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Sea Lion Caves

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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No lions in cave, amazing views out to the ocean!!

Have a live camera to see the sea lions below...none were there - they were out fishing... so we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Views don’t change.

I’ve been to the Sea Lion Caves many times in my life and the views don’t change much. I have... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Boise, Idaho
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“elevator ride”(49 reviews)
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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...more
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Reviewed yesterday

I could stand a watch these guys all day! Parking is limited here unless you want to cross the scary highway - also it was very windy that day - definitely head down into the caves! Spent about 1-1/2 hours here. We watched two bulls...More

Thank Ingrid H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If the sea lions are out to sea, do not waste your time and money. Very disappointing. No staff on duty to engage with guests or answer questions anout cave. Gift shop sells items under false pretense. I have $50 worth of glass with claims...More

Thank KarlaJoW
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you want to see sea lions, this is your place. Be warned, the smell is not good, really not good.

Thank Pete J
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited in October which is not the time of the year that the sea lions are in the cave. I want to note that the personnel at Sea Lion Caves made that abundantly clear, which is why I am flabbergasted that anyone would be...More

Thank c00perjam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok we came in off season. Sea Lions were not in cave. So to see an empty stinking cave it costs $2.00 less then if the sea lions were there. Hello??? We said forget this and drove down the road a 1/2 mile or so...More

Thank rven4ever
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. It is difficult to understand the Sea Lion Caves experience when you didn't actually get to enjoy it for yourself. Because we are an all natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, all of the animals are free to come and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have a live camera to see the sea lions below...none were there - they were out fishing... so we just checked out the gift shop and bought a few souvenirs. No crosswalk across hwy 101 from parking lot... take your chance - RUN!!

Thank PoppinsMagic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been to the Sea Lion Caves many times in my life and the views don’t change much. I have better views of sea lions down in Newport. However, they have a great gift shop and I love the views outside of the gift shop....More

1  Thank Kieande
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From Pacific Coast Highway, Sea Lion Cave looks like your typical 'tourist trap'. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Yep, they want you to spend money in the gift shop, it's a business. But their gifts are really unique souvenirs of the Oregon Coast....More

3  Thank Scott A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at sea lions cave after a long drive ....only to be told that at this time of year the sea lions are out hunting and NOT in the cave . There was nothing on the web page to say this...I was really disappointed. I...More

2  Thank jollygilly
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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. Unlike a zoo, none are held in captivity. The tide, the inhabitants and the weather can all affect the conditions inside...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had to see the Sea Lions from a viewpoint looking down at a rock they were all hanging out on. The smell is pretty bad, but it's really fun watching and listening to them. We then went down in the scary elevator to the...More

1  Thank picklepedro_
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13 September 2018|
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Response from Kitty B | Reviewed this property |
It is a cave, but will be windy and cold. The roads are very narrow and winding, so with the rain and wind can be dangerous traveling. The sea lions are now year round residents, so there should be some taking their leisure.
27 May 2018|
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Response from di0uf | Reviewed this property |
Cloudy...they are inside the cave...they are a bachelor group that didn't find a mate...so they lolll around and eat and sun.Bring coats....even in full sun the wind off the ocean is @ 50 DEGREES and 10-25 mph
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