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Sea Lion Caves, Florence

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The largest system of sea caves in the United States, Sea Lion Caves offers the chance to view sea lions up close in their natural habitat. Formed nearly 25 million years ago, the cave measures about 0.8 hectares (2 acres) and is 38 m (125 ft) high. Several caverns connected together by corridors make up the cave system. The Stellar Sea Lions and the California Sea Lions who make this cave their home are truly wild, so they move around freely. Staff can’t guarantee a sighting, but they recommend checking these four areas where the sea lions tend to hang out: in the cave, in the water, at the lookout or rookery, and on nearby rock ledges. Call ahead to confirm whether the sea lions are in the cave on the day of your visit. Even if they’re not, the impressive cave alone is worth a trip. Put Sea Lion Caves into our Florence trip maker site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Florence.
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  • Skipped over this on several occasions but decided to check it out and glad we did. On the day we visited there were over 200 sea lions in the cave. So fascinating to watch. Short educational video to...  more »
  • Beautiful views of the pacific. After an elevator ride down you can visit an overlook with hundreds of sea lions. It was fun to watch them adapt to the incoming tode. Exhibits are informative. Staff w...  more »
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  • This is an incredible place! I’m in awe of how it was built and how well maintained it is. There is so much to learn and appreciate about the sea lions. The boardwalk to the elevator is breathtaking. We brought our binoculars so we could see the sea lions playfully swimming into the cave. It was worth the admission and our 5 year old thought it was wonderful too.
  • Very educational, informative, beautiful. Nature's Best. worth the drive. fantastic gift shop. great service prior to going down to the cave, letting you know if there are sea lions in the cave. The stairs down to the walkway is well-lit and railed. The hundred plus yards walk down the ramp has plenty of stop and sitting areas. The elevator to the caves was a bonus. Once in the cave we enjoyed the sea lions, the 6-minute video on the history, the viewing area of a local lighthouse, and all the educational material provided. And Nature's Aroma was not bad for 200 cows in the cave.

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