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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
Phone Number: +1 541-547-3111
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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 only thing that was missing was the Sea Lions themselves! That was too bad but they ladies at the ticket counter were sure to let us know, in advance, that they were not in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Patti C
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British Columbia, Canada
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Bellingham, Washington
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were told that the elevator to the cave was being refurbished and inoperable since October 2016. We were there on December 1, 2016 and could only see the sea lions on a live web-cam feed.

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British Columbia, Canada
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The only thing that was missing was the Sea Lions themselves! That was too bad but they ladies at the ticket counter were sure to let us know, in advance, that they were not in residence at this time. We opted to buy the tickets anyways and were glad that we did - we did receive a rain cheque, which... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a popular spot to stop and we were all looking forward to seeing the sea lions. First, walk to the north end of the parking lot to see a great view of the Heceta light. Better than on the beach below the lighthouse. My warning is this: you enter a building that is a giant tourist trap full... More 

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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 are not a zoo and none of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are held in captivity. There are occasions that we have no sea lions in the cave. It remains our policy to inform all visitors, prior to making a ticket purchase, if the sea lions are out to sea. We... More 

Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The people were friendly but the rates were way too high. The cave wasn't as stinky as I remembered. My 5 year old loved it. And the history part of it we enjoyed

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. If you compare our pricing to similar family oriented attractions, you’ll find that our pricing is generally 10-30% below comparable venues. Our adult price is $14.00 each. Seniors are $13.00, children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 and children 4 and under are free. Parking is also free. Your ticket allows you to... More 

Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see sea lions. Take a sweater or jacket and binoculars. If using a camera use a faster asa setting than for daylight. It is dark and gloomy up on the gallery. When you exit the elevator the sea lion odor kind of assails your sense of smell. You get use to it quickly though. Watching these critters... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was off season when we stopped, the sea lions were out fishing - so they were closed to put in a new elevator. The shop was still a great stop and the lady at the till was so great with letting us know information as to when the sea lions were there, and how many and where they were... More 

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Florence, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been visiting the Sea Lion Caves for 50+ years. It's an amazing close up view of the Sea Lions in their own habitat. The cave is incredible even if the Sea Lions aren't there. Well worth the trip down. Nice to walk around the property with stunning views of the ocean and Sea Lions swimming around. The gift shop... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gift shop/entrance is easy enough to find on the 101, you can't miss it. However there was no external signage when we visited 3 weeks ago to tell us that the elevator was under repair/replacement, we had to go inside to find this out. However the staff were helpful and let us go out to the lookouts with no... More 

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Mound, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family visited the cave on a family road trip. We had so much fun. This is a must see attraction!

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Honolulu, HI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I totally love the Sea Lion Caves and make it a point to go there whenever we are on the Oregon Coast. It's better in the winter season when they tend to be in the caves. Also, try the fudge at the gift shop. It's a part of the reason I always want to go back!

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