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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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  • 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.
  • First time I came here was in the summer and unfortunately the sea lions are NOT THERE in the summer. But they give you a receipt allowing you to come back within a year for free. So I came back in the winter, when the sea lions are there and it was very cool. It smells like a** but it was awesome. Lots of educational stuff and a fun little gift shop. Great coastal views and a view of the lighthouse close by. Second largest sea cave in the world. Pretty cool.
  • Fun stop to see sea lions and scenic views. Elevator takes you down to the sea lion level and back up-- no long flight of stairs. Take a little time to let your eyes adjust in the dark so you can see the sea lions better. They lounge on the rocks, swim in the water, and have antics with each other. When inside, go to the upper desk to see a great view of the lighthouse and a waterfall when it flows. Gift shop and snack bar available on site.
  • This is a wonderful experience for the whole family. It is educational as well as fun. The small store on the side of the road may mislead first time visitors. But the sea lion caverns are hidden drown a short path and down any elevator ride. The natural cave allows the sea to splash protected rocky shoes where the sea lions rest and socialize. The public area is above and begins wire mesh fencing that that's allows the easy viewing and listening of the sea lion horde. Educational films and placards are inside the public caverns.
  • I'm only giving this place a 3 star but that may not be fair because it's not their fault that the sea lions decided to swim out into the ocean for lunch. Therefore there weren't any sea lions to see. I do have to come in them for the letting us know before we bought the tickets that the sea lions were not available for viewing but you could see the caves. They offered a discount on the tickets and they said it was good for a year if you came back to see the sea lions. It's unlikely that I'll be back this way in my lifetime. But at least they were being fair about it.

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