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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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The sea lions were on hiatus, but cool cave!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
LisaRasmussen4u
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Marysville, Washington
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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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Thank Scott S
Marysville, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days 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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Thank LisaRasmussen4u
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days 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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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a classic roadside attraction!!! The staff is great at giving you directions for the best viewing of the sea lions. The walk and the elevator are always a great break to the all the driving.

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Thank 370Angel
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a joy it was to see the sea lions in their natural habitat. We were overwhelmed with the way tourists view the animals and the fantastic way that the reserve is kept to ensure the animals are never disturbed. Viewing them in summer was not a disappointment even though the sea lions were not in the caves and I... More 

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Chilliwack
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had been before but thought this was a must stop with the kids. It was quiet in the caves at this time but there were plenty of sea lions to be seen (and heard). Although this is a big tourist stop, they keep the price fair and as a family of 5, we still found it... More 

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Thank Erin H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The experience wasn't bad and wasn't amazing. It was exactly what we thought, a place for Seals. However since we went in August there are: - no seal lions in the cave - no seal lion pups (spring) - low quantity of seals (December over 300) Facility is clean and kept up, workers are friendly and very helpful and the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

perched on route 101 with parking on both sides, the place appears always crowded, is way over priced and full of tourist trinkets inside. we did not pay the price, as when you ask questions you realize the sea lions leave the cave in July and for months, there is nothing to see in the cave but the cave itself.... More 

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