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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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Husband andI traveling with two girls under 5 on our way to see the Sea Lion Caves. We headed south... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
jennanelson14
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Boise, Idaho
The kids loved it

So in the summer the sea lions are at the outlook instead of in the caves. I have a telephoto... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
JVKoe
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Las Vegas, NV
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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 29 August 2016

Husband andI traveling with two girls under 5 on our way to see the Sea Lion Caves. We headed south from Lincoln city and thought we would get gas in Yachats.... Nope, all closed. We would have ran out of gas before getting to the...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2016

So in the summer the sea lions are at the outlook instead of in the caves. I have a telephoto camera lens so the kids were able to look through and see them, but if not, you had to pay to use the telescope to...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Cost too much to go down to see the sea lions, plenty of other places to see them for free. Great view of the ocean but mainly a tourist trap.More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. If you compare our pricing to similar family oriented attractions, you’ll find that our pricing is generally 10 to 30 percent less than other family friendly venues. It is very costly to preserve and protect this all natural...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

We recently visited the Sea Lion Caves north of Florence, OR with a cold wind and mist rolling off the Pacific. The place was buzzing with tourists, all of us looking to catch a glimpse of the sea lions that inhabit this area. It was...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Excellent family adventure. Touristy, but quite a fun little stop. They are noisey though. Would take my grandkids for sure.

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

If you want to see sea lions up close be careful what time of year you visit. They only use the cave in the winter months. Other times they are outside and it's a long view to see them. The ticket price may be slightly...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The caves were empty because the sea lions were busy sunning themselves on the rocks. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as there are a lot of steep areas .

Thank Kim A
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

They gave us a $2 per person discount (so $12 instead of $14) because they said the sea lions weren't in the cave, but you could still see them. True, but from several hundred feet above them and at an angle. They should have an...More

Thank Scott S
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. As you mentioned, we do discount our admission price when there are no sea lions in the cave. As we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary, all of the animals are free to come and go...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Too bad. There were none there to be seen. The little shop had good popcorn and some cute nick knacks.

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Reviewed 24 August 2016

We went to the cave and observation deck. Cool cave and good info. Unfortunately, the fog was thick and so we didn't see a single sea lion, while we were there, today. I have to agree with another poster, this is a tourist trap. Tons...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
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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
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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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