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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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Spendy but interesting

This is definitely one of those do once type places. It was very cool to go down into the caves and see all the sea lions, they even had a few skeletons to see. It was very best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Deep Blue Sea
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wow! If you're on the Oregon Coast, stop here!!! The Elevator zooms you down over 200-feet into the world’s largest and most spectacular sea cave! Dark caverns take you in to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

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Richland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is definitely one of those do once type places. It was very cool to go down into the caves and see all the sea lions, they even had a few skeletons to see. It was very best to hear them before at each other and there were plenty of then to look at! Our family of 4 (2 adults... More 

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Oregon
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We thought this was pretty expensive. Took our two grandsons, ages 5and 6, along with our senior rate, was $41. Grandkids loved it.

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Tacoma, Washington
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35 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I can't believe something like this exists! It is a beautiful naturally created cave with more sea lions than you can count! I've heard people say it stinks but I don't think that it did. If you are in the military you can get a discount on tickets AND a free popcorn for each member in your immediate family. Just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Our family stopped here and it was just amazing. Great view of the light house, tons of sea lions and the cave is pretty cool! Highly recommend.

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A beautiful, educational, and fun place to stop at!! Price was a little high, but well worth it as it was a great experience and the money goes to maintaining the site, etc. We went early in the morning and it was VERY foggy, but the lady said that was good because the sea lions were inside. You take an... More 

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

While this is a privately owned establishment, they have done a terrific job securing this site for the sea lions. There are two main spots to view the sea lions. There is an elevator which takes you down to the cave. When were were there there were 100's of sea lions in the cave. Quite fascinating to watch them all... More 

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Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

this place was so amazing. I have been going every year since i was born! the memories and the sea lions we got to see in there natural habitat, it was AMAZING. will keep going :)

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New Westminster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Love this place, the sea lions and seals are amazing. If you want to go you can see on webcam if the sea lions are around, so you don't have to pay first, unlike whale watching when they cannot guarantee sightings. It is an incredible way to see these creatures in their natural habitat without disturbing them.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Went here last year...did see sea lions....but the place stinks... a bit expensive and not much to see/seeI hate the smell...however the place offers an amazing ocean view

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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. We too think our views are some of the most amazing on the entire west coast. We also believe that when you add up all the extras at Sea Lion Caves our overall value is also a winner. Seeing America’s largest naturally formed sea cave;... More 

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