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“Listen to the workers!”
Review of Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves
Ranked #5 of 42 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: 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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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 to see the lions in the correct season. They were amazing! It was so loud, with the bellowing, and the chest-bumping, and the waves crashing, and there was so much going on. The history is interesting, but it was hard to drag myself away from the viewing place to go read about it.
It's a little stinky, but not bad (all animals smell, even us humans) and I recommend binoculars. You don't NEED them, but they're really nice.

Thank slambarama
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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 of excellent fudge, which we purchased for later. We also bought some Triple Berry Wine that we liked a lot. Postcards, books, tee shirts, pretty decorative pieces, toys, etc. Nice place to stretch your legs while driving the coast with lots of free parking.

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 2 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
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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!

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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.

Thank Craig H
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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 nothing short of wild!

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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.

Thank Goldwing89
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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 captivity or against their will. This is where they choose to live. The animals come and go as they please.

Our visitors get to see behind the scenes and see what life is like for these marine animals in real time. Every guest at Sea Lion Caves has a different experience. We think that makes Sea Lion Caves a pretty special place.

Sea Lion Caves. We’re nothing short of wild!

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