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Sea Lion Caves, Florence

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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. Add Sea Lion Caves and other attractions to your Florence trip itinerary using our Florence trip generator.
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  • Well worth a stop on the way down the west coast even though we were short of a few sea lions. Great shots of the lighthouse. 
  • We knew there would be a risk that the sea lions wouldn't be in the cave, but we still made this a stop on our trip. So glad that we did. We are east coasters who saw the Pacific Ocean for the first t...  read more »
  • The sea lion caves are a must see when travelling the Oregon coast. We stopped in and went down into the caves with our family visitors from Pennsylvania even though we knew the sea lions were out. Th...  read more »
  • This is definitely something you do at least once if you can appreciate natural wonders and wildlife. Be wary of what time of the year it is because that affects where exactly the sea lions will be. You'll always be able to see them, but it may not be in the actual sea cave. The sea cave itself is quite a sight, it's hard to believe that something like it exists naturally. That said, getting there involves a bit of steep walking and a long elevator ride. It's not bad, but something to note. I'd say the biggest downside is that the price is a little high for how much time you'll actually spend there. Try not to let that discourage you too much, though.
  • Kinda cool. Definitely something to see at least once. Smells a bit down in the cave. Might bring a mask next time. Very well done though.
  • I thought it was a huge rip off. The cave was OK; it would be hard to see any other way. Save your money and drive 32 miles north to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The fee for that area was $7 a car (or free with national park pass). There were many sea lions, harbour seals, gray whales, and other sea life.
  • Amazing to look at. The only complain I had was that the elevator was broken so we couldn't go down. But then they let us in for free :).
  • It was about $22 for my daughter and me. Their "world famous popcorn" is OK, but even my eight-year-old wasn't overwhelmed. The walk was nice, but is steep and includes lots of stairs, so keep that in mind. The sea lions are barely visible with the naked eye, but you can hear them. Bring quarters for the binoculars or bring your own. The cave should be a better view, but there weren't any sea lions there when we were visiting.
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