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“Had a great time with the family”
Review of Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves
Ranked #5 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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Sweet Home, Oregon
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Had a great time with the family”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Smell not bad, not to noisey. Was a good day.

Visited March 2012
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Florence, Oregon
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101 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Kids Love This Place”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

I would say this is a must do on the Oregon Coast. You go down in an elevator several feet. You get to see lots of sea lions and learn about them as well.

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Suttons Bay, Michigan
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61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“We saw over 400 sea lions”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Yes it is smelly and dark, but it is a sea lion cave. It was well worth it. It only takes a little time to go down and see them. Perhaps we got lucky, but there were literally hundreds, and moms teaching babies to swim and play as well.

Visited February 2012
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Kootenays, BC, Canada
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140 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Love this attraction!”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

This was my husband's and my 2nd visit to the Sea Lion Caves, but his nephew & wife's first trip thru Oregon. We are enthralled by these animals, and wouldn't miss an opportunity to see them in such an amazing large group. Hubby's nephew's wife was fixated! She said she could have spent the day watching them.

There are a few concerns, but they're minor. For most people, the walk to the elevators would be inconsequential. However, for us it was a slight issue as one of our party has a heart blockage. We just took it very slow - no problems.

The smell can be overwhelming when you're in the caves. For those with sensitive tummies (like hubby's nephew!), perhaps a tissue with some cologne or perfume?

If we're back on the Oregon coast, we'll definitely visit again. They are fascinating & incredible animals - love viewing them in their natural environment!

Visited February 2012
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Eugene, Oregon
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Sea lion caves”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

fun, stinky and loud.....did I say fun! And you can see sea lions on the rocks below all year round.

Thank Heide J
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