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Sea Lion Caves

Features Animals
91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Seal Lion sanctuary

The elevator to the underground cave is nice & very handicap accessible. Saw approximately 100 sea... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Stephen D
Redmond, Oregon
via mobile
Interesting stop on the Oregon Coast!

It is a huge underground cavern that has lighting and stairs and it is filled with sea lions that... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Kurt W
Nampa, Idaho, United States
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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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“elevator ride” (50 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 14 August 2016 via mobile

The elevator to the underground cave is nice & very handicap accessible. Saw approximately 100 sea lions. Price is reasonable. 13.00 for Seniors.

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 14 August 2016

It is a huge underground cavern that has lighting and stairs and it is filled with sea lions that have been frequenting this cave for who knows how long. The sea lions are noisy and seem to do a good job of broadcasting their dominance...More

Thank Kurt W
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

My folks and I enjoyed our visit to the sea lion caves. There were some sea lions in the cave, and others were basking ion the rocks a short walk away. Interesting attraction that provides a break from driving down the 101.

Thank Jennifer E
Reviewed 13 August 2016

This stop just north of Florence has gained more popularity since our visit about 14 years ago. You still enter thru the gift shop/ ticket office then wander over boardwalk paths to admire ocean views. This time of year the sea lions are all hanging...More

Thank napalovers
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We love stopping and seeing quirky, unusual attractions when we vacation and we just had to stop at this one. They have a huge gift shop and our travel book said to try the fudge. It is very good and has different flavors like marion...More

Thank Adventuredawgs
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting opportunity to witness both the sea lions in their natural environment as well as the splendour of the cavern. As the beasts were lolling outside on our visit we had to enjoy these aspects separately, but an enjoyable experience nonetheless.

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

The sea lion caves have always been one of my favorite stops on the Oregon coast. We came this year at the end of the mating/berthing season so there were only sea lions on the rocks at the lookout point - none in the caves....More

Thank branderpluck
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This is the only rookery (place where sea lions rest) on the coast, according to one of the signs. They rest outside in the spring and summer and inside the cave in fall and winter. It was still interesting to take the elevator down to...More

Thank scarletb
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The Sea Lions Cavew are a different experiencefor those seeking seals in the wild. We found the views great and watched pods of Seals and Sea Lions playing in the open water and viewed them from the cliff above. Very worthwhile. We did take the...More

Thank BKL33458
Reviewed 11 August 2016

There were no sea lions in the caves. If you walk around there are beautiful views and sea lions on the rocks below.

Thank kjzrsz
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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!