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“Mediocre visit”
Review of Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves
Ranked #10 of 42 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Definitely a tourist spot. The cave took about 15 minutes to see and read everything offered. The views were nice, but not amazing. The cave was full of sea lions, but had an awful odor. I will most likely not return.

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves.

Unlike a zoo, Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary. Everything is undisturbed and real including the sights, sounds and smells. Our visitors enjoy the unique opportunity to see behind-the-scenes and experience how these animals actually live, play and interact with each other. This 25 million year old, naturally formed sea cave is their chosen home and where they feel safe. We are very honored that we have the opportunity to preserve and protect this rare natural monument for future generations to enjoy.

Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We had never heard of the Sea Lion Cave, even though we had been to the Oregon Coast several times, so when we were traveling to this area of the coast, and learned of the caves and seal lions, we had to stop. So very happy we stopped here! You take an elevator down to the cave, and there is a viewing area of the largest sea cave in the US. What I liked was the viewing area was not chain link- it was horizontal wires that provided excellent views of the cave. There are about 300 sea lions, according to the receptionist, all playing in the sea, riding the waves as they enter the cave, and laying on the "beach" area of the cave. The sound of all these sea lions barking is magical:-). The cave extends to the back with a good view of the Haceta lighthouse. Back up, there is another viewing area of sea lions on a beach. There is a video of the history, and information on the relationship they have with environmental groups. The cost was good (senior discounts:-). We worth the 2 or so hours we spent here.

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves!

We are delighted to hear from happy customers and so happy that you discovered us! We couldn’t have written a better review ourselves! Thank you for sharing this!

Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

So I'm torn here. The place is a total "tourist trap", but I'm so glad we stopped and did it. The overpriced ticket gets you a ride in an elevator into the cave where you can gaze upon the sea lions napping or doing their thing. You're not too close to them and everyone crowds in a small space to catch a view. You can also wander around the grounds and take more pictures of the stunning beauty of the Oregon coast. Then head back into the gift shop to buy more stuff. The staff were very nice and it was a fun place to visit, but I do think the tickets are way overpriced.

Thank krisgils33
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

As you travel the coastline of OR you can stop and see the Sea Lion Caves about 10 miles from Florence, OR. Once you purchase your ticket, you walk several stairs and then a long ramp above the coastline, take an elevator down to the cave level (this is NOT handicapped accessible). We saw about 200 sea lions inside the cave with the rhythmic tides washing more in and out. The viewing point is inside the cave, but several feet above the animals. It was fascinating.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We saw over 200 sea lions and enjoyed this afternoon activity. It is a great way to see sea lions in a natural habitat.

Thank Stacey J
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