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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
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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duvall
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Seems like they would do some upgrading on this place, we still go there, but it has become pretty run-down.

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Oviedo, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyable to watch the sea lions in their natural surrounds, but it is very stinky when you get up close to the viewing area. Nice but don't plan on breathing much.

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Kent, Washington
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It would have been more exciting if it had been full of sea lions, but apparently in September they are out stuffing themselves on salmon. Missed the stink and noise that I remember from my childhood trip, but the cave was still worth the fee for my kids.

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San Marcos, California
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42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Interesting if you hit it at the right time. The Sea Lions come into the caves to rest and get out of the crashing waves, but the animals decide when they come in. Have been there when there are many and very few. If there has not been a recent set of heavy waves, the caves can take on a... More

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Everywhere, Man
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12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were in the parking lot September 17th, ready to pay $12 each to see the sea lions as the brochure we picked up said the lions are there "in the fall". We saw an employee sweeping in the parking lot and he told us the seals aren't there until December! He saved us a lot of money and disappointment.... More

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Graham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

If you are truly concerned with catching a view of the sea lions, make sure you hit this for the winter- early spring time. I personally like it more when they are not in the cave because from my memory of visiting when I was a kid, it stinks for miles! The lady made sure we were fully aware that... More

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Billings, Montana
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I never got to go here as a kid when we lived in Oregon and wanted to finally see it. When I arrived they were telling people that the Sea Lions were not in the cave but you could get a rain check good for a year. Considering that the last time I was in the area was 34 years... 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 a review. Unfortunately you did not get to enjoy our attraction and actually see for yourself all that Sea Lion Caves has to offer. We think that just the cave experience itself is worth the price of admission. Did you know that Sea Lion Caves is home of America’s largest naturally formed... More

Orlando, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Great attraction on the Oregon coast. A must see if you have never been. Great views and very educational for the whole family. A great time for everyone.

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Puyallup, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We showed up at the Sea Lion Caves only to discover that the Sea Lions are at sea gorging on food for the winter. None the less, it was a beautiful day to tour through the caves and get pictures of the coast. We were given a "rain check" should we return this winter to see the Sea Lions in... More

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Seattle, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We stopped in right before closing only to find out the sea lions were feeding, which meant there were no sea lions in the cave. They said they had lowered their prices accordingly, and that included a free return anytime in the next year. So basically, we would have to pay $12 per person to see an empty cave. CALL... More

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

Thank you for taking time to write about your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves. As you stated, we tell all visitors if we have a limited number of sea lions in the cave. As we are an all natural wildlife preserve, the animals are free to come and go as they please and live in their natural habitat. Every... More

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