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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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+1 541-547-3111
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Fun Afternoon

It was slightly expensive at 14 per person, especially since it doesn't really take that long to get the full experience. The gift shop is cute, some of the staff isn't very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Richland, Washington
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Richland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was slightly expensive at 14 per person, especially since it doesn't really take that long to get the full experience. The gift shop is cute, some of the staff isn't very friendly though. The elevator ride down was super quick, and it was fun to see them all down there in the cave. We took a few photos but... More 

Thank sgoodwin90
Canton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the walk to the elevator, even in the rain because we could see some sea lions swimming in the ocean! We brought our binoculars which was nice to have here and in the cave. We saw what they estimated as 200 sea lions in the cave, it was fun to watch them in their natural environment. Yes it... More 

Thank Kathy M
Newport, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was an impromptu stop on hwy 101. We are glad we finally did it. It was worth every penny of what they charged. It was a nice walk down to the elevator. You could stop and just watch the sea lions outside of the caves diving in the waves coming in. Even nicer to as far as the eyes... More 

Thank kaitybird
Ocean Shores, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great trip to see the sea lions in their natural environment. We saw 200 of them in the cave and about 20 frolicking in the ocean outside! We also loved the gift shop ! We bought their special warm, candied nuts, popcorn and sodas! So tasty! We also bought a few souvenirs. What great fun for all ages!

Thank Sassybeachgirl
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we stopped in was very rainy and cold, so we really appreciated the heating in the gift shop, and the fact that there was a lift all the way to the cave (rather than a long walk). It was an experience to see the Sea Lions in their natural habitat... albeit smelly and noisy (what else would you... More 

Thank Joanne G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit the Florence area, this is a must see attraction. -it is unique in that you see 100's of sealions in their natural habitat. It is a stroll to walk that one the elevator, then you go to the sea level to sea lions caves.

Thank Candace H
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were pleased to find the cave full of sea lions when we visited. The staff said there were about 150 of them. Really enjoyed watching them play in the water and interact with each other in the cave.

Thank Bill C
Vancouver, British Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second visit. Dropped in about 20 years back with the children. Travelling the coast and wanted to stop in again. Cave was full of sea lions. Friendly staff

Thank CharlieV911
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised by the number is sea lions in the cave and how close you were to them. The natural light in the cave made for a great movie on my phone. There are several flights of stairs that lead to a fantastic view of Heceta Head lighthouse and a small waterfall. Worth the climb up the steps.

Thank jackskis
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very cool elevator to the sea lion caves. More sea lions than you can imagine! I must for kids and kids at heart!

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We appreciate your review. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Our goal is to have happy customers! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. Sea Lion Caves is truly a unique natural environment that we are dedicated to preserving and protecting for future generations to enjoy. Sea Lion... More 

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