Florence, Oregon: Sea Lion Caves

The World's Largest Sea Cave -- 125 feet high, covering two acres -- filled with bellowing sea lions in Winter and Spring when it's most crowded. 200-foot elevator ride down to the cavern. Cold and wet.
91560 US Hwy 101, Florence, OR
On US Hwy 101, eleven miles north of Florence, 39 miles south of Newport.
Daily 8-6 (Call to verify)
Adults $14.
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Although the sea lions weren't in the cave when I was there, the views both inside and outside were well worth the $14 to get in. It's not interactive; you don't get to pet a sea lion or anything. But that's what makes it so spectacular. A very simple, marvel-at-nature, roadside attraction. The elevator takes you from the top of the cliff, down 200 (?) feet, into an antechamber. Go left to look into the cave, go right to get an amazing view of the coastline north of the cave. If you are driving down the Oregon coastline, your legs are cramping, or you need get off the road for a little bit, then this is definitely worth it.

[Chris F., 11/27/2014]
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Although there were no seals in the caves, we went down anyway. The little museum and cave were pretty cool to go see. There were some whales in the distance, too!

[Harmony, 09/03/2014]
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We have traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, been to many tourist attractions, and can honestly say this place was worth the price of admission. In fact, we were a little skeptical about visiting because in our experience, what do you get for $11? Well, what a pleasant surprise. Wildlife in its natural setting abounds! We saw Sea Lions, 6 different types of birds, and even saw what we were told were Grey Whales feeding off the ocean bottom. The views were incredible, lighthouse to the north along the rugged coast. The cave, which is gigantic, is the reason the wildlife is there and continues to stay unbothered by humans. We applaud the owners and staff for protecting this natural setting and keeping prices to a minimum. Two-Thumbs-Way-Up!

[Rodger Milner, 06/18/2009]
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I couldn't believe the negative comments re: Sea Lion Caves. How many sea lion caves are there where you can view up close these sea lions lounging and resting? Definitely worth the money and seeing.

[h broer, 08/10/2007]
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It's just not worth the money. My tip: Park along the road and look... you can see the sea lions for free in Spring and Summer! The cave is too dark for photos and your too far away to see much anyhow. Not to mention they don't allow photos inside the cave as it may "scare the animals."

[Molly, 07/09/2007]

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