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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #13 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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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Nice place to take the kids to see sea lions in their natural habitat. Nice views of the coast and Hecta Head Lighthouse too. Before you pay to go down the 200 foot elevator to see the sea lions, check out the live feed video camera playing in the store so you can see if they are in the cave... More

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Meridian, ID
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The four of us rolled in right after the Seal Lion Caves opened...weather was gorgeous. We were greeted by an enthusiastic gentleman who we assumed was the manager or maybe owner. Full of life and laughter..genuinely seemed to love being there. After finding out we were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday the next day he let him in free! What... More

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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We loved the way they built the attraction in the caves but still made sure to give the sea lions their space. They were really neat to see and it was cool to learn about all of the different species of seals. Definitely a must see if your driving by or in the area!

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Cairns, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting place, not a great deal to see so perhaps quite expensive for a family to visit. Bit over run with tourists when we went.

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

Thank you for taking the time to wire about your experience at Sea Lion Caves. We value every visitor’s comments. Our pricing is actually very affordable for a family. Our adult price is $14.00; Seniors are $13.00; Children 5 to 12 are $8.00; and Children under 4 are Free. Parking is also Free at Sea Lion Caves. If you compare... More

Fort Lewis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Loved seeing the sea lions in their natural habitat instead of a zoo/aquarium. It was a quick trip, but interesting! Worth the stop!!!

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eugene
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Smelly and noisy but worth it!! Always crowded with sea lions, our whole family loves it and it is a great place to take pictures

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Veneta, Oregon
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Be sure you take the ride down.. the gift shop is delightful but getting into the caves is enchanting. On warm days it may be filled with sea lions- the air gets a bit full of wild animal smells so be prepared. It is a terrific place to go and watch the families on the rocks.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful day and the sealions were in the caves. The only thing we did not like was the price to go down to see them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The cave was beautiful and amazing...even without an appearance by the sea lions! We visited late afternoon on an October day and had the place virtually to ourselves. For a long time, we stood and listened to the surf roar in and out of the cave and crash against the rocks. Visitors also get a unique view if the lighthouse... More

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Fort Langley, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Considering that Sea Lions can be seen in the wild and in their natural environment along the coast and in Astoria throughout the year we found the admission price a bit steep. As a couple we did it but if we had a family I'm not sure we would have bothered.

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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 a review about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. We think when you add up all the extras, you’ll see that Sea Lion Caves has a very “family friendly” price policy. Parking is always Free at Sea Lion Caves. Adults are $14.00; Seniors are $13.00; Children 5 to 12 are $8.00... More

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