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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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The sea lion caves was an okay place to visit. Of course , there were a bunch of sea lions relaxing. The admission was not expensive. You view the sea lions from a distance. And there were lots of sea lions resting in the cave. No flash photography is allowed. The gift shop has lots of goodies.

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Port Angeles, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We can't seem to drive down the coast without stopping at the caves. It's always a thrill for our young grandkids to visit the sea lions! There were not as many in the caves this trip, but it was fun just the same. Everyone needs to see them at least once!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Took the kids to see the caverns - it was ok. An experience for the kids to actually see a sea lions natural habitat than in a tank in a aquarium. Make sure you spend time at the look out points as well - once you've seen the caves there is not much else to do.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here. There are several lookout points on the cliffs. The cave is really cool and kind of surprisingly. Definitely worth the stop.

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Silverdale, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I guess I went during the wrong month (August), because I saw maybe 20 sea lions, and for the price of admission, it was extremely disappointing. Don't expect to spend more than a half hour there, if that.

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Lemont, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

It is what it is. A place to appease the kids. Overpriced, with the typical gift shop. But you know what you're getting. There's one screen to see into the cave thru. So hopefully you can get a place to stand/see. Not sure it was worth $14/adult, but whatever.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

I loved seeing Sea Lions, but I recommend everyone needs to be prepared for the smell. After going down 280 ft into the caves you will walk into the caves where you will be faced with the smell of 100s of sea lions. Make sure to visit the caves as well as the lookout.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My wife, son (8) and I toured the sea lion caves in July 2014. It was a cool, but a bit on the expensive side. It was super unique and we were glad that we stopped to tour the cave and outdoor viewing area.

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Casselberry, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were there in June and there were some sea lions in the cave. There were some pups and nursing moms, and some pregnant moms. It is an impressive grotto. We were able to get a $1 off admission on our mobile phones, so we saved a few dollars. The fudge in the fudge shop was delicious....especially the marionberry, and... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I visited Sea Lion Caves as a kid over 30 years ago with my parents. This trip was a return for me but this time with my kids ages 9 and 12. It felt like I was just there yesterday as it has not changed at all from what I remember. It was still just as amazing now as it... More

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