Is Sea Lion Caves Open Now?
We are open from 9 am to 5 pm. We suggest arriving by 4 pm as we are operating at limited capacity due to COVID restrictions and there may be a wait time to get in. Masks are required. Normally,we are open every day of the year, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, weather permitting. We do close at noon Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. However, there are rare occasions when weather conditions may cause us to close entry to the Caves. We are nothing short of wild!
What Are The Hours?
Normally we are open from 9am to 5pm. We suggest you arrive by 4pm as we have limited capacity. We do close at noon the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. We are closed all day Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
What is the Admission cost
Adults: $14.00 each
Seniors: $13.00 each
Ages 5 to 12 $8.00 each
Ages 4 and younger: FREE
What About Accessibility...How Far Do I Have to Walk?
In order to make the trip, you must go down as well as come back up 37 steps in our building to reach the outside trails. There are about 400 yards of uphill and downhill walking at a grade that ranges from 10% to 20%. You then reach the elevator that takes you down to the cave. There are also 63 steps in the cave in order to access the lighthouse viewpoint.
Are The Sea Lions Always in The Cave?
We are not a zoo. The sea lions come and go as they please, so they are not always in the Cave. They may be in the ocean, at the rookery, or on rock ledges near the Heceta Lighthouse.
Where Will I See The Sea Lions?
Generally in the summer the Sea Lions are on the rocky ledges just outside the cave. This is their rookery where breeding, birthing, and congregating goes on. During the winter and spring months they are usually inside their cave. The sea lions are not held in captivity like a zoo, they are wild animals doing what they want to do.
How far is it to Sea Lion Caves?
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124 degrees 8 minutes W
44 degrees 7 minutes N
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