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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #15 of 17 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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Seguin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Most of the hotter months the seal's are out of the cave.. I will say!! The lady at the check in made it very clear that you may not see any! With out saying it... TIP!!! Look at the TV monitor in the gift shop.. Its a web can of the cave... You can clearly see if there are any... More

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Washington
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25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We visited the Sea Lion Caves, paid the admission and did the (rather frightening) elevator ride to find one lonely Sea Lion in the cave. Our guide said there are times when no sea lions are visiting. It was not worth the price for just an elevator ride.

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University Place, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Though I couldn't descend into the cave due to elevator repair, I was able to stroll the observation area. Armed with my binoculars, I was thrilled to spot several seals. An added plus was the fantastic view of Hectre Head Lighthouse!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a perfect rest stop when traveling the OR Coast. It is a little expensive, but worth seeing. A close up view of sea lions from a high cliff or inside sea cave. You can hear the sea Lion sounds and watch them basking in sun on the rocks below. Some steep walkways to cliff viewing,binoculars provided free. An... More

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Marysville, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The cave was still lovely... but there was no one home. As we were purchasing our tickets the gal at the register was talking to a different gal about that the sea lions being out to see feeding until december... would have been nice to know before we spent a fist full of dollars :)

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice attraction for children if you see sea lions. We unfortunately didn't see any because when we came they were at sea and not in the cave.. The administration told us before we enter the place about the status and even offer free entrance for a year because of that. (very nice of them) I will... More

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Westerville, Ohio
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Meh. Pricey and not a candidate for a second visit. It is especially annoying that after a generous admission fee they have the audacity to charge for the telescopes to best see the sea lions.

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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. We appreciate every customers comments. We think when you add up all the extras you get at Sea Lion Caves that our price of admission is some of the most affordable you will find and we think offers one of the best values in... More

Auburn, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We tried to visit the Sea Lion Caves but were told the caves were not inhabited during our visit. We found the sea lions later down in historic Newport Beach lazing on the docks.

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Temple City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Make sure to check in the store if there are sea lions in the cave. There were not any when we went and the store personnel were quite open about it. It was a great place to stop, stretch our legs and look out at the Pacific Ocean with a bag of just popped popcorn.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We wanted to see sea lions and stopped. We need up parking south in a turnout area, and walking against highway 101 traffic. When we got there a gentleman in the park told us there was one seal in the cave, and that it would cost admittance to just walk down the trail. We went inside anyway; the cashier was... More

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

Thank you for taking time to write your recent stop at Sea Lion Caves. We are sorry that you decided not to enjoy the Sea Lion Caves experience. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve all sea lions are free to come and go as they please. None are held in captivity. There are times of year that the cave... More

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