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Sea Lion Caves

Features Animals
91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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lotsa sea lions!

We traveled over to Florence to enjoy the coast for a day and visited the hundreds of crazy lazy... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
David B
Roseburg, Oregon
Worth the visit !

Yes Sea Lions were not in the caves which they told us - offered discount tickets plus a rain check... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Bob S
Lake Wales, Florida
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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” (144 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 8 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 4 weeks ago

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 5 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 5 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
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The day we went to the Sea Lion Caves, we were told before we bought tickets that there were no sea lions in the cave, but we could view them from the overlook. We bought tickets and walked down to the overlook and viewed 75-100...More

Thank Mushroomminnow
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We were disappointed to arrive to find that the seals are only there December to May. They offered a "discount ticket" of $12; $11 for Seniors; to walk the path to elevator and see the empty cave. Ticket is also good for 12 months to...More

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. As you mentioned, the sea lions do come and go but there is no exact time period, or a specific calendar, when we do or do not have sea lions in the cave. All of the animals have...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Fun place to go see sea lions in their natural surroundings in a cave. Some walking to do but beautiful views if not foggy. The elevator takes you down to the cave and it is amazing to see the sea lions about 50-100 yards away...More

Thank ladyomaha
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Not many sea lions when we visited, but the cave where they live is dramatic and the access by elevator impressive. At this time of year, the sea lions are out at see feeding rather than in the cave. We did see several out a...More

Thank Conrad N
Reviewed 1 October 2017

For what you get (an elevator ride to a barred wall) it's hardly worth the price. Other than feeling ripped off, it would have been a pretty neat experience.

Thank Christina M
Reviewed 29 September 2017

You can take an elevator down to the caves or walk. I found the old newspaper articles that are on the wall very interesting about the owners of the caves. The view in the caves was not much as the sea lions were not inside....More

Thank kristi30350
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9 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
9 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!