Animal Park, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, plenty of museums, Historic Balboa Park, and so many more. These are great, but often cost a pretty penny.

One of the most popular things to do in San Diego is pay a visit to any of the San Diego beaches. They are beautiful, free, and a great place to enjoy the weather in San Diego, some quiet time, or some swimming and sand castle building!

One of the top San Diego beach destinations is the La Jolla area. Along the coastline, you can hang at La Jolla Shores, do a little seal watching at the Children’s Pool, and explore natural marine life at the tide pools. When you visit San Diego, the tide pools are a must see!

Here are a few shots from one of our visits to the tide pools in La Jolla…

MJ and I, exploring…



A few sea urchins in a little hole between the rocks.



These live and swimming shrimp will have to wait until the tide comes back in to get out of here!



This rock was completely covered in live muscles. You can barely see that it’s a rock!



A couple of hermit crabs we found. Don’t worry, we put them back.



My little tide pool explorer…



Looking out at the ocean…


So , you want to know what to do in San Diego? HELLO! Have you been reading?  When you visit San Diego, you must see the tide pools! There are plenty of tide pool animals, birds, seals,underwater plants and other sea life. You can check to see when the tide is in/out here, it would totally suck to go there when the tide is in and everything is under water!

A few tips: Don’t get too close to the edge, there are cliffs in many areas and it would be quite painful if you fell into the water where there are a bunch of rocks below. Also, this are is super rocky, some of which are unsturdy, and can be slippery when wet! If you see green mossy looking grass in any area, DON’T step on it! You’ll slip for sure.


Have fun on your San Diego vacation!


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  • The La Jolla Shores in San Diego looks like a fun place to visit! I haven’t seen it mentioned by many other people as a top place to visit, but I’ll definitely be adding it to my list. Thanks for sharing!

  • I absolutely adore The Children’s Pool! Took the kids the other weekend to just sit and watch. Best part was the kids getting to see mommy seals nurse their babies. The kids thought that was amazing because they’re like me & their baby brother lol

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