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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
541 547 3111
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Ranked #15 of 17 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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North Platte, Nebraska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

They were honest and told us the sea lions were not there but said there were other attractions in the cave. Well, there were, but not for the money. They gave us a $1.00 discount and said we could have a raincheck, but we are half way across the country and won't be back. I would have loved to see... More

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

One of the largest natural caves in Oregon but not worth the time or money to view if the Sea Lions aren't there. They do migrate and the ticket seller will tell you if they aren't in residence. When they are it's a stinky experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The concept of the sea lion cave is interesting, but as a tourist attraction it is terrible. There is a nice gift shop, but that's about it. For a VERY steep admission cost, you can visit a crowded (at least during tourist season) dark, wet and smelly underground vantage point from which, through a chain link fence that other tourists... More

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Boise
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

.....the cost for admission is pretty steep. The climb up and down to the elevator is pretty steep. Not that I don't enjoy a challenging climb, but I wish the lady at the counter would have braced us for it. I would have gone to the car to change my shoes! Once down the elevator we arrived in the cave.... More

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Parma Heights, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were here in early September. We went in for tickets and they told us there were no sea lions in the cave, but they will give us a discount on the tickets because it's a cool cave to see. Well, apparently, the person selling tickets never went to a cave other that the one they were working at. The... More

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Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I had always wanted to go to the Sea Lion Caves but had never made the trip to when I happened by it on my way north on Hwy 101, I took the opportunity to stop. Since December to April is the "sea lion season", September did not offer a lot to see in the form of wild life. We... More

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Stopped at the Sea Lion Caves on our way north this summer from California to Washington along the coast. Route 1 is a fantastic way to travel if you like to stop frequently to see the giant rocks in the ocean, lighthouses and beautiful scenery along with the quaint small towns! The caves are a tourist attraction with a history.... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were all ready to see the Sea Lions but once we got inside we were told there were no guarantees in see any Sea Lions as they were all out in the water eating their shares before bedding up for the winter. I asked the attendant if it was just the time of day and she replied it was... 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. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve, everyday and sometimes every hour could change at Sea Lion Caves. We do not hold any of our animals in captivity and all are all free to come and go as they please, so no two guest... More

St. Petersburg, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A little bit claustrophobic going down that elevator. Stinks down in the cave but a magical place. Loved watching the sea lions and listening to them bark!

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Florence, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have been visiting Sea Lion Caves for 18 years now. We had a second home in Florence Oregon...Home was Wisconsin. We moved from Wisconsin to Florence permanently 2 years ago, it was and still is a great destination to take friends and family. The caves are smelly but it is sure to be a great adventure. The views for... More

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