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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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Great place even, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great homemade fugue, even though we came at a... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Tara D
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Good caves on a fine day?

When we arrived in the morning it was foggy so thought we would come back in the afternoon... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
Joel43_12
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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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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Great place even, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great homemade fugue, even though we came at a time when the sea lions are not typically there, it was still fun to visit the caves and we actually did get to see 2 sea lions!

Thank Tara D
Reviewed 25 October 2017

When we arrived in the morning it was foggy so thought we would come back in the afternoon (hopefully when the fog had cleared) but were advised by friendly informative ticket staff that there were no sea lions in the cave because of this there...More

Thank Joel43_12
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for stopping at Sea Lion Caves. We are sorry that you didn’t get to enjoy the experience for yourself. As you mentioned, it is our policy to inform all visitors before purchasing a ticket, if we have no sea lions in the cave....More

Reviewed 24 October 2017

I have never seen a place like this in the states. An elevator takes you 180 feet down to a rather large cave. There is a couple of sea lion skeletons and numerous education posters and videos. On one side you look out into a...More

Thank Lynn N
Reviewed 21 October 2017

$27 to ride the elevator to the sea caves. When we got there we were told there are never any sea lions in the caves this time of year. If you want to see sea lions, go up to Newport and walk on the pier....More

Thank bcj8160
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Our adult admission price is $14.00 each. Seniors are $13.00 each and children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 each. Children ages 4 and younger are free. Parking is also free. It remains our policy to inform all...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Although the sea lions were out of the cave, this was a great place to visit. They give you a discounted fee when the seals are out and about. Save your receipt and you'll be able to come back free of charge during the winter...More

Thank Vangen007
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We were here in late September and were told there are seldom sea lions in the cave at this time of year since they are often out feeding. We could have gone in to view the cave itself but declined since we had seen it...More

Thank 1DustyDave
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for stopping at Sea Lion Caves. Because we are not a zoo, none of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are held in captivity. All of the animals are free to come and go as they please. For that reason, there are times...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017

We traveled over to Florence to enjoy the coast for a day and visited the hundreds of crazy lazy sealions lounging on rocks in the cave and diving in to take a bath. great stop on the coast trip!More

Thank David B
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and watching the sea lions in the cave. Sea Lion Caves is a unique experience. Observing how these wild animals live and play with each other is very...More

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Yes Sea Lions were not in the caves which they told us - offered discount tickets plus a rain check ticket that was more than fair. However even with that being said it was well worth the tour to see the cave grotto one of...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We went in September and the sea lions were out on the rocks with their young. It was rather hard to see them since was essentially directly below us and quite a ways down. There were the big pay (25 cent) binoculars that helped with...More

Thank Andrea H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Glad we stopped in to see the caves and the sea lions. They weren't in the cave but still amazing to go down inside the caves. Expensive for what you get but still a good stop if you are doing the Oregon coast.

Thank ViG67
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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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