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Sea Lion Caves Florence

Where is it at?

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Sea Lion Caves
91560 Highway 101
Florence
OR
97439
Tel: 541.547.3111

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Located 11 miles north of Florence.

Where are we going today?

Have you explored a sea cave before? It sounds exciting, doesn't it! If you're in Oregon, you just happen to be near the LARGEST sea cave in the USA - Sea Lion Caves

Located just 11 miles north of Florence, on the rugged Oregon coast, Sea Lion Caves is home to hundreds of sea lions - and you can go and see them!

The Stellar sea lions are frequently in the caves, but not all the time so be prepared for that. The Caves aren't a zoo - these creatures are in the wild so they come and go as they please! 

Don't worry too much, because the caves are something special in themselves! Formation began around 25 million years ago (now that is a long time!), and the height of the caves are similar to a 12 story building, and stretch out the length of a football field.

The cave system is at sea level, so the ocean is continually washing into the main cavern. It's a pretty impressive experience! It was first discovered in 1880 by a local seaman, and was eventually opened to the public in 1932. It was a pretty challenging experience though!

Now YOU get to experience these too! You have to travel down 37 steps there are back, then 400 years of uphill and downhill walking. Then, an elevator will take you down into the cave, and then an additional 63 steps. Quite an adventure!

A great experience for the kids, witnessing nature at it's most natural! No zoo restraints or enclosures - this are the sea lions acting just the way they should.

Enjoy!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$14
  • Children$8 (ages 5 to 12)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 7pm daily

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Any Top Tips?

Normally during spring and summer the sea lions are on the rocks outside the cave, but fall and winter they are often in the cave itself.

Doing our bit

The area is protected, and so are the sea lions so they make sure that the tours do not harm the animals, or encroach on them in any way .

Need a little extra help?

Whilst there is an elevator, you do need to climb up and down 37 steps to reach it, and an additional 63 steps to get to the lighthouse viewpoint.

Can I get one of those?

They have a huge store filled with educational items, and well as gifts and souvenirs for you to remember they day by!.

More information

Parking is free!.

What people are saying?

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    OK, beautiful August day. View is just breath taking. Photo opportunity!!!

    Bummer, all the seals left to do the NASTY. What? I saw 3 and I know their is hundreds of them. I remember this place from childhood memories vacation trip.

    Oregon, you are blessed with probably the most gorgeous coast lines in the continental state.

    If you like adventure. Travel and go here. :)

    Love it

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    I would have given it zero stars if I could, its so expensive, maybe charging just 5 dollars a person if that much for the elevator ride.
    We wanted some of the "world famous" popcorn but the machine was empty and cleaned.
    The seals were so far away you could barely see them. Either bring binoculars or quarters for the machines.
    I told the lady who sold us the tickets that my granddaughter was 12 and was charged an adult fee. After leaving I checked the website and she should have charged $6 less.
    In conclusion...Read More

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    Lots of sea lions to see. What's better is the view of the ocean is fantastic. You can also see the light house from there. Breath-taking experience.

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    Great stop off the highway. Nice short walk along the coast to enter the cave and walk around to the viewing area. I was surprised at how large the sea lion cave was. Very awesome indeed. A must see if your driving up the coast.

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    This is a must do! It is definitely better in fall, winter, and spring when the sea lions are in the cave. And as far as the person complaining about the chain link fence... it must have been removed. Obviously they are not going to let you crawl down into the cave with the sea lions... there is a nice railing with discrete wire that you can take pictures through.

    It is good advice to go early in the morning and avoid summer if possible.

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by Larry Enslinger

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I would have given it zero stars if I could, its so expensive, maybe charging just 5 dollars a person if that much for the elevator ride.
We wanted some of the "world famous" popcorn but the machine was empty and cleaned.
The seals were so far away you could barely see them. Either bring binoculars or quarters for the machines.
I told the lady who sold us the tickets that my granddaughter was 12 and was charged an adult fee. After leaving I checked the website and she should have charged $6 less.
In conclusion not worth it.

The Weather

Friday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 57° F / 14° C
Humidity: 73 %
Wind: SW - 11 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 57° F / 14° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: SSW - 16 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 54° F / 12° C
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: SSW - 6 MPH

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