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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where...

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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It's a good educational place for the kids

There is a bit of a walk, great view, a elevator to the caves. It was very interesting for the kids. A bit of a smell,as the Sea Lions don't clean up after themselves much. Lol

Reviewed 15 December 2015
Diane J
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83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

There is a bit of a walk, great view, a elevator to the caves. It was very interesting for the kids. A bit of a smell,as the Sea Lions don't clean up after themselves much. Lol

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Beausejour MB
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

We we were there at the wrong timeiof the year----the sea lions are only in-house late winter / early spring and you will receive a voucher for a free visit within a year of your visit. Having driven 2,000 miles to see the sea lions, a voucher does not help me. To pay the $14.00 fee is not worth it,... More 

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and sanctuary, none of our animals are held in captivity, and all are free to come and go as they please, there are times of the year when we may not have sea lions in the cave. We think that is one of the most unique... More 

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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

We went to view the Sea Lion caves in late August. It was quite a disappointment to my little girls to get there and see no sea lions. The cave was really neat and the look outs are amazing. The staff was friendly and helpful and supplied us with a rain check good for one year to come back when... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

Fortunately the closed circuit tv saves you the fee. Nice views and gift store. Sea lions had yet to arrive. Allegedly due soon.

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thomaston, CT
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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015

i can only give a review of when the lions were not in the cave in august. while it might be cool when they are there, even with the discount it was a waste of money. there were 0 sea lions. the gift shop was just a tacky tourist trap. go furthur down the coast to simpson reef at cape... More 

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write about your visit last August to Sea Lion Caves. One of the greatest things about Sea Lion Caves is that every visitor has a unique experience. All of the animals are free to come and go as they please. For that reason, no two days are ever alike at Sea Lion Caves. Some... More 

Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

The obvious attraction is the large cave which is during the winter months used by in times several hundred sea lions and is the only colony of Stellar's sea lions on the Oregon coast. These months are impressive and the cave is filled with the roars of the Stellar's sea lions. In spring and summer the sea lions can be... More 

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Puyallup, Washington
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015

We stopped here in late September, and the sea lions were not yet in the cave. However, we did enjoy the gift shop (my son found a stuffed seal he fell in love with). We did not pay to go to the caves (they offer a discount when the sea lions are not in the cave), but we did see... More 

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping at Sea Lion Caves. One of the unique features of Sea Lion Caves is that we are an all-natural wildlife preserve. All of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are free to come and go as they please and none are held in captivity. We are also the home of America’s largest naturally formed sea cave.... More 

Bremerton, Washington
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

In a small building tucked along the Oregon coast, visitors can step inside and see what is one of the area's historic tourist spots. Sea Lion Caves has been wowing guests for decades, with up-close views of the sea lion's nesting habitat. As a word of note, I did not do much research before stopping. I went in the fall,... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

This place is awesome. You go down a elevator to the cave and walk on a walkway to the viewing area. Cave is very big and beautiful. No sea lions in cave when we were there but you can see them in the water from viewing areas. Lots of them around. Maybe next time they will be in the cave... More 

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Lakemont, Georgia
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

Disappointing visit since the Sea Lions were "Out to Lunch". A $2.00 discount to view the "empty" caves was graciously offered with a free return ticket valid within 1 year, however there was a wait due to maintenance on the elevators. I took my time in the nice gift shop which included a fudge counter. There a few other snacks... More 

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We do put a top priority on guest safety at Sea Lion Caves and elevator maintenance is a necessary practice. Because of our location, it does take longer for us to get elevator service at times, but rest assured we are taking every precaution to insure guest safety. We appreciate your understanding. We... More 

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