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Review of Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves
Ranked #10 of 42 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed February 14, 2012

This is something you have to do at least once in Oregon but once is enough.

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

This is a intersting place to stop and buy Oregon goods, scan the horizon in the hopes of seeing a Grey whale. The Seal Lion Cave is nice. I have seen it only once. It was worth seeing. I wouldn't see it again. But I do like to stop. Buy some popcorn or fudge and scan the horizon. Look down at the wildlife or look acrossed at the Light House.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Easy parking on east side of road. Use care when crossing to the gift shop. Expect windy walk to elevator. Definitely worth braving the cave smell when sea lions are in residence.

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

It's a nice place to stop on your way along the Oregon Coast. The gift shop is nice but the elevator ride is a bit spendy and you're not always guaranteed to see sea lions.

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Reviewed February 10, 2012

This is a place owned by a private partnership and they charge $8 to $12 to see seals that can be seen for free up and down the Oregon Coast. It is exploitive and goes totally against my principles. If it were a state park and there was a nominal fee, it would be one thing. I advise everyone to avoid this place.

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