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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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My husband went and really enjoyed the experience. However, not being able to walk far distances and on inclines I had to stay behind. I didn't mind at all because they have a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My husband went and really enjoyed the experience. However, not being able to walk far distances and on inclines I had to stay behind. I didn't mind at all because they have a really nice gift shop and great employees who like to visit as much as I do. It would be nice if they had a few electric scooters... More 

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Chico, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

...the sea lions were not in the caves. They were on a rock ledge far below the gift shop. Easy to see, smell and here, but I'm not sure that we didn't see more sea lions -- for free -- near downtown Newport. And those you can get very close to. Very expensive for what it offers, but hard to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I always wanted to stop by this place when I heard about it five years ago and we had done that yesterday. There's parking next to the building or across and it's free. It cost $13 per person to go down and check the Sea Lions. My teenage son said it smells but what do you expect, it's a cave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We saw 100s of sea lions and cormorants. A good place to watch for whales although we were not able to spot any. Very nice facilities. An elevator takes you down 180 feet to the cave. Well worth the$13 for seniors.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Depending on the time of year, sea lions may not be crammed into the cave as they are in other times of the year, but the cave itself is astounding, and worth the money and the elevator trip down into the cavern to see it and walk around. When the sea lions ARE home, the barking echoes and is really... More 

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Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We visited the caves in early May while on the Oregon Coast. The RV parking is adequate but you take your life in your hands crossing the road from the parking area to the entrance. The price was a bit high for the attraction. At this time of year we only spotted 5 sea lions in the caves.

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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 have RV parking and all parking is Free at Sea Lion Caves. America’s largest natural sea cave formed in this very unique place millions of years ago. Engineers built Highway 101 around this attraction. Guests should always take precautions... More 

Sedona, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Just the smell was a "MAJOR" turnoff. Parking is free & great views of the ocean. Overpriced, everything is geared toward the tourists dollar. If they could sell toilet paper stamped sea lion caves they would. Take the kids to the zoo

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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. As we are an all-natural wildlife sanctuary, non of the animals are held in captivity and are free to come and go as they please. It is a unique and rare opportunity to see wildlife in their natural environment, unrestricted and exactly as nature intended it.... More 

Tucson
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We often enjoy our tourist traps and did here.. The cost was 13 dollars for seniors 14 for adults and it really is only a 30 minute stop...You go down and elevator to a see lion cave and it is very odorous...They are also out on cliffs...Fun to see them and some birds flying around. There is quite a grade... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The sea lions cave is located right off the road with free parking and from the building, great views of the ocean and the surrounding hillsides. The admission is a little pricey and to reach the elevator requires a good climb back up to the building. The staff is very friendly and easy to talk to.

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Langley, BC
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55 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The sea lion caves were one of the highlights of our trip. Although admission is a little pricey, it is definitely worth it. There were hundreds of sea lions in the cave, all "singing" while the waves crashed around. It was so peaceful and soothing. Had it not been for the smell, I could have stayed in there for hours.... More 

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