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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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Save your money and go to the docks at Newport

Not sure this was the best way to spend $64 on my family. Yes, you can walk down a paved path and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Great tourist trap

Beautiful part of the coast. We stopped for the gift shop only because the sea lions themselves are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
San Jose, California
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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” (138 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 3 days ago via mobile

Not sure this was the best way to spend $64 on my family. Yes, you can walk down a paved path and look at 50+ sea lions on a cliff about 1000 feet away. Then take a elevator down into a cave where you see...More

Thank RachelleLay
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful part of the coast. We stopped for the gift shop only because the sea lions themselves are not in the cave during the summer, so ask before you pay the $15/person. The cost of walking on the private trails to the beach overlook was...More

Thank KCV123
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to visit the Sea Lion Caves for the first time this August. Perhaps not the best time of year, but there were a number of sea lions on the rock inside the cave. There is alot of walking required, but there is an...More

Thank Edward Thomas M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Expensive and not very interesting, especially in Summer when the sea lions aren't in the cave. A little up north, the waves at Spouting Horn are spectacular and free. Sea lions are about everywhere in the West Coast.

Thank Marcel D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were lucky on the day of visit, the number of sea lions were many. The operator put in great effort to build a 180 feet lift down to the cave, unfortunately, apart from viewing sea lions lying around the rock in the cave, there's...More

Thank petersjsim
Reviewed 6 days ago

We knew going in that there were not large number of sea lions in the cave. There are live monitors you can see before purchasing tickets. It would have been something to see the cave fuller. It was a cool cave, nice that there was...More

Thank lovewashington
Reviewed 6 days ago

I wouldn't go back, even if with others who hadn't been before. But I'm relatively glad I did go once. There is a population of 100+ sea lions on display. The come and go on the rocks below and in the cave. The scenery is...More

Thank BamaVol
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
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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