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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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Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned business. There is parking on the same side and across the... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
LaurieS3
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a lovely place to have carnival type foods. Popcorn, fudge and exquisite views of the sea. I go... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2017
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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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“viewing area” (62 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned business. There is parking on the same side and across the road. You can actually go into the cave and potentially see the sea lions inside. Great to bring binoculars. There is an odor!!

Thank LaurieS3
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

a lovely place to have carnival type foods. Popcorn, fudge and exquisite views of the sea. I go there all the time.

Thank Sandra K
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Unless you really want to descend into a really stinky cave to see sea lions, you are better off to pull off the highway into one of the viewing areas just north of the Caves. Usually there are dozens of sea lions pulled out on...More

Thank esconopeles
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thanks for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Sea Lion Caves is an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary. Everything you see, hear and smell is exactly as nature intended it to be. We think that this is one of the most unique aspects of visiting Sea...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017

We came here once in the summertime, and the workers let us know that there were no creatures in the cave, that they were out eating or mating or doing outdoors activities. We loved them for saving our dollars and made a special trip out...More

Thank slambarama
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We agreed that we actually prefer seeing the sea lions from the cliff sides (which is easily done all up and down the coast), but this is worth the stop for the great gift shop and cliff side views. Free fudge tasting with a variety...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our Oregon trip. Don’t miss this when you drive the Oregon coast. Very interesting.

Thank HappyEater923
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and writing about your experience. We are so happy that we were one of the highlights of your Oregon trip! Nothing makes our day like hearing from happy customers. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I like to see local wildlife and preserves. It was awesome to be able to see the sea lions in their natural habitat without disturbing them.More

Thank Craig H
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves and taking time to write about your visit! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Nothing makes us happier than hearing from happy customers! We think it is a pretty special place too. Sea Lion Caves. We’re...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

I can only say.....once in a lifetime experience....because it has the most horrid smell down there I've ever smelled.More

Thank Goldwing89
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because Sea Lion Caves is an all natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, everything is real. All of the sights, sounds and smells are real. We are not a zoo, and none of the animals are held in...More

Reviewed 21 November 2017

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 18 November 2017

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 21 November 2017

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

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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
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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