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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #15 of 18 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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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Great opportunity to see sea lions in their natural habitat. They are loud and fun to watch...also have a unique, natural smell! Totally worth the time.

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Sultan, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We loved visiting the Sea Lion Caves again after 28+ years. We made the trip on our honeymoon 28 years ago and had finally returned. Love visiting the caves!

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Portland, Oregon
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21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My mistake here was making this a destination spot when it was almost 4 hours from home. The Sea Lion Caves are not a destimation spot. If you have any handicapped people in your party, I wouldn't even consider this one; there's a lot of uphill walking and stairs. Overall, the attraction is well maintained and interesting, but a 4... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. Here are some comments from other contributors that shared their Sea Lion Caves experience. ”The ride down the elevator was a fun experience for kids. The view inside the cave is amazing. It’s waves splashing against the large rocks that are on the bottom... More

Mesa, Arizona
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36 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

What we didn't know was, the seals hardly stay in the cave during this time. The gift store was nice and you can look at all of the historic pictures on the walls.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. As you are probably aware, Sea Lion Caves is a natural wildlife sanctuary. None of the sea lions are held in captivity and all are free to come and go as they please. We are grateful that we are able to protect this natural... More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Pros: the popcorn was really good and the staff were really friendly and informative. Cons: sea lions weren't there (price dropped to $12). Cave didn't really impress either of us. It irritates me when the two us pay $24 to go in and can't use the binoculars because we didn't bring a bunch of quarters. This should have been $5... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. As you mentioned, we do offer a reduced price with a 12 month return visit at no charge, for all members of your party, if we have a limited number of sea lions in the cave. We truly feel that Sea Lion Caves offers... More

Kamloops, BC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We stopped in on October 2. The cashier was informing everyone that the sea lions were not in the cave this time of year, therefore fees were reduced and included rain checks. We decided not to go down to the cave, but spent a lot of time in the awesome gift shop, and looking at photos and memorabilia. The homemade... More

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duvall
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Seems like they would do some upgrading on this place, we still go there, but it has become pretty run-down.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit in May. While we appreciate constructive criticism, we are certainly not aware of any conditions that warrants this comment. We make annual upgrades to our facility and our staff takes great pride keeping our facility as spotless as we can. Here are some comments from TripAdvisor visitors that visited... More

Oviedo, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Enjoyable to watch the sea lions in their natural surrounds, but it is very stinky when you get up close to the viewing area. Nice but don't plan on breathing much.

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Kent, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It would have been more exciting if it had been full of sea lions, but apparently in September they are out stuffing themselves on salmon. Missed the stink and noise that I remember from my childhood trip, but the cave was still worth the fee for my kids.

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San Marcos, California
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Interesting if you hit it at the right time. The Sea Lions come into the caves to rest and get out of the crashing waves, but the animals decide when they come in. Have been there when there are many and very few. If there has not been a recent set of heavy waves, the caves can take on a... More

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