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Sea Lion Caves

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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No Sea Lions

There were no sea lions when I visited, but to their credit, they told me in advance. They offered... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2018
Conyers, GA
Fun stop on our Oregon Coast trip

We had a great time visiting the sea lions and watching them at the caves. It's definitely worth at... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
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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
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All reviews gift shop elevator ride fudge viewing area their natural habitat observation deck sea lion cave the cliff oregon coast bring binoculars fun stop nice stop unique experience heceta head lighthouse parking lot light house smell
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This attraction is wonderful for kids and adults. It has knowledgeable staff and education about the Sea Lions. We missed the time when they are normally in the cave, but there was plenty to see, do and learn while there. Our receipt also included a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting Florence we stopped here on a whim after a day of hiking and tide pooling. The smell is overpowering and terrible but the sights and sounds sure make up for it. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. Immediately walking off...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves! Nothing makes our day better than hearing from happy customers! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We first went to see the Sea Lions outside. There was a small storm there, but the Sea Lions didn't worry about the weather. Then we went to the cave for a long time, enjoying the Sea Lions. Some were playing, others were swimming and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robby G C
Reviewed December 6, 2018

What a great look into our ocean wildlife. Going down into the caves gives an unclose look at stellar sea lions with a huge amount of information about their lives. Take your binoculars, not your cameras. There are several steps to get down to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

There were no sea lions when I visited, but to their credit, they told me in advance. They offered me a rain check to come back within 12 months, so I went down and looked at the cave, even though there was nothing in there....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

We had a great time visiting the sea lions and watching them at the caves. It's definitely worth at stop at least once! And even though I'm not a gift shop person, their gift shop had great yard art of sea creatures - love this...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The Sea Lion Caves is a wonderful place to stop on Highway just south of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. They have a wonderful gift shop with fudge sampling and a trip down to view the seals in the cave is worth the time and entertaining...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Don H
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

We have visited this location numerous times since 1991. Our latest visit was the first during the fall season and the only time there were not hundreds of sea lions. It did have the benefit of no stench which is quite prevalent in the cave...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank haveboozewilltravel
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I've been to Sea Lion Caves twice before, once in April and once in October, and both times there were sea lions in the caves. Fun experience riding the elevator through the rock and the cave is enormous. If you've never been inside a cave...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cheryl R
Reviewed October 27, 2018

The ticket collector is very clear about what will be seen (or not). During our visit there were no sea lions in the cave but it was still a worthwhile visit. They discount the pricing depending on cave conditions and are still a tad expensive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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September 12, 2018|
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Response from Kitty B | Reviewed this property |
It is a cave, but will be windy and cold. The roads are very narrow and winding, so with the rain and wind can be dangerous traveling. The sea lions are now year round residents, so there should be some taking their leisure.
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
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July 09, 2006|
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Boat ride on Crater Lake takes most of a day, not what I would do in short trip here. You do not need to drive around Crater Lake to enjoy it. You can see a lot from west side rim drive. Of the three boat rides you mention I suggest one from Gold Beach. but it is a bit of a trip to get there Little unsure of your coast plans. Do you plan to go to Crescent City then north along Oreg coast? Your listing is not quite in that order.
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I am in the very early stages of planning a possible trip to Oregon, flying into Portland in August. I need help from locals and those very familiar with the area, as there seems to be much to see in this very large, diverse state. We are considering a rather large loop starting in Portland and heading east over the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. After this, I thought we could head to the Bend area and then Crater Lake. Then I thought we might be able to head west toward the coast...More
December 20, 2007|
Response fromMtngrl|
Looks pretty good. I would only tweak it a bit. Do the loop in reverse so that you can do the coast north to south. That way it is easier to pull off at viewpoints and such. I personally would take off the cheese factory and the sea lion caves. Time is much better spent on other things, IMO. From Portland you can head straight over to Cannon Beach. Ecola State Park and Haystack Rock are both there and are must sees. You can hike in the park also. In Portland, IF you have time, hit OMSI...More
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June 12, 2018|
Response fromSonapaoma|
I'd skip Whiskeytown especially in October. It's mainly frequented by boaters and campers. Also, Shelter Cove is an interesting choice. It's pretty remote and the road out there is challenging if you hit rainy weather which is always a possibility in October. Staying in Klamath Falls and visiting Crater Lake would make a late lunch in Eugene. Maybe have breakfast at the Crater Lake Lodge. Even if your motel serves breakfast, dining at the lodge is special. You can see both Crater Lake and...More