Sea Lion Caves2 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 91560 U.S. 101, Florence, OR 97439, USA, Rockaway Beach, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-5415473111
- Tags: Cave, Family And Kids
Identified by the Guinness Book of World Record as the largest sea cave in America, Sea Lion Caves is a system of connected grottos. This privately-owned attraction was discovered in 1888. There are three entrances to the cave system and is accessible through a gift shop. You can descend down to the caves at sea level using a lift. The caves are usually washed with sea-water and are home to a wide variety of marine life. The walls of the caves are covered with lichens, algae, and mineral stains. While you are in the cave system you may come across many animals including sea lions, bats, cormorants, orcas, harbor seals, bald eagles, gray squirrels, owls, and many more. A fascinating place to witness, explore the Sea Lion Caves on a weekend.
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Sea Lion Caves Reviews & Ratings
I thought it was interesting and worth the visit. We were able to see the sea lions in both areas - in the cave and on the other side, at the observation area. The property was very clean and well kept despite all the sea birds that live there. The handrails and sidewalks are obviously cleaned which I appreciate. I was worried about the smell based on some stories I've heard but I only got a couple occasional whiffs - nothing too bad and it certainly didn't interfere with our visit. You're dealing with wild animals on the ocean so it's to be expected, regardless. The price didn't seem that bad until you stop and consider that visiting the local zoo all day and seeing hundreds of animals would only cost a few dollars more. We took our time, admired the sea lions at both areas, read the educational material, checked out the lighthouse viewpoint, and took family photos. We might have been there an hour? I probably won't go back on my own but I would recommend it to others and I would take someone who hasn't been, once. It's a nice little pit stop on a road trip. Go in the morning and beat the crowds. We went on a Thursday morning and it was perfect - just starting to pick up when we left. It would definitely not be as enjoyable with a crowd as there are only a couple small viewing areas. Although there wasn't anything wrong with my visit, I just can't rate it any higher because of the price point.
This place is amazing. Really cool views from up top of Sea lions on the rocks and sea birds nesting. The cave is other worldly. Take a long elevator ride down to the largest cave on the Pacific coast. Amazing cave and you can get a really close view of the wild life. Warning to those with a sensitive sense of smell; the cave has a pretty powerful manure aroma. If you can't handle a barn I would take heed.
I was surprised to learn that this place is privately run. Like 30 years ago, the experience was a stunning one. After leaving the gift shop behind you walk to the elevator which brings you down to the cave. There are many explanations about sea life and these interesting mammals. I remember that there was no metal fence when I first visited the site. But anyway it does not limit the experience. The sea lions are interesting to watch. Photographing is very difficult because the light is weak down there. If you have a long lens you can take better pictures from the outpost on the left side of the property where also many sea lions are lying. I recommend the experience!
Absolutely, loved this place. Hundreds of sea lions enjoying life in their natural habitat. It's so beautiful and the view of the lighthouse is amazing. We went when it was raining but still had a great time. Wear comfy shoes. There is a little walk.
Must see tourist attraction , with an elevator down to the caves to view the sea lions that come & go from the ocean. There is however a long path which slants down to the access point, so be prepared to walk down and back up ( saw many seniors even with canes able to negotiate it). Nice souvenir shop also. Very windy there on the coast also.