Whale watch with the kiddos may be on your bucket list, but an afternoon on a boat with them is another matter entirely. You can enjoy the fun of whale watching without the sea sickness at the Point Loma Whale Watching point. Here kids can climb on a whale statue (rangers show you where to look) and explore the sea creatures and anemonies up close at the tide pools. Here’s your insider’s guide to this fun winter San DIego activity.

whale_statuePhoto Credit: Cabrillo National Monument Facebook page

A Whale of a Time
Whales migrate during the winter, which is why you want to catch them now. It’s a short walk to the viewpoint (just the right amount to release that kid-energy). Your little explorers can check out the lighthouse at the top and see how the family lived. Then scramble up to spot some spouts and fins!

Insider’s Tip: The path is concrete so it’s ok to bring a stroller.

btidepoolPhoto credit: Monique Walsh

Your Friends and Anemones
Once you’ve spotted a few whales, grab some snacks and the little adventurers and take off down the short path to the tide pools. Look between the craggy rocks and your shore to see some little crabs nestled in the crevices. Little explorers can expect to find anemones, starfish, hermit crabs and other fun creatures.

Insider’s Tip: Check the tide pool chart for the low tide. February is one of the best months for low tides during daylight hours.

junior_ranger Photo credit: Cabrillo Monument Website

Become a Junior Ranger
Head to the ranger station where you can watch a short whale video. Then ask a park ranger for the “Just for Kids” newspaper. This fun publication helps kids learn about tide pools and sea creatures. Once they’ve completing the challenge (don’t worry — it’s pretty easy), they are rewarded with a junior ranger badge. A feeling of calm in the air, the kids are ready for their nap (they should sleep like babies). You are revived (the views and sea air have done some good) and it’s time to call it a day at Cabrillo National Monument!

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
Online: nps.gov/cabr

Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (exception of some holidays)
Cost: $5 entrance fee

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Have you taken the kiddos whale watching or visited this Point Loma spot? Tell us about your experience in the Comments!

— Monique Walsh