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