We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sea Lion Caves

Features Animals
91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Another road#ide attraction

Another roadside attraction. If you have been to the corn palace and mammoth caves you must add sea... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cavydad
,
Camarillo, California
Magical! 100 Sea Lions!

One of the top most amazing things I have ever seen! The cave was full of Sea Lions. It sounded... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sheri T
,
York, North Dakota
Read all 1,284 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“gift shop” (144 reviews)
“elevator ride” (49 reviews)
“viewing area” (62 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
LOCATION
91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
CONTACT
Website
+1 541-547-3111
Write a Review
Reviews (1,284)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 1,242 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Another roadside attraction. If you have been to the corn palace and mammoth caves you must add sea lion caves to your checklist. Be there sea lion, there were for us, loud and smelly, or not, the caves are fascinating. Gift shop and all the...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the top most amazing things I have ever seen! The cave was full of Sea Lions. It sounded very eerie with their roars echoing off the cave walls. A one of a kind experience to see them in the gigantic cave. Lots of...More

Thank Sheri T
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to Sea Lion Caves! We too think Sea Lion Caves is an amazing one of a kind experience. Thank you again for writing about your wonderful adventure....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We swung in here because we had been driving for a while and wanted to take a break. I was not expecting it to be so interesting. We saw many sea lions! They also have a lot of history and interesting points to talk about....More

1  Thank PSinternational
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our visit. Hearing from happy customers always makes our day. Thank you for sharing your comments. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour group arrived to the new that all the sea lions were elsewhere. We were foolhardy enough to venture down to the caves as the receptionist said there was a seal there. False alarm. Large gift shop but lack of sea lions meant that...More

Thank Terry H
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 the animals come and go as they please. None of the animals are held in captivity. So, there may be occasions that we have no sea lions in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately, the seals and sea lions were all out feeding at the time we visited. That was obviously not anyone’s fault..it is just nature being nature. They let us know up front that they were not in the cave and they gave us a 1...More

1  Thank gwens969
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place even, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great homemade fugue, even though we came at a time when the sea lions are not typically there, it was still fun to visit the caves and we actually did get to see 2 sea lions!

Thank Tara D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we arrived in the morning it was foggy so thought we would come back in the afternoon (hopefully when the fog had cleared) but were advised by friendly informative ticket staff that there were no sea lions in the cave because of this there...More

Thank Joel43_12
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping at Sea Lion Caves. We are sorry that you didn’t get to enjoy the experience for yourself. As you mentioned, it is our policy to inform all visitors before purchasing a ticket, if we have no sea lions in the cave....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never seen a place like this in the states. An elevator takes you 180 feet down to a rather large cave. There is a couple of sea lion skeletons and numerous education posters and videos. On one side you look out into a...More

Thank Lynn N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

$27 to ride the elevator to the sea caves. When we got there we were told there are never any sea lions in the caves this time of year. If you want to see sea lions, go up to Newport and walk on the pier....More

Thank bcj8160
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Our adult admission price is $14.00 each. Seniors are $13.00 each and children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 each. Children ages 4 and younger are free. Parking is also free. It remains our policy to inform all...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Although the sea lions were out of the cave, this was a great place to visit. They give you a discounted fee when the seals are out and about. Save your receipt and you'll be able to come back free of charge during the winter...More

Thank Vangen007
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Chens Family Dish
181 reviews
13.94 km away
Rosa's Florence Mexican Restaurant
97 reviews
14.67 km away
Dutch Bros. Coffee
60 reviews
15.43 km away
Fresh Harvest Cafe
65 reviews
14.45 km away
Nearby Attractions
Heceta Head Lighthouse
945 reviews
1.73 km away
Heceta Beach
59 reviews
1.60 km away
Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint
10 reviews
1.98 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Soph851
8 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 13 answers
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
1
Vote
Soph851
8 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
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
2
Votes
Carrie C
10 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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!
0
Votes