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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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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West Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

How often will you see a 200 foot tall sea cave full of over a hundred sea lions? Exactly. Do it once, enjoy the experience as a once in a lifetime experience and onward you go.

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Winchester, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Classic tourist kitsch! I loved it despite the hype and rather high price of admission ($14 per person) down to the sea lion cave. It's an unusual place and a great place to pick up souvenirs :)

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

That pretty much covers it - you descend via an old elevator into a shadowy tunnel through the rocky ocean cliffside, and make your way to a viewing area from which you can observe a huge, milling, playing, sleeping, eating mass of Sea Lions. That's it - but believe me, it's worth it. This place is the very essence of... More

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Florence, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

One of my "must see" destinations to take first-time visitors to. Priced reasonably, accessible for handicapped because of elevator down to the cave. Staff honest about whether the sea lions are in the cave or out feeding and not visible before you pay. Lots of user friendly teaching material about sea mammals available in the cave. The smell may get... More

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sponge rocks, florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

At 18.00/adult I was expecting some sort of tour. But it was just a quick movie and then a view down into the caves. Yes the staff were friendly and asked if we had any questions. But I thought we paid too much for what we got. Not recommended.

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. While we certainly appreciate your comments, we feel that our value offered to pricing is better than similar venues anywhere in the world. Your paid admission includes parking and unlimited access to this rare undisturbed natural part of our environment. Our... More

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