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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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  • Great stop to see sea lions in their natural habitat, interacting with each other and caring for their young. There's an elevator that takes you down to the cave, which itself is cool! You can take....  more »
  • Right on the highway if you are taking Rt 101, you can’t miss it. It is a short (steep) walk down to the observation deck to see where the sea lions hang out this time of year. Don’t forget to...  more »
  • Great price for a very unique sightseeing experience. It is is typically $14 for adult admission and your receipt is good for free entry for a year if you can make it back. Though we went during a time of year that the Sea Lions don't use the caves (mid-September), there were still plenty hanging out on the cliffs, and the cave itself is a beautiful sight to behold even sans Sea Lions. For a tourist attraction that requires very little time or money, this was an excellent stop and well worth it.
  • I remembered going here as a child and absolutely loving it so of course it was on the top of the list of things we wanted to do with our children. It was just okay. It is supposed to be the biggest gathering of Sea Lions outside of New Zealand but they are kept far enough away from you we did not feel like we were really able to get their magnitude. Plus, it cost our family of four almost $60 to get in! And that was without a single extra, without food, or any souvenirs. And we were there less than an hour. It is amazing to see these animals but you do have to weigh out the cost. Also, even though it has an elevator to one of the two sides I would give it a C- on ADA friendly. The real catch was that the next day we were in San Francisco and they had probably 30 Sea Lions just hanging out and playing/fighting and barking on the dock. It was totally free and a much better and closer show. You just cannot count on them being there unlike the ones in OR.

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