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Sea Lion Caves

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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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awesome place

Awesome place to visit. fun family outing, great view of many sea lions and picture opportunities... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janice B
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Battle Ground, Washington
Great view of the sea lions

We stopped in recently to check this attraction out. We were told before we bought our tickets... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris1963
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Roseburg, Oregon
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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” (146 reviews)
“elevator ride” (50 reviews)
“viewing area” (62 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome place to visit. fun family outing, great view of many sea lions and picture opportunities. We had fun even in the rain and 150 sea lions in cave.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in recently to check this attraction out. We were told before we bought our tickets that the cave was full of sea lions. We were not disappointed! There had to have been at least 75 if not more in the cave, all bellowing...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thought this activity sounded interesting & I read the previous mixed reviews, so I was prepared for the cost & possibility of not seeing the wildlife. As luck would have it, there were one hundred or more sea lions in the cave! Winter is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sea Lion Caves... Big huge signs... it makes it look like a great space to spot some seals. However your paying 14 dollars a person for an elevator ride to look out a 5x10 foot hole at sea lions in a dark cave. The seals...More

Thank Christin M
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. The majority of our visitors feel that seeing sea lions in their natural habitat in Amercia’s largest naturally formed sea cave is a rare treat. This is where the sea lions choose to live. Sea Lion Caves provides...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a stop on a whim on our coastal trip in mid-September. The cost is $14.00 per person and I really wanted to see the seals. All we got to see was an empty dark cave. I really think they should reduce the fees...More

Thank cheryle h
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, and all of the animals are free to come and go as they please, there are times that we may not have sea lions in the cave. We...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We only saw 1 sea lions from the lower deck. The upper deck view was good as we saw plenty but then the view distance is quite far from the upper deck. There was just 1 sea lion still lingering in the cave where the...More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. All of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are free to come and go as they please. Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary and none of the inhabitants are held in captivity. For...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Our family loves sea lions so we figured why not stop! The admission was a little much but worth it for the experience. We loved the gift shop and the view! The newspaper clippings on the way down to the elevator is a great touch....More

1  Thank mojohnson_22
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and sharing your experience! Nothing makes us happier than hearing from customers who say we were the highlight of their trip! We love that so much! Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

This stop is a must! My family loved it so much. The views of the ocean, lighthouse, caves and of course sea lions are amazing. We enjoyed listening to the sounds of the sea lions and the waves crashing in the caves. Very clean and...More

1  Thank broncos69
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and writing about your experience. Nothing makes our day like hearing from happy customers. Thank you for the recommendation. We think Sea Lion Caves is a pretty special too. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

I figured this would be a hokey but fun family activity. It was, but it was also fascinating. We had the good fortune to be there at peak time. It was noisy and smelly (but how were the sea lions....:) ). Very interesting to learn...More

1  Thank tyandjess
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Even in the cold the animals were fun to watch. The facilities were clean and access was eas. We enjoyed it

Thank Mark S
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves! We love hearing from happy customers. So glad that you enjoyed your visit with us! Thanks again for visiting. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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Soph851
8 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
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Soph851
8 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
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Carrie C
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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!
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