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Sea Lion Caves

Address: 91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
Phone Number: 541 547 3111
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Ranked #11 of 14 Attractions in Florence
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is an overpriced tourist trap that I do not recommend. It is a sticky cave with sea lions in it. There are sea lion all along the Oregon Coast so pass this one by save your money. Drive about 50 miles north to Newport Oregon and there are sea lions in Old Town that are hilarious. They are right... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

I have been here twice now in about a six year period, and must have been lucky with the seasons because it is always packed with sea lions. This is a very unique opportunity to see something in a very different perspective than you normally would. The place is surrounded by beauty and while yes the seals are stinky it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

It was easy to find, with convienant parking. Be aware the cave is a beautiful natural wonder, however the sea and sealions do generate a smell that will make your eyes water

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Florence, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Does it smell? Of course it does, it's a Sea Lions cave after all! A great view from both inside the cave and the outside platform. Everyone should go at leat once.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Watch the time of year you plan to visit here if this is a must on your itinerary. The staff member told us that there were no sea lions in the caves but we could pay, see the vacant caves, and we could come back and not have to pay next time. This didn't sound appealing. We did appreciate their... 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. While we agree that having Sea Lions in our cave is certainly a bonus, we feel that viewing America’s Largest Sea Cave is certainly one of the highlights of each visit, if not the main highlight. The cave formation began about 25 million years... More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

This is truly an amazing experience. We visited in early Jan 2015 when there were very few other visitors and probably close to 200 sea lions in the cave - sleeping, swimming, playing, teaching their babies. They were mesmerizing to watch. The viewing platform is great and respects the wild nature of the animals and the need to protect their... More 

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I was in awe of the size of the cave and the number of sea lions in the cave. I know this has nothing to do with the company . Its all about nature. Sea lion caves does have very informative literature and signage about the cave . The elevator is pretty neat with the backward numbering system and placing... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

False Advertising would be my main complaint. The day we visited, the sea lions were not in residence. We were told they were "out to sea" doing what sea lions do. Come winter, they would be in the caves. Granted, hindsight being the great teacher it is, we should have called I guess to see if the sea lions were... More 

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

Thank you for writing about your visit to Sea Lion Caves. As our website indicates very clearly on the About Us page: “Sea Lion Caves is America's largest sea cave and the year-round home of the Steller sea lion, but sea lions are not always in the Cave. They are wild animals and we are not a zoo so these... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was my third visit to the Sea Lion Caves in the last 6 or 7 years. The cave is used seasonally and you may or may not see sea lions. We were in luck on Dec 28th! There were only a few people visiting so parking was not an issue nor were there many people in the cave. There... More 

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

never seen sea lions before didn't know what to expect. Went down into the cave and the stench was horrific. But did get to see a lot of sea lions. Not sure if I would pay to go down there again.

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