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“500 Sea Lions”
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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Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“500 Sea Lions”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Very cool stop on our trip down the coast! Staff were amazingly nice and it is very easy to get to. You go 200 ft down in a elevator and get to hang out in the cave watching the sea lions through a screen. Kids will love it too.

Visited March 2013
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Kennewick, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Classic stop on historic highway 101”
Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

I guess I had low expectations based on online reviews my wife was reading to us as we traveled. The facilities are in great shape and we did see the Sea Lions. You do have to cross the highway if you do not park at the facility. They have popcorn but no other cooked food. Plenty of parking when we went. The staff was friendly and informational. There are plenty of descriptive displays. I liked it.

Visited April 2013
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Missoula, Montana
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A must see”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Always a good stop, a lot to see. I liked it more when they gave guided tours, but since I had been there before...it worked out.

Visited April 2013
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Surrey, Canada
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Lots of sea lions”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We were lucky enough to see a lot of the sea lions in the cave as well as outside on the rocks. The smell is quite something, but still worth going down to see them. It is a bit pricey for this attraction, but then again, where else can you go and see something like this?

Visited March 2013
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Sisters, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fun Place”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

It was great going down into the cave at sea level and watching the seal lions in their natural habitat. Well worth the elevator trip down!

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