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Address: 91560 Highway 101 North, Florence, OR 97439
Phone Number: 541 547 3111
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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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Unique and quite the sight to see!

The sea lion caves are truly unique and interesting to watch . Prices are a little spendy but you gotta do it at least once in your life! So take the kids for a fun adventure and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
tejae_12
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Salt Lake City
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118 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I mean you get to go down in the cave and look at all these ridiculous creatures! It's amazing. I've done this as a kid, and now twice as an adult, and will do it every chance I get when I visit Oregon! Birders will enjoy the close looks at Western Gulls, cormorants, and sparrows in the above ground section!

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Southern Oregon
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sea lion caves are truly unique and interesting to watch . Prices are a little spendy but you gotta do it at least once in your life! So take the kids for a fun adventure and enjoy the experience!

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Killeen, TX
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I definitely would not miss this attraction. Yes, it's some climbing and a long elevator ride, however once there in the cave, the minute the first sea lion comes into view you'll forget how you got there. The seal's were having the most fun. Some catching waves just as they entered the cave, while others stayed in little "cubby holes"... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of people complain this place is an overpriced tourist trap. I guess for them the idea of shelling out $14 to go see a big cave and some animals in their natural habitat is a bit too steep to stomach. If I had kids I would take them here and perhaps they'll learn a thing or two about... More 

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Florence, Oregon
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here several times with my kids and visiting friends/family. It's an elevator ride 200 feet down into the caves where the sea lions live and sleep. If it's a sunny day you can find them out on the rocks sunbathing. It's a bit smelly,but the cave is interesting. There is also a gift shop for souveniers.

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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cave was so dark it was so hard to see the sea lions. It was smelly (which added to the authenticity). :o) We love wildlife, so this was a must see for our family. Just wished it wasn't so expensive to ride the elevator down. We spent a couple hours here, however. The gift shop could use an update!

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Florence, Oregon, United States
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and her husband along with my granddaughter and myself visited the Sea Lion Caves it was interesting the cave had only a couple sea lions, the majority were outside near the south walkway. I recommend binoculars or a camera with zoom as it was hard to see otherwise. It's a great travel destination if you like sea lions.... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

But we loved it. We are definitely off the beaten path type of travellers, but LOVE sea life so we thought what the heck. Definitely worth it. The smell wasn't that bad, ya go nose blind pretty quick, the noise wasn't deafening, actually kind of soothing and musical at points. The trip back up is steep but doable. Pricey at... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Definitely a tourist spot, but actually I don't mind them capitalizing on it! The fee is pricey, but you don't actually have to pay if you would just like to hike down a path you can view the sea lions on the beach for free, although you can't get that close. If you make the trip there, I'd suggest spending... More 

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Thank urban_girlie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

I am so glad I did this. We went at high tide. The cave was quite full. The roaring to each other cant be described. It is dark so give your phone time to adjust to the lighting before shooting the picture. My videos turned out the best. It is cool to see these creatures in their natural habitat!

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