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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #13 of 16 attractions in Florence
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a... more » Owner description: Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932 preserving and protecting the wildlife under our care. We are open 363 days a year only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day. Our normal hours of operation are 9 am until dusk year round. We are not a zoo and the animals are free to come and go as they please. The sea lions can usually be found at either of four locations on the property; in the Cave, in the water, at the Lookout/rockery, and on other nearby rock ledges. HOWEVER, THE SEA LIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THE CAVE OR MAY BE MIGRATING OUT OF AREA - THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS AND COME AND GO AS THE PLEASE. CALL AHEAD FOR INFORMATION. Self-guided are the rule, but guided tours are available. « less
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Marietta, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

My last visit to the Sea Lion caves was about 62 years ago. I wanted to take my wife there to show her one of the highlights of my childhood. I was pleased to see that a elevator has been added since I was there last.

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Chatsworth, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The caves were awesome to admire. Ubelievable place to see wild sea lions. The privately owned establishment is well maintained. The walkways are all paved. Cute gift shop. Free fudge tastings. The view is beautiful. Well worth the admission of 14 Dollars.

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Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to Oregon, we travelled to the Sea Lions Caves near Florence, OR. WHAT A TREAT! We loved observing the sea lions in their own habitat. The views were spectacular - even with the intermittent rain and clouds.

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Atlanta
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

It's worth the price of admission to see the ocean views from this location! The staff in the store is very helpful and so nice. It's actually an extremely small area for people to see the sea lions, so it's probably not a good idea to stop when busy. That being said, it's a sight you can never imagine to... More

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Sydney Australia
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354 reviews 354 reviews
197 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We had every intention of stopping at the Caves but as luck would have it we pulled into a view point exactly 1/4 mile north of the caves. I was standing there admiring the view when I heard what I thought was a dog bark ?? I looked over the edge and there were dozens of Sea Lions below on... More

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Florence, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

sea Lion caves is a bit of a tourist trap but the spectacular views and a chance to see stellar sea lions in their own habitat more than over comes that.

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Kirkland, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

What an amazing sight! Go here for sure! We were drawn in by the intrigue of it, but soon realized that this was a once in a life time experience. Highly recommend!

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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Great place to take the kids, easy stroll down to the elev.....there were about 200 seals in the cave during our visit. Price was fair and like I said the kids loved it.....

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Kennewick, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Not sure what I was expecting, but for the cost maybe a little more. It was neat seeing the sealions on the rocks, but never did see any whales. If you have time to kill I would recommend but if it's between doing this or doing a buggy ride, I'm saying buggy ride.

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Helena, Montana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I have been to this attraction more times than I can count- and I'm always amazed by it. The gift shop is also pretty awesome. Just be sure to dress for the weather- the day we were there was insanely windy and rainy, and it gets pretty chilly in that cave!

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