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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #9 of 10 Attractions in Florence
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Palm Coast, Florida
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280 reviews 280 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately the sea lions were not in at the time of our visit. We did see one swimming in the cove and the scenic views were outstanding.

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Moses Lake, Washington
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Absolutely incredible. Literally hundreds of sea lions inside the cave. You take an elevator down inside the cave, and are near these mammals, that look the size of a small car.

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Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We called first and were told the Sea Lions were still out at sea. We passed on paying. We've read that the caves are still neat but not the same without the lions. Check at the look out point between The Caves & Heceta Lighthouse. We found hundreds below us on the rocks and surfing the waves.

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Stevensville, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I had heard about the sea lion caves in a tourism class case study, I felt compelled to see them my self while on a Oregon Coast road trip with my girlfriend. We could hear the sea lions from the highway and had to see them! It was a bit pricey but worth it, $28 for two adults. An elevator... More 

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Sunriver, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Great time of year to avoid the crowds, but not much sea lion activity in the cave. The ticket is good for a year of returns though.

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Florence, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wonderful attraction, we have been several times and enjoy it every time. We will probably go there again this winter.

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Bozeman, Montana
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23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Neat to visit. You ride an elevator down to the cave to view the sea lions. Bring a jacket, can be chilly. Kids loved it. Waves crashing make it noisy, but still enjoyable. Must see.

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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We visited on November 19th and unfortunately the sea lions were not in the cave at the time. We were disappointed but still checked out the cave itself and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Lots of neat information to read and some fantastic views of the coast from the upper viewing area(s). The clerk who sold us our tickets gave us... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We went there mid day and there were no Sea Lions. The staff said they were out feeding. Interesting to see the large sea cave.

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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 to Sea Lion Caves. As we are an all-natural wildlife sanctuary and non of our sea lions are held in captivity and are free to come and go as they please, there are times we have hundreds of sea lions in the cave and times with fewer sea lions... More 

oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

These are pretty awesome mammals - get past their 'aroma' and enjoy the noise and watch them interact~ Lots of good wave action inside too. Well worth it!

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