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Florence, Oregon: Sea Lion Caves

Largest Sea Cave in the USA -- 125 feet high, covering two acres -- filled with bellowing sea lions in Winter and Spring when it's most crowded. 208-foot elevator ride down to the cavern. No lights, so it can be dark on dark days. Cold, wet, and smelly.

91560 US-101, Florence, OR
On US-101 eleven miles north of Florence, 39 miles south of Newport.
Daily 9-7 summer, 9-5 winter (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $14.
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Sea Lion Caves.

Sea Lion Caves

We took our kids and they had a blast. Although they held their noses most of the time, it was fun to see, and they were amazed by how many sea lions there were. They were jumping off the rocks and barking and fighting. The site offered some great views, too. I'd definitely stop in for the hour that it takes in total.

[Kerstin, 08/06/2021]
Sea Lion Caves

Tends to be a little chilly so a sweater is recommended. If you have binoculars grab them. Also there are two trails. Be sure to walk both.

[Sheryl C, 07/25/2019]

Sea Lion Caves.

Sea Lion Caves

Cost is still $14. It was mating season. We could see the sea lions playing in the water. The cave is very interesting, too.

[peaceandchaos, 11/26/2017]

Sea Lion Cave.

Sea Lion Caves

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]
Sea Lion Caves

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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