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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Awesome experience. Nothing like in the world they say. Huge cave with over 200 sea lions in it... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2016
Chris W
via mobile
Went but No Sea Lions

I went in August but there were no sea lions in the cave. I did see some whales but could have... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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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
+1 541-547-3111
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Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Awesome experience. Nothing like in the world they say. Huge cave with over 200 sea lions in it. Great for families and couples

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 13 February 2016

I went in August but there were no sea lions in the cave. I did see some whales but could have seen those anywhere. it was disappointing as we made a special point to go to see them and to be told to come back...More

Thank robdhl
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2016

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Sea Lion Caves is unlike any other family attraction. Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. Sea Lion Caves is unlike a zoo. None of our animals are held in captivity and all are...More

Reviewed 1 February 2016

I mean you get to go down in the cave and look at all these ridiculous creatures! It's amazing. I've done this as a kid, and now twice as an adult, and will do it every chance I get when I visit Oregon! Birders will...More

Thank Utah_Birdtographer
Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

The sea lion caves are truly unique and interesting to watch . Prices are a little spendy but you gotta do it at least once in your life! So take the kids for a fun adventure and enjoy the experience!

Thank tejae_12
Reviewed 28 January 2016

I definitely would not miss this attraction. Yes, it's some climbing and a long elevator ride, however once there in the cave, the minute the first sea lion comes into view you'll forget how you got there. The seal's were having the most fun. Some...More

Thank TexieKilleen-TX
Reviewed 23 January 2016

A lot of people complain this place is an overpriced tourist trap. I guess for them the idea of shelling out $14 to go see a big cave and some animals in their natural habitat is a bit too steep to stomach. If I had...More

Thank RinaBlue13
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Been here several times with my kids and visiting friends/family. It's an elevator ride 200 feet down into the caves where the sea lions live and sleep. If it's a sunny day you can find them out on the rocks sunbathing. It's a bit smelly,but...More

Thank shtsue9
Reviewed 13 January 2016

The cave was so dark it was so hard to see the sea lions. It was smelly (which added to the authenticity). :o) We love wildlife, so this was a must see for our family. Just wished it wasn't so expensive to ride the elevator...More

Thank sarahs511
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

My daughter and her husband along with my granddaughter and myself visited the Sea Lion Caves it was interesting the cave had only a couple sea lions, the majority were outside near the south walkway. I recommend binoculars or a camera with zoom as it...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

But we loved it. We are definitely off the beaten path type of travellers, but LOVE sea life so we thought what the heck. Definitely worth it. The smell wasn't that bad, ya go nose blind pretty quick, the noise wasn't deafening, actually kind of...More

Thank Tylene_Shannon
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Kristin P
How much time would you normally expect to spend here?
13 May 2017|
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Response from Joanna T | Reviewed this property |
There is a gift shop.. free to browse in. with a huge big screen tv.. with a live feed to watch the Sea Lions.. if you choose to go down to the caves ( you walk down stairs outside ) the cost is: Adults: $14.00... More
Kristin P
How dangerous is the trail to get there? Is is really easy to lose your footing? We would like to go, but we have an 11 month old. We were planning on babywearing her in her Lillebaby carrier, but now I'm worried that the rocks on the trail might be too slick for this to be safe? Opinions?
13 May 2017|
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Response from paleandinteretsing | Reviewed this property |
i think it would be fine. it was wet the day we went and we didn't have a problem
You state the walk is not for faint of heart. Is it steep? Slick? Hilly? We are considering visiting but I am concerned with the walk.
8 April 2017|
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Response from Rich_Holden | Reviewed this property |
The walk is not steep nor too hilly. It's just that it is literally cliff-side, but with very sturdy railings and a wide path, so go and enjoy the spectacular views.