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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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Where the San Francisco Sea-lions Went!

A worthwhile stop. Initially we thought the admission was a bit high but the visit turned out to be well worth it. The cave is astonishing for its size and also the smell. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A worthwhile stop. Initially we thought the admission was a bit high but the visit turned out to be well worth it. The cave is astonishing for its size and also the smell. I recommend using one of the masks supplied. The viewing platform overlooked a colony of over 200 Sea-lions.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of those roadside attractions that doesn't live up to the myriad of signs you have to endure along the way. You can see and hear sea lions by pulling off on any of the many scenic view stops for free just up the road. They charge way too much for the walk and smell of the caves... Keep driving

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Dallas, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not a lot of sea lions were in the cave on this trip but I have been there before when there were hundreds of sea lions in the cave. Guess it makes a difference on time of year. Still always a fun excursion to do for all ages.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a typical tourist trap. If you don't put too much thought into it, it is fun for about an hour tops. You go down an elevator and see the sea lions sitting on a big rock. There is a video presentation and signs on the walls telling about the history. Then you can walk around the area and... More 

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Post Falls, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here as a child many years ago, and just didn't seem to be the same. There have been many changes over the years but the sea lions weren't in the cave. Most of the sea lions were out on rocks basking in the sun far below the cliffs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A must do!! Right off the highway so it didn't extend our trip too much! The cave itself was incredible. I highly suggest it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time and spent close to an hour watching a pod of gray whales in their natural habitat. The whole experience was fantastic. The caves have a lot of history and the gift shop has great inexpensive items that can be purchased by your child with their own "saved money".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The cave is awesome when the sea lions are in it. There is a tv in the store area that is connected to a camera in the cave so you can see if the cave is occupied. The view of the lighthouse from in the cave is spectacular and very picturesque. The paved path around that area gives you plenty... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving north and stopped in to check it out. For $14 per person, we decided to pass on it. There's many more fun things we could do with the money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun stop! A little pricey, but got to see dozens of sea lions in the cave & out on the rocks. Our teenagers both enjoyed the visit.

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