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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
Sea Lion Caves reviews
Stopped in during our road trip through Oregon in May. How anyone could not find this place spectacular is beyond me. This is not a zoo, or sea world, or someplace where they penned up some animals...
Stopped in during our road trip through Oregon in May. How anyone could not find this place spectacular is beyond me. This is not a zoo, or sea world, or someplace where they penned up some animals... more »
Fun for a family outing! The cave can be a lot to take in for younger kids, (it's got a fishy smell, dark, and the sound of the seals can be creepy echoing throughout,) but all it takes is a little...
Fun for a family outing! The cave can be a lot to take in for younger kids, (it's got a fishy smell, dark, and the sound of the seals can be creepy echoing throughout,) but all it takes is a little... more »
Amazing views and just a great place to check out. They have elevator and its not a terrible walk to it. I loved seeing the cave definitely something I have never seen before. Plus the view of the lighthouse was awesome. Worth checking out!
Beautiful rocks, hidden caves, and majestic Sea Lions, this is the place to go in the Spring. Be sure to spend some time to the right, gazing at the sea Lions and they bask in the sun. And if you have a handy pair of binoculars it won't hurt to bring them. But don't be deterred, you can see plenty of action with the naked eye. Off to the left you will find the elevator down to the caves. The rock formation in and of itself is incredible to look at, and if you are lucky in certain seasons you may find the sea lions perched upon those beautiful rocks.
Plan your trip to Florence
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Florence
Side trips from Florence
Hidden gems in Florence
Museums in Florence
Nearby attractions in Florence
Trips in Sea Lion Caves by other users
5 days in Tumwater & Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Tumwater Astoria Cannon Beach 15 days in Oregon Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Florence Bandon Newport 9 days in Florence BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Heceta Head Lighthouse Sea Lion Caves Oregon Coast Hwy 11 days in Coos Bay BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Three Rivers Casino Cranberry Sweets Second Street Gallery 8 days in Oregon Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Florence Seaside Newport 3 days in Eugene BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cascades Raptor Center University of Oregon Hayward Field