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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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See sea lions

The sea lion caves is a nice little attraction with a decent gift shop and a fairly steep price... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tarmonster1
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Athens, Ohio
Large cave

The walk along the cliffs is pleasant and the views are good and what you would expect in this area... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saturday8
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Granite Bay
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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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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The sea lion caves is a nice little attraction with a decent gift shop and a fairly steep price. It's not something one needs to spend a full day at, but it is cool to see the sea lions. Just make sure that there are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk along the cliffs is pleasant and the views are good and what you would expect in this area of the coast. The cave is huge and of interest, especially if you have never been in a cave before. If you have never seen...More

Thank Saturday8
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, all of the animals are free to come and go as they please. Unlike a zoo, none of our animals are held in captivity. This is where they...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes it may be expensive but it is a great way to safely view and appreciate the nature of the sea lions (and so many in one place1)

Thank Orcinusmoon
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good place to view the Sea Lion along Hwy 101. A family run operation for many years, they pay attention to safety, education about sea lions and provide a good environment in which to observe the sea lions. Make sure you...More

Thank rollinsthomas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun to get to. Educational. Fun to watch and listen to. Waterfall is added experience. Highly recommend for families.

Thank richardb1951
Reviewed 1 week ago

Is this is a tourist attraction? YES Is it overpriced? If you take full advantage of everything offered - NO The fact that they built a shaft down 1,000 feet in order to have access to this unique cave is actually incredible. The videos and...More

Thank Nicole W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, it was such an awesome thing to see all of the sea lions in the cave. It was dark and wet and kinda spooky which is awesome. The view of the Heceta Lighthouse at the other end of the cave was a great thing...More

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a tourist trap, and is expensive for what you get. But, where else are you going to see a cave full of sea lions?More

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We think seeing America’s largest naturally formed sea cave that was formed over 25 million years ago is a pretty special treat by itself. When you add in all of the sea lions and marine wildlife that choose...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This attraction is crazy expensive for what you're able to see. The seals and sea lions are visible at several places along the coast -- without having to pay such a significant fee. Save your money and look for them elsewhere...More

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Certainly there are other places to view sea lions at various times. Seeing America’s largest naturally formed sea cave, that was formed over 25 million years ago, and getting a back stage pass to see how these marine...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was fun to see the cave and all of the sea lions, but not sure it was worth the price of entry. The workers were nice and helpful.More

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

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Our pricing is generally 10-20 percent below similar family oriented attractions. Our adult ticket 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....More

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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!
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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
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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
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