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Sea Lion Caves

#5 of 42 things to do in Florence Features Animals
91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Was expecting more. just Okay

If your passing by I would stop for the views and certainly if you have kids they will enjoy it. I... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Edmonton, Canada
Tourist Trap!

This attraction was way too expensive or what we saw and did while we were there. There were only... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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” (135 reviews)
“elevator ride” (45 reviews)
“viewing area” (58 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Reviewed yesterday

If your passing by I would stop for the views and certainly if you have kids they will enjoy it. I was expecting to see a load of seals but only some laying around on one rock doing nothing. Outside the caves the seals were...More

Thank P M
Reviewed yesterday

This attraction was way too expensive or what we saw and did while we were there. There were only about 12 sea lions inside the cave and the ones outside on the rocks were way too far away to see.

Thank Jill M
Reviewed yesterday

There is not really anything to see here. It's an elevator ride to a viewing point to see a lot of sea lions. If you do dtop, be careful not to be hit and killed by a car while scurrying across the highway from the...More

Thank Kai S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A little pricey at $14/person, but I suppose that elevator cost millions to drill through solid rock down 175'to the cave floor. On a summer day we had about 20 lions in the cave and maybe 60more outside on rocks. Well maintained fences and pathwsys,...More

Thank jay a
Reviewed 3 days ago

Such a fun stop along the 101! There's an outside viewing area where the sea lions perch at the bottom of the cliff and you can hear them grouching and talking long before you see them. Be sure to have quarters to use the binoculars,...More

1  Thank pnwhiker7
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a family friendly place to stop and check out the sea life! The cave was a fun way to see the sea lions in their natural environment. The gift shop also had amazing popcorn and gifts for everyone on your list!

Thank Elea2020
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I've lived in Oregon most of my life and I've never been here. It was fun. I expected more than an elevator down into a cave to view sea lions from far away. It's a beautiful place to look out but for $14 a person...More

Thank Kirsten M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We decided to stop off along the highway and see what this place was all about. It was quite busy inside and in some areas difficult to get a spot to watch the sea lions. You are not close to the sea lions, quite a...More

Thank Travis B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had been to San Fransisco and a couple of places along the coast on our way up so we were aware that the sea lions go away at this time of year for mating season.They are wild animals after all, not captives. We parked...More

Thank lyntraveller50
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for stopping by Sea Lion Caves. We are sorry that you didn’t get to enjoy the Sea Lion Caves experience for yourself. It is our policy to inform all visitors before they purchase a ticket if we have no sea lions in the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited in August of 2017. We had the best time... got there about 45 minutes before closing which was plenty of time. The staff were very engaged and had a great sense of humor. We started out at the viewing station and spotted several whales....More

Thank roadtripusa2017
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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!
Kristin P
14 May 2017|
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Response from Joanna T | Reviewed this property |
There is a gift shop.. free to browse in. with a huge big screen tv.. with a live feed to watch the Sea Lions.. if you choose to go down to the caves ( you walk down stairs outside ) the cost is: Adults: $14.00... More
Kristin P
13 May 2017|
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Response from paleandinteretsing | Reviewed this property |
i think it would be fine. it was wet the day we went and we didn't have a problem