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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where...

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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Easy trip up or down the coast to the caves. One of the deepest elevators in use takes you into the caves and there you will see the sea lions resting, caring for young and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2015
Betty J
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Florence, Oregon
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Billings
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

The sea lion caves can be a disappointing stop if you expect to see a cave full of sea lions. I have also been told that unless you ask they will sell you a ticket to the sea cave and when you get down to the bottom all you see is a sea cave and no sea lions. They say... More 

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about Sea Lion Caves. As we are an all-natural wildlife preserve, all the animals are free to come and go as they please at Sea Lion Caves. Sea Lion Caves is their chosen home and none of the animals are held in captivity. For that reason there are times we have no sea lions in the... More 

Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

During our visit my daughter loved watching the sea lions. We got a inside 'tip" that the best time to view the sea lions in multiple amounts is just after (or around) thanksgiving. But even in June it was fantastic!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Look, the Sea Lion Caves has been around forever and it is a total tourist trap on the Oregon Coast, but a tourist trap well worth exploring. Enter a everything sea lion and ocean gift shop, pay your tour fees and enter on to an elevator that will take you to the caves below filled with sea lions. A guide... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

They forgot to tell us that there were no sea lions in the cave. It seems that they all left earlier in the day. Everything about this place seems overpriced. On the plus side when we complained to the manager on duty, he refunded our ticket price.

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Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

Stood in line to find out that the sea lions were feeding with just a few stragglers perhaps around. Offered a two dollar discount to view the caves anyway but with the discount still $12 each person. Nice place for some good photos of the Oregon Coast. At least you are told if there aren't Sea Lions to be seen.

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Holton, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

We were disappointed. The staff was very nice and were offering a discount that day, but there was a high probability of not see any sea lions. We could still go in the cave at the discounted rate, but chose not to do so. With the discounted rate, you were allowed to come back for a visit within a year... More 

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Florence, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Easy trip up or down the coast to the caves. One of the deepest elevators in use takes you into the caves and there you will see the sea lions resting, caring for young and possibly fighting (though not likely). There is a fee to enter the caves and you might even get the chance to view sea lions from... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

open for business but no sea lions were there. I think that should be mentioned in travel literature

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

you can smell the sea lions long before you get to see them. This was an interesting stop to see all of the sea lions in the cave from above. A bit pricy but it was fun for the whole family.

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British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Depending on timing there is no guaranteed you'll see any sea lions and the admission is quite pricey. Tips, you can stop by the view point and view the sea lions below nesting in groups by the rocks and great view of the oceans and heceta lighthouse for free!

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