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Address: 91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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+1 541-547-3111
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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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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Winter visit

Winter is a great time to visit. 150+ sea lions in cave on the day we visited. Awesome to see in the wild!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
DanClarke87
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Townsville, Australia
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Denver, Colorado
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very cool elevator to the sea lion caves. More sea lions than you can imagine! I must for kids and kids at heart!

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Thank thehighprincess
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was suspicious of this outfit. How many animals would there be? Would it feel like a museum? There were over 200 sea lions in this naturally created ocean cave. They were lounging on the walls of the cave, and talking - which is really more of a groan. The waves would thunder in, soaking the sea lions. It was... More 

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You're paying to see the world's largest sea cave. $14 adults, $13 Seniors and $8 kids 5-14. The one good thing about the timing of our trip is that the sea lions are in the cave during the winter. They said there were around 200 of them in there. There's a bunch of info, a short video, and a viewing... 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 are happy you and your family were able to experience hundreds of sea lions in the cave. It is truly a remarkable experience to see these wild animals in their chosen home inside this naturally formed sea grotto. If you compare our prices to similar family oriented attractions you’ll find that our... More 

Hudson, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The day we were there we only saw 1 sea lion in the caves - the rest were out. Got to see them outside in the water but was not what we were looking for. They do have a sign saying they might not be in the cave at all times but it is expensive to see none.

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Thank pamjayne58
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 marine sanctuary, all of the animals are free to come and go as they please. Unlike a zoo, none of the animals are held in captivity. There are times that we may not have sea lions in the cave. We do inform our visitors before... More 

TTO
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6 attraction reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highly commercialized, over rated. We arrived at 3.55pm ( last entrance tickets sold at 4pm) so I asked if it was worth going down. Unfortunately the weather was terrible, wet, grey and windy hence my concern for visibility down in the caves. I was told this wasn't a problem and we would be fine. We go down and its a... 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. Our goal is to ensure every guest has an enjoyable experience. As you stated, we refunded your money in an attempt to achieve that. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, there are times that the weather can be a factor in the cave. This is the Oregon coast and... More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect from this roadside pull off. Found it to be a pleasant surprise with beautiful views of the coast, Heceta Head Lighthouse and of course the cave itself. Tons of sea lions putting up quite the ruckus. Super cool!

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very unique and awe-inspiring natural wonder that even impressed our two usually 'jaded' teens. They do provide a military discount for tickets, so that was a nice bennie. The views of the coast are spectacular even before you go down into the cave. Yes, there is a distinct smell in the cave but not overpowering in the coolness of... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Winter is a great time to visit. 150+ sea lions in cave on the day we visited. Awesome to see in the wild!

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2 Thank DanClarke87
Osoyoos, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had passed the caves on the way to the RV park we had booked and realized it wasn't far away so went back to it one day. Once we got there, we decided that we would have driven a long way to see it! The sealions were noisy and entertaining - such characters. We were fortunate to see plenty... More 

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2 Thank BritsInABus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in on a beautiful day in December. No crowds and lots of sunshine. Our teenage boys enjoyed filming and photographing the noisy sea lions. A unique, smelly and interesting experience!

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