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Sea Lion Caves, Florence

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The largest system of sea caves in the United States, Sea Lion Caves offers the chance to view sea lions up close in their natural habitat. Formed nearly 25 million years ago, the cave measures about 0.8 hectares (2 acres) and is 38 m (125 ft) high. Several caverns connected together by corridors make up the cave system. The Stellar Sea Lions and the California Sea Lions who make this cave their home are truly wild, so they move around freely. Staff can’t guarantee a sighting, but they recommend checking these four areas where the sea lions tend to hang out: in the cave, in the water, at the lookout or rookery, and on nearby rock ledges. Call ahead to confirm whether the sea lions are in the cave on the day of your visit. Even if they’re not, the impressive cave alone is worth a trip. Put Sea Lion Caves into our Florence trip maker site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Florence.
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  • This was a stop on a whim on our coastal trip in mid-September. The cost is $14.00 per person and I really wanted to see the seals. All we got to see was an empty dark cave. I really think they should...  more »
  • We only saw 1 sea lions from the lower deck. The upper deck view was good as we saw plenty but then the view distance is quite far from the upper deck. There was just 1 sea lion still lingering in the...  more »
  • Our family loves sea lions so we figured why not stop! The admission was a little much but worth it for the experience. We loved the gift shop and the view! The newspaper clippings on the way down to ...  more »
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  • I remember coming here as a child and the magical experience I had. My friend and I stopped here on our tour of the coast and found this place to be a great place for learning. From the tunnel that was built for the sea lion cave, to the information on the sea lions. What an amazing place. Thank you to all the staff that makes this place a real joy! A must stop for families and people open to learning.
  • It's a great place to see the seals up close and to see them laying in the sun or my favorite watching them play in the ocean waves. It's very informative and the views all around u are beautiful. You will get many great photos. The only reason I don't give it a 5 star is because I believe it's a little to high in price and with all the walking and the steps that u have to do a lot of people wouldn't be able to do it and enjoy it.
  • So many sea lions hanging out in the caves! This was a fantastic stopping point for the kids. The views of the ocean were spectacular and far reaching. There was a great variety of items for sale in the gift shop. Just be careful saying across the highway from the parking lot.
  • Worth a visit ..there were around a 300 sea lions when we visited.. the caves by itself was beautiful.. the view from the caves - mesmerising.. they have a couple of some very old sea lion skeletons preserved.. couldn't see the sea lions because the their resting place was kinda dark.. flash photography is not allowed..
  • Love this place. Staff is nice and the place is well maintained. Cool gift shop, even has penny stampers. The sea cave is massive and a must see on the Pacific and Oregon coast. It's indescribable, you have to see for yourself. Beautiful scenery. The noises the animals make in the cave are so cool. Cool that it's all privately owned but so we'll kept as something that will be maintained in it's natural beauty for generations.
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