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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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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So in the summer the sea lions are at the outlook instead of in the caves. I have a telephoto camera lens so the kids were able to look through and see them, but if not, you had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Husband andI traveling with two girls under 5 on our way to see the Sea Lion Caves. We headed south from Lincoln city and thought we would get gas in Yachats.... Nope, all closed. We would have ran out of gas before getting to the next town but the woman at the register at the Sea Lion Caves asked the... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So in the summer the sea lions are at the outlook instead of in the caves. I have a telephoto camera lens so the kids were able to look through and see them, but if not, you had to pay to use the telescope to see them. Next time, we'll bring binoculars. We did go to the cave even though... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cost too much to go down to see the sea lions, plenty of other places to see them for free. Great view of the ocean but mainly a tourist trap.

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Glenwood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We recently visited the Sea Lion Caves north of Florence, OR with a cold wind and mist rolling off the Pacific. The place was buzzing with tourists, all of us looking to catch a glimpse of the sea lions that inhabit this area. It was not mating season but there were still quite a few hanging around on the rocks... More 

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Rockford, Wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent family adventure. Touristy, but quite a fun little stop. They are noisey though. Would take my grandkids for sure.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to see sea lions up close be careful what time of year you visit. They only use the cave in the winter months. Other times they are outside and it's a long view to see them. The ticket price may be slightly reduced when the sea lions are not in the cave but not great value.

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Thank Nellibert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The caves were empty because the sea lions were busy sunning themselves on the rocks. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as there are a lot of steep areas .

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Thank Kim A
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They gave us a $2 per person discount (so $12 instead of $14) because they said the sea lions weren't in the cave, but you could still see them. True, but from several hundred feet above them and at an angle. They should have an off-season rate. It was a ripoff.

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Marysville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to the cave and observation deck. Cool cave and good info. Unfortunately, the fog was thick and so we didn't see a single sea lion, while we were there, today. I have to agree with another poster, this is a tourist trap. Tons of stuff for sale in the gift shop. All of it, way over-priced. Hopefully, we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

$14 per person and not much to look at. I get that they can't predict when the sea lions will be there but it was not worth what we paid

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