Sea Lion Caves

91560 U.S. Highway 101, Florence
(541) 547-3111

With their blunt muzzles, long whiskers and round curious eyes, it’s easy to make the comparison to dogs when the face of a seal or sea lion pokes up from a body of water. The comparison gets a little less on the nose when the aquatic creatures are in their natural habitat, though, as they can get quite elusive. The Sea Lion Caves offers two unique experiences: You descend by foot and elevator almost 12 stories into the largest naturally formed sea cave in America, and you get the chance to see the wild sea lions up close and possibly see those whiskers twitch! The shape of the caves and caverns that make up the viewing area accentuates the sounds and smells of the sea lions and sea birds that settle on the nearby rocks, creating a near high-definition experience. Visiting the Sea Lion Caves is also an exploration of Oregon history; built in 1932, it’s one of the State’s longest continuously running attractions and is a wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary.