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Sea Lion Caves

Features Animals
91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Good if you are lucky to see them.

We only saw 1 sea lions from the lower deck. The upper deck view was good as we saw plenty but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Seattle, WA
We love seal lions!

Our family loves sea lions so we figured why not stop! The admission was a little much but worth it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Siletz, Oregon
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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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“gift shop” (146 reviews)
“elevator ride” (49 reviews)
“viewing area” (62 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only saw 1 sea lions from the lower deck. The upper deck view was good as we saw plenty but then the view distance is quite far from the upper deck. There was just 1 sea lion still lingering in the cave where the...More

2  Thank A S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family loves sea lions so we figured why not stop! The admission was a little much but worth it for the experience. We loved the gift shop and the view! The newspaper clippings on the way down to the elevator is a great touch....More

1  Thank mojohnson_22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This stop is a must! My family loved it so much. The views of the ocean, lighthouse, caves and of course sea lions are amazing. We enjoyed listening to the sounds of the sea lions and the waves crashing in the caves. Very clean and...More

1  Thank broncos69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I figured this would be a hokey but fun family activity. It was, but it was also fascinating. We had the good fortune to be there at peak time. It was noisy and smelly (but how were the sea lions....:) ). Very interesting to learn...More

1  Thank tyandjess
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even in the cold the animals were fun to watch. The facilities were clean and access was eas. We enjoyed it

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned business. There is parking on the same side and across the road. You can actually go into the cave and potentially see the sea lions inside. Great to bring binoculars. There is an odor!!

Thank LaurieS3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

a lovely place to have carnival type foods. Popcorn, fudge and exquisite views of the sea. I go there all the time.

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you really want to descend into a really stinky cave to see sea lions, you are better off to pull off the highway into one of the viewing areas just north of the Caves. Usually there are dozens of sea lions pulled out on...More

Thank esconopeles
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary. Everything you see, hear and smell is exactly as nature intended it to be. We think that this is one of the most unique aspects of visiting Sea...More

Reviewed 5 December 2017

We came here once in the summertime, and the workers let us know that there were no creatures in the cave, that they were out eating or mating or doing outdoors activities. We loved them for saving our dollars and made a special trip out...More

Thank slambarama
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We agreed that we actually prefer seeing the sea lions from the cliff sides (which is easily done all up and down the coast), but this is worth the stop for the great gift shop and cliff side views. Free fudge tasting with a variety...More

Thank Linda C
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8 October 2017|
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Response from DVD1961 | Reviewed this property |
I would advise you to check the webcam online to see if the sea lions are even there most of the time I've been there in April I was just fine and that my wife and I just came back from the sea lion caves and there are tons... More
8 October 2017|
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Response from wvillamil | Reviewed this property |
They are there year round. Weekdays are less busy. Also if you want to see sea lions without paying, they are everywhere at the Newport bayfront about 30 Miles North of sea lions cave. At the bayfront, they have taken over a... More
Carrie C
10 July 2017|
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Response from Sherrie M | Reviewed this property |
I'm siggest low tide. When it's low tide, more sea lions will be gathered on the rocks below the lookout and also lying on the rocks in the caves. Hope this information helps!