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Sea Lion Caves

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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Listen to the workers!

We came here once in the summertime, and the workers let us know that there were no creatures in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
slambarama
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Vancouver, WA
Nice stop!

We agreed that we actually prefer seeing the sea lions from the cliff sides (which is easily done... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda C
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Moorpark, California
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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” (148 reviews)
“elevator ride” (49 reviews)
“viewing area” (62 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our Oregon trip. Don’t miss this when you drive the Oregon coast. Very interesting.

Thank HappyEater923
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and writing about your experience. We are so happy that we were one of the highlights of your Oregon trip! Nothing makes our day like hearing from happy customers. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I like to see local wildlife and preserves. It was awesome to be able to see the sea lions in their natural habitat without disturbing them.More

Thank Craig H
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and taking time to write about your visit! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Nothing makes us happier than hearing from happy customers! We think it is a pretty special place too. Sea Lion Caves. We’re...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can only say.....once in a lifetime experience....because it has the most horrid smell down there I've ever smelled.More

Thank Goldwing89
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because Sea Lion Caves is an all natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, everything is real. All of the sights, sounds and smells are real. We are not a zoo, and none of the animals are held in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another roadside attraction. If you have been to the corn palace and mammoth caves you must add sea lion caves to your checklist. Be there sea lion, there were for us, loud and smelly, or not, the caves are fascinating. Gift shop and all the...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the top most amazing things I have ever seen! The cave was full of Sea Lions. It sounded very eerie with their roars echoing off the cave walls. A one of a kind experience to see them in the gigantic cave. Lots of...More

Thank Sheri T
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to Sea Lion Caves! We too think Sea Lion Caves is an amazing one of a kind experience. Thank you again for writing about your wonderful adventure....More

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We swung in here because we had been driving for a while and wanted to take a break. I was not expecting it to be so interesting. We saw many sea lions! They also have a lot of history and interesting points to talk about....More

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our visit. Hearing from happy customers always makes our day. Thank you for sharing your comments. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

Reviewed 5 November 2017

Our tour group arrived to the new that all the sea lions were elsewhere. We were foolhardy enough to venture down to the caves as the receptionist said there was a seal there. False alarm. Large gift shop but lack of sea lions meant that...More

Thank Terry H
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary the animals come and go as they please. None of the animals are held in captivity. So, there may be occasions that we have no sea lions in...More

Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately, the seals and sea lions were all out feeding at the time we visited. That was obviously not anyone’s fault..it is just nature being nature. They let us know up front that they were not in the cave and they gave us a 1...More

1  Thank gwens969
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Soph851
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
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Soph851
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
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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!
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