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Sea Lion Caves

This Oregon weekend we travel to Sea Lion Caves, located about 11 miles north of Florence , along the Oregon Coast it is a fascinating attraction. Parking is available on both sides of the street. There is a fee to enter the cave but you should see it at least one time.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

From out side of the gift shop you can see the Heceta Head Lighthouse to the north.

Sea Lion Caves

It is just a short walk to the elevator that will take you down to the cave, some 208 feet below. The cave itself is about 12 stories high and stretches the length of a football field. It has been called the world’s largest sea cave. It most likely is not, but it is the only one developed as an attraction with walkways and elevator. The cave is cool and damp so have appropriate clothing.

Sea Lion Caves

The sea lions are here all year around however during the spring and summer their numbers swell to 200 or more animals. Most of the Steller sea lions make their home on the offshore islands and rocks of British Columbia and Alaska.

Sea Gull

The caves were discovered in 1880 by William Cox. For over 65 years the attraction has been operated and owned by the same family. Be sure to bring your binoculars because flash photography is not allowed within the cave, so the animals are not disturbed. Besides the sea lions you will see many sea birds and if you are lucky even a passing whale.

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