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Sea Lion Caves

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Views don’t change.

I’ve been to the Sea Lion Caves many times in my life and the views don’t change much. I have... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Boise, Idaho
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Fun roadside attraction - you should definitely stop if you are in the area.

This definitely qualifies as one of the quintessential "roadside attractions" of Highway... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I’ve been to the Sea Lion Caves many times in my life and the views don’t change much. I have better views of sea lions down in Newport. However, they have a great gift shop and I love the views outside of the gift shop....More

Thank Kieande
Reviewed 5 days ago

From Pacific Coast Highway, Sea Lion Cave looks like your typical 'tourist trap'. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Yep, they want you to spend money in the gift shop, it's a business. But their gifts are really unique souvenirs of the Oregon Coast....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at sea lions cave after a long drive ....only to be told that at this time of year the sea lions are out hunting and NOT in the cave . There was nothing on the web page to say this...I was really disappointed. I...More

2  Thank jollygilly
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to see the Sea Lions from a viewpoint looking down at a rock they were all hanging out on. The smell is pretty bad, but it's really fun watching and listening to them. We then went down in the scary elevator to the...More

Thank picklepedro_
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised. The sea lions were not in the cave which I think was good for us because I’ve heard it stinks bad when they are in there. It’s was really cool what they did down in...More

Thank Michele W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got there and were informed the sea lions were out. We got a small discount and proceeded to walk to the elevator. Great scenery of the Pacific. The elevator was a good ride and quick. The cave entrance had lots of information. The actual...More

Thank adp-retired
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Clean - of course the cave smelled a bit but what a site to see. Very Informational - they have donw a Great Job maintaining the property ( GROUNDS ) This is as close as I have ever been to a Sea-lion before &...More

2  Thank Teresa P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best places, to get to experience Sea Lions. This is very interesting how they found the caves and what they have done over the years to keep open. It is defiantly a must to stop at along the coast....

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This definitely qualifies as one of the quintessential "roadside attractions" of Highway 101. There is a bit of walking to get to the elevators and to the lookout, but nothing too strenuous. But, older guests should be aware of the total 1/4 mile walk. Fun...More

Thank TheLucky44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The kids first comment was that it smelled, but what can you expect from wild life. While the weather was not very good for outdoor viewing, the sea lions were plentiful and very interesting

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September 12, 2018|
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Response from Joe C | Reviewed this property |
Our first time was August. Weather was perfect , I couldn’t tell you about November. Good luck it’s a neat place to see
May 27, 2018|
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Response from di0uf | Reviewed this property |
Cloudy...they are inside the cave...they are a bachelor group that didn't find a mate...so they lolll around and eat and sun.Bring coats....even in full sun the wind off the ocean is @ 50 DEGREES and 10-25 mph
October 8, 2017|
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Response from DVD1961 | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to check the webcam online to see if the sea lions are even there most of the time I've been there in April I was just fine and that my wife and I just came back from the sea lion caves and there are tons... More