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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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Reviewed January 6, 2014

There's such a myriad of choices for travelers along the Oregon Coast that it's tough to narrow it down when you only have a few days. Now reading others' posts about the sea lions not being in residence or a broken elevator, I feel doubly lucky to have experienced this natural wonder. There were two groups with me upon exit--one from UK and the other from China--and we all agreed with me that it is well worth it. My sister remarked that when she visited in summer, the odor was really overpowering, but in December I scarcely noticed it (although there was a complaint I overheard that a pregnant woman took one whiff and had to go back outside). The screened viewing area is small and people are waiting for someone to step away from the rail, but I was mesmerized and had to tear myself away. The video and informative displays were good. The scenic view, including Heceta Head Lighthouse in the distance, on the path to the elevator is awesome as well.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We got so lucky in that the weather for the end of December was beautiful - and the cave had a good 100+ sea lions in it given the time of year. My husband was visiting for the first time and it was so neat to share the experience with him. If you have never been ,make sure you get this on your bucket list!

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

Sea lion caves is one of the highly hyped attractions in OR. During our trip from Seattle to Dunes City, we made a stop at the sea lion caves and it was worth it. You can see 100s of sea lion from a closed space. Its very unique to view them in their natural habitat than in Zoos. Would recommend .

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Although we didn't have time to go down into the caves themselves we really enjoyed the DVD that was playing, and the wonderful staff in the shop/ advisory centre. The staff were interesting, and I did learn quite a bit in spite of having such a short time frame
It is a place I would take friends kids and grandkids.

Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

They couldn't help it but the elevator was broken and so, no tours. Id ring ahead next time. Also, it cries out of a place exploiting the sea lions. I can see what they do other than cream a profit. There were hundreds of Sea Lions off the cliff just down the road we saw for free a few minutes later.

Thank Oisin T
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2013

We appreciate your recent visit to Sea Lion Caves and as always we are grateful for customer comments so that we can always strive to improve our visitor experience. As you mentioned, there have been times that we have experienced the need for elevator service and we always error on the side of safety for our guests. Sometimes it might take a day or two for us to get service, because of our location. We certainly are sorry, but we just can’t compromise guest safety.
We are sorry that you didn’t get to visit America’s Largest Sea Cave, and enjoy all the benefits that go with your admission price.
None of our sea lions are held in captivity. Sea Lion Caves is an “all natural” experience and we are dedicated to protecting and preserving the sea lions natural environment.
We are also home of the world’s largest sea cave and some of the most incredible ocean vistas on the west coast. We think that when you add up all you get for your admission ($14.00 for adults; $13.00 for Seniors; $8.00 for Children 5-12; and FREE for Children 7 and younger, and FREE parking) you’ll see the value.
Sea Lion Caves, we’re nothing short of wild!

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