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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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09:00 - 17:00
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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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Amazing to see so many sea lions!!

This was a unique experience to travel down in the elevator to see such a large gathering of sea lions. They were loud! The kids loved it, and there was some beautiful scenery in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So we stopped in here 2 times the first time the sea lions were out and not in the caves. You don't want to pay for something that isn't there. We looked around the shop and left. after going to thor's well we stopped back in an NO sea lions in the caves.. Paid 14 dollars to see a stinky... More 

Thank LondonRayne1
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a unique experience to travel down in the elevator to see such a large gathering of sea lions. They were loud! The kids loved it, and there was some beautiful scenery in the area as well. Well worth it!

Thank galaxy-cm
Henderson, Nevada
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun to interact up close with sea lions like this. Safe but also provides excellent viewing that puts you in the cave, watching them swim in and navigate climbing on the rocks to rest. It puts you amongst all the noise. From top areas you can watch the sea lions swim in the ocean. Continue to the upper deck for... More 

Thank ELBanks
Orem, Utah
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were told to avoid this place as it was a "tourist trap". I say "NO WAY!" This place was awesome! Where else can you see tons of sea lions making a ruckus inside sea caves?! Amazing! It was quite smelly down there but we seriously thought it was so cool. The restrooms were clean and the gift shop smelled... More 

Thank Becky M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip is worth it for the elevator ride. We hadn't realised how for down it would go and watching the yards count down on the inside was scary! The sea lions themselves clearly like their cave and it was good to see them in the 'wild'. There were some interesting facts and short film as well to watch. The... More 

Thank paleandinteretsing
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone should do this once. The sea lion caves have been an attraction on the Oregon coast for decades. There is a gift shop and an observation area that overlooks the ocean. You then walk about 100yards to the elevator that takes you down to the caves.

Thank Rob D
Jasper, Oregon
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

not much to see for the price there is not always sea lions in the caves and you can see them for free on lots of rocks along the coast

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We think seeing America’s largest naturally formed sea cave and the marine life and animals that choose this as their sanctuary is a one-of-a-kind experience. Sea Lion Caves is not a zoo. None of the animals are held in captivity and all are free to come and go as they please. Sea Lion... More 

Langley, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To charge 14.00 was unacceptable. A fee of 7.00 would be reasonable. There were 150 plus sea lions on the rocks.. which you can see for free in Newport by the docks.

Thank DVD1961
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Sea Lion Cave is a must see! Parking is easy , you pay in the cafe, & off along the walk to the lift that takes you down to the cave, sea lions are frolicking in groups in the ocean, gorgeous view of the lighthouse for photo ops as well. The lift goes down quick and then you are... More 

Thank hippyausiesmelbourne
Austintown, Ohio, United States
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The children and I thought this was a really cool little stop on the way up highway 101. We took our time listening to the video and really watching the animals swim in and out of the cave.

Thank Tina H

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