Sea Lion Caves

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Sea Lion Caves
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Suebailey
Vaesrade, The Netherlands17 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We loved our visit. It was windy and rain but we were still so glad we stopped. It took about an hour and a half for our visit because we really took our time and it was not busy at all. We saw 250 seals they said. There were a lot. My kids enjoyed it. Everyone was friendly and the walkways were well maintained.
Written December 23, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. So happy to read you loved your visit! Thanks for letting us know and for the five-star rating! We appreciate that you took the time to let us know. Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written December 29, 2021
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Valerie S
Glasgow, KY245 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
The waves were crashing in and it sounded very cool. Good views of Heceta lighthouse. Sea lions leave in August and don’t return until true winter but the folks there tell you that up front and give a discount during off season.
Written October 20, 2021
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Underpaid62
Midlothian, VA155 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The facility is very nice and the staff are friendly. However, most of us felt that is was a waist of money…
1. No seals present at all during October. Apparently they are all out feeding.
2. You dont actually go into the cave where the seals usually hang out. You observe the area from an underground area and look through a window with thin cables blocking entrance. This is understandable since you dont want to disturb any seals, if any were present.

There is a small museum of sorts and gift shop attached. Do your research (like we did not) and go when there are seals actually in the cave. I am sure it will be worth it then
Written October 19, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary. All of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are free to come and go as they please and none are held in captivity. This is where they choose to live. For that reason, there may be times that the sea lions are out of the cave. We always inform visitors, before they purchase a ticket, if there are no sea lions in the cave. We also offer those visitors who do purchase a ticket a discounted price as well as a free return voucher that is valid for one full year. Many of our visitors tell us that seeing America's largest naturally formed sea cave, that was formed over 25 million years ago, is worth the price of admission even when the sea lions are not in the cave. Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written December 29, 2021
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srimanone
El Pescadero, Mexico897 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
You arrive and try to find parking either in front or across the street. Slow and easy with that. Short line and get a ticket and go down to elevator entrance , short wait and takes you down to bottom of drilled out cave area. There are viewing areas and you see the bulls and mommy and babies all hanging out , barking and making noises . Great views and exciting place to visit
Written September 12, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves! So happy you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit and for the great five-star rating. We appreciate that very much! Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written November 9, 2021
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ACSquare
Seattle, WA527 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
A must visit natural cave! We visited in sep and did not see sea lions but the cave was worth it!
We were told best time to see sea lion is dec-March!
The gift shop here is amazing and has awesome gifts and collectibles at descent price !
Written September 5, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Thanks so much for taking the time to tell us about your experience in The Cave. So glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We appreciate the five-star rating too! Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written November 9, 2021
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Darryl L
Marana, AZ463 contributions
Aug 2021
Pure fun and educational. At first, we thought this was going to be a typical, hoky kind of tourist trap. Wow, were we surprised.
This is a gem and a wonderful experience for the whole family. It is a natural sea cave absolutely loaded with barking, growling and frolicking sea lions. As an added bonus, the grounds around the sea caves afford great ocean views with many more sea lions along the rocky cliffs and shores.
There is a nice gift shop. Due to COVID, no food is served but they did have popcorn for sale.
Highly recommend stopping and enjoying this natural wonder.
Written September 2, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We loved reading your comments Darryl. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and for the very nice five-star rating. So happy you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you again soon. Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written November 9, 2021
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kingj24
Unicoi, TN213 contributions
Jul 2021
We really enjoyed going to see the sea lion caves, was different. View point outside to see where they come in and out of the caves. Wasn't expensive. Walking involved up and down. Beautiful scenery with the Lighthouse in the distance. Nice giftshop.
Written September 2, 2021
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN2,917 contributions
Aug 2021
I talked him into this. I thought it would be fun. It was! $14 per adult. Open 9-5pm.
Signage is good on Hwy 101. Parking is good, but you have to cross the Hwy to get to the building. They do have RV parking as well.

The gift shop is free. You pay in the gift shop & do a self tour. The path is paved, but there are stairs. The elevator is small.
I really enjoyed looking at the sea lions! The viewing area has a metal fence in place to prevent any human interaction. It does smell. The seals & sea lions are completely free to come & go as they want. There were a lot there on the day we went. The cave itself is wonderful!
There's some scenic views of the coast & Heceta Head Lighthouse. If you walk further past the main building there's a viewpoint where you can see the seals outside by the ocean. These were the only wild seals we saw in Oregon.
As far as tourist traps go - this one was excellent!
Written August 30, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. So happy you enjoyed your time spent with us Cynthia. Appreciate reading your comments and love the five-star rating. Thank you. Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written August 31, 2021
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Lomunchi
Maple Grove, MN590 contributions
Aug 2021
It's not an extensive tour for the money, but it was a nice stop. It would have been quick but.... the elevator which goes down about 140 feet to the cave went out of order while we were down in the cave area. we were stuck for about 40 minutes. Not the end of the world, but if you freak out over elevators, small ones, maybe pass.
The few of the sea lions isn't close but it is natural. We saw plenty there in August. If you want to get close to them for free in a not so natural area, though, just fist them in historic Newport where you can watch them for hours from about 10 feet away.
Written August 26, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Guest safety is a number one priority at Sea Lion Caves. We recently installed a state-of-the-art elevator system to enhance our guest experience. Unfortunately, at times there can be mechanical issues. We do our very best to keep things running smoothly and safely for our guests with minimal interruption of services. Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written August 31, 2021
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John N
New York502 contributions
Aug 2021
Was taking a drive up the coast not looking for anything special to stop at when I saw this place. Definitely a fun place to stop. You can see the sea lions down below on the cliffs as they climb in and out of the water then take the elevator down into the cave. The day I was there they were not in the cave(so that is a bit of hit or miss). It does stink down there (even with a covid mask) guess years of seal and bird poop will do that.

There is a small film you watch down there and another spot where you can see up the coat

Overall glad I stopped
Written August 24, 2021
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Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We appreciate your comments and are happy to hear that you enjoyed the time you spent with us. Thanks for taking the time to give your feedback and for the nice five-star rating John. Much appreciated. Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!
Written August 31, 2021
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