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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #15 of 18 Attractions in Florence
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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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oregon
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

It is kind of expensive, the caves are very stinky but I think everyone should go once. As I do not think you can go into a cave like this anywhere else to see sea lions.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was an interesting thing to see. The elevator down to the caves was pretty cool. Overall worth doing, but this attraction is overpriced.

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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. Maintaining America’s largest sea cave and an all-natural sanctuary and wildlife preserve is very costly to say the least. We keep our prices well under what most family attractions charge on the West coast. We think when you add up the total spending at... More

Ripon, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a been there done that kind of place. The kids liked it but I don't think its work the money. Take a elevator down in the cave, see the sea lions, take elevator back up and that's it.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. We think when you compare our pricing to similar attractions, you’ll find that when you add it all up Sea Lion Caves is one of the lowest priced attractions on the west coast. Parking is always Free at Sea Lion Caves. Adults are $12.00 each... More

Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My wife and I stopped here on our vacation in October so the Sea Lions were gone but that was OK still interesting to go into the cave got some great pics of the epic waves totally worth the trip. plan to return.

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Kent, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Great opportunity to see sea lions in their natural habitat. They are loud and fun to watch...also have a unique, natural smell! Totally worth the time.

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Sultan, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We loved visiting the Sea Lion Caves again after 28+ years. We made the trip on our honeymoon 28 years ago and had finally returned. Love visiting the caves!

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Portland, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My mistake here was making this a destination spot when it was almost 4 hours from home. The Sea Lion Caves are not a destimation spot. If you have any handicapped people in your party, I wouldn't even consider this one; there's a lot of uphill walking and stairs. Overall, the attraction is well maintained and interesting, but a 4... More

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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. Here are some comments from other contributors that shared their Sea Lion Caves experience. ”The ride down the elevator was a fun experience for kids. The view inside the cave is amazing. It’s waves splashing against the large rocks that are on the bottom... More

Mesa, Arizona
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

What we didn't know was, the seals hardly stay in the cave during this time. The gift store was nice and you can look at all of the historic pictures on the walls.

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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. As you are probably aware, Sea Lion Caves is a natural wildlife sanctuary. None of the sea lions are held in captivity and all are free to come and go as they please. We are grateful that we are able to protect this natural... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Pros: the popcorn was really good and the staff were really friendly and informative. Cons: sea lions weren't there (price dropped to $12). Cave didn't really impress either of us. It irritates me when the two us pay $24 to go in and can't use the binoculars because we didn't bring a bunch of quarters. This should have been $5... More

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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. As you mentioned, we do offer a reduced price with a 12 month return visit at no charge, for all members of your party, if we have a limited number of sea lions in the cave. We truly feel that Sea Lion Caves offers... More

Kamloops, BC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We stopped in on October 2. The cashier was informing everyone that the sea lions were not in the cave this time of year, therefore fees were reduced and included rain checks. We decided not to go down to the cave, but spent a lot of time in the awesome gift shop, and looking at photos and memorabilia. The homemade... More

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