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Sea Lion Caves

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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Interesting Place

The views of the ocean are beautiful from the viewing area. Take binoculars because the sea lions... read more

Reviewed today
lovetotravel969
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Fort Mohave, Arizona
Fascinating stop

We were told by many people to stop at the Sea Lion Caves and were not disappointed. There is an... read more

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Kevin W
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Pocatello, Idaho
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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 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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“gift shop” (145 reviews)
“elevator ride” (50 reviews)
“viewing area” (64 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed today

The views of the ocean are beautiful from the viewing area. Take binoculars because the sea lions are not close to the area. We were told the sea lions might not be down in the cave, but we went down anyway. We were told that...More

Thank lovetotravel969
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were told by many people to stop at the Sea Lion Caves and were not disappointed. There is an observation deck to see the sea lions on the cliffs and then an elevator to the cave. In both locations we saw dozens of sea...More

Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Doing something we would never do at home. Pity there wasn’t a cofffee shop Staff were very helpful good for all the family

Thank E J F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went one hour before closing and paid $11 per person to take an elevator down to see the Sea Lions, BUT there was only one. The rest had to be viewed from the free overlook. We asked before purchasing the tickets and the cashier...More

3  Thank Gayle L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is worth seeing if you are passing by and it is certainly a experience to travel down to the cave in the elevator. The views from the outside platforms are very scenic and make for great photos. Priced right and well wort a look.

Thank Bob P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have past this establishment several times but decided to stop as it was a beautiful day. Apparently, when it is a beautiful day, the sea lions prefer the sun. It was interesting, somewhat educational, and was not over-priced (though I am glad I wasn’t...More

Thank Mkildal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cave was beautiful. There were only a couple of sea lions in the cave, but a lot out on the rocks and several that we could see in the water. The views were beautiful!

Thank Seecester
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my grandparents over 25 years ago and loved it. I took my 11 year old daughter and she loved it just as much As I did. We recommend it to anyone in Oregon

Thank Kristie N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gift shop is very nice as is the staff. The kids loved going down into the caves to see the sea lions. We also spotted a whale. Gorgeous view as well here. Have been many times.

Thank Jeneane S
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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 like hearing from happy customers! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Sea Lion Caves. We're nothing short of wild!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is worth the visit if only to see the caves and not the Sea Lions. On the day we visited the Sea Lions where all out on the rocks or in the sea, easy to watch them from viewing platforms. A number had new...More

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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 and sharing your experience with us! We are always happy to hear from satisfied customers. We totally agree with you, we think seeing The Cave is worth the price of admission alone and is a very rewarding experience....More

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Shma77
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
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Soph851
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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Soph851
October 8, 2017|
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Response from wvillamil | Reviewed this property |
They are there year round. Weekdays are less busy. Also if you want to see sea lions without paying, they are everywhere at the Newport bayfront about 30 Miles North of sea lions cave. At the bayfront, they have taken over a... More
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