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Address: 91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
Phone Number: 541 547 3111
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where...
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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Nice, but no sea lions

Apparently, the sea lions are only there a few months out of the year. We were warned that there weren't any there at this time, but we wanted to checkout the cave anyway. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

They should not tell me I may see some sea lion's if they are none there. They are going to say they have no way of knowing but there is a person down there with a phone. So don't act innocent because you know what you are doing. Just say there are no sea lion's downs there at this time... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Apparently, the sea lions are only there a few months out of the year. We were warned that there weren't any there at this time, but we wanted to checkout the cave anyway. The facility is very cool. You walk down to an elevator that takes you down inside the cliffside over 100 feet and into the cave. They say... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

I fill the place is over priced and stinks don't wast ur money and porely lighted really think it's a wast of time and money

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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Don't waste your time or money on this joke of an attraction. My guide book warned that this was a tourist trap, but, every tourist brochure we saw upon landing in Portland raved about this attraction. Here is what the pretty brochures don't tell you. Even if there are sea lions present, which there weren't when we visited, you will... More 

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Tofino, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Sea Lions in a cave ... that pretty much sums it up. A very cool experience. These lions are smart ... get out of the rain and wind, yet have access to the ocean environment ! A great attraction !

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The sea lions are not always in the cave. Depends on the month. The cave may be worth it if you're willing to spend $12. I've seen them in other places so we opted out. We did buy some fudge in the gift shop. It was very good. Easier to see Sea Lions in Newport right behind one of the... More 

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

Thanks for writing a review about Sea Lion Caves. We think if you would have experienced Sea Lion Caves yourself that the overall experience would have exceeded your expectations. Sea Lion Caves is more than sea lions. Seeing America’s largest naturally formed sea cave, that formed over 25 million years ago, is another of the highlights of the visit. The... More 

Lincoln, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We did not pay the fee to visit. Appeared to be over charge for elevator ride down to ocean. Also very bad stench did not think we should expose our selves.

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

Thank you for your recent review. We think that if you would have visited the Cave and experienced all that The Cave has to offer your opinion may have been different. Seeing America’s largest naturally formed sea cave, formed over 25 million years ago, and this all natural wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary is truly a one of a kind... More 

Reading, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

The price for admission was reduced a dollar because this is not the season when the sea lions are in the cave. We were told there was no guarantee we would see sea lions. Well we did not. We did see the cave and a 6 minute movie about the cave. Also they did tell us to keep our receipt... More 

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. As you mentioned, we do tell all visitors before purchasing a ticket if we have a limited number of sea lions in the cave. Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. Because all the animals are free to come and go as they please, there are times of the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

They warned us there wouldn't be sea lions in the cave this time of year, and gave us a small discount on our admission, but we had no idea how lame this would be. A complete waste.

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

Thanks for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary, none of our animals are held in captivity and all are free to come and go as they please. For that reason there are times of year that we could have a limited number of sea lions in the Cave. It is our policy... More 

Carson City, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Been there 3 times, 1st in 1967, then in 1986, & this last June. The gift shop is the best, lot's to choose from, & the staff, very friendly!!!!! Had a dab of fun with a man who may have been a n manager or even owner, when I popped in with my SLC sweatshirt on!!!!!! The cave experience is... More 

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