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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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Fun break from the road

We swung in here because we had been driving for a while and wanted to take a break. I was not... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
PSinternational
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Post Falls, Idaho
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No Sea Lions

Our tour group arrived to the new that all the sea lions were elsewhere. We were foolhardy enough... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Terry H
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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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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“gift shop” (145 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We swung in here because we had been driving for a while and wanted to take a break. I was not expecting it to be so interesting. We saw many sea lions! They also have a lot of history and interesting points to talk about....More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our visit. Hearing from happy customers always makes our day. Thank you for sharing your comments. Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Our tour group arrived to the new that all the sea lions were elsewhere. We were foolhardy enough to venture down to the caves as the receptionist said there was a seal there. False alarm. Large gift shop but lack of sea lions meant that...More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary the animals come and go as they please. None of the animals are held in captivity. So, there may be occasions that we have no sea lions in...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately, the seals and sea lions were all out feeding at the time we visited. That was obviously not anyone’s fault..it is just nature being nature. They let us know up front that they were not in the cave and they gave us a 1...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Great place even, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great homemade fugue, even though we came at a time when the sea lions are not typically there, it was still fun to visit the caves and we actually did get to see 2 sea lions!

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

When we arrived in the morning it was foggy so thought we would come back in the afternoon (hopefully when the fog had cleared) but were advised by friendly informative ticket staff that there were no sea lions in the cave because of this there...More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you for stopping at Sea Lion Caves. We are sorry that you didn’t get to enjoy the experience for yourself. As you mentioned, it is our policy to inform all visitors before purchasing a ticket, if we have no sea lions in the cave....More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

I have never seen a place like this in the states. An elevator takes you 180 feet down to a rather large cave. There is a couple of sea lion skeletons and numerous education posters and videos. On one side you look out into a...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

$27 to ride the elevator to the sea caves. When we got there we were told there are never any sea lions in the caves this time of year. If you want to see sea lions, go up to Newport and walk on the pier....More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Our adult admission price is $14.00 each. Seniors are $13.00 each and children ages 5 to 12 are $8.00 each. Children ages 4 and younger are free. Parking is also free. It remains our policy to inform all...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Although the sea lions were out of the cave, this was a great place to visit. They give you a discounted fee when the seals are out and about. Save your receipt and you'll be able to come back free of charge during the winter...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We were here in late September and were told there are seldom sea lions in the cave at this time of year since they are often out feeding. We could have gone in to view the cave itself but declined since we had seen it...More

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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for stopping at Sea Lion Caves. Because we are not a zoo, none of the animals at Sea Lion Caves are held in captivity. All of the animals are free to come and go as they please. For that reason, there are times...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

We traveled over to Florence to enjoy the coast for a day and visited the hundreds of crazy lazy sealions lounging on rocks in the cave and diving in to take a bath. great stop on the coast trip!More

Thank David B
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William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and watching the sea lions in the cave. Sea Lion Caves is a unique experience. Observing how these wild animals live and play with each other is very...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
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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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