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Sea Lion Caves at Oregon

Sea Lion Caves

Sea Lion Caves 95160 Hwy. 101 N., Florence, Oregon, 97439
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Incredible Sea Lion Caves Near Eugene

This is the largest protected sea lion habitat in the United and is a must see on the Oregon coast. During peak seasons you can get a glimpse of hundreds of sea lions and other exciting wildlife. Tourists can head 11 miles North of Florence to the caves where you can walk about 400 yards and ride an elevator 200 ft. down into the cavern. The attraction has been a hit since 1932 and still one of the top recommended things to do in the area.


Hours -

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Prices -

Adults-$14, Seniors-$13, Children 5 to 12-$8, Children under 4-Free

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What to Expect

Visitors can see largest amount of sea lions in the spring in summer when they are breeding. During this time they venture outside of the cave to socialize and interact with each other. During the winter and fall most sea lion sightings will be inside of the cave.

Cave History

The Sea Lion Caves have been around for approximately 25 million years as a natural and protected home for a colony of sea lions. The habitat is at sea level and spans across 2 acres and reaches about 125 feet high. As the tides come in and out, visitors will have the chance to view the rich minerals and sea life that thrives on its surface.


  • How far is the cave?

    The cave is about a 400 yard walk from the parking area. Visitors can then take an elevator down to the cave. Additionally, they can walk up 63 steps to a viewpoint at the Heceta Lighthouse.
  • What types of animals can I see in the Cave besides Sea Lions?

    This habitat is also known to host sea gulls, cormorants and pigeons. It also serves as a strategic passage for gray whales and killer whales.

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