The Sea Lion Caves are one of the Oregon Coast's big attractions. For $12, you descend into a huge sea cave (purportedly the biggest in the world!) that is home to a big pride of sea lions. It was a bit crazy when we stopped and getting across highway 101 from the parking lot into the ticket center was no easy task. It was very touristy with a big shop selling every kind of trinket you could imagine.
Fun Alternatives: We were in a bit of a rush and didn't like the atmosphere of the facility so we passed on going into the actual cave. We went out to the observation deck and spotted a bunch of them lounging on some rocks. We had seen a lot of sea lions in California earlier in the trip and didn't feel like joining a herd of people to the tune of $12 each. But most people do it and I am sure are happy enough with the results. If interested, you will have no problem finding it. In fact, you will likely find it impossible to miss it!
Sea Lion Caves is just 11 Miles North of Florence, Oregon or 38 Miles South of Newport, Oregon.
I personally pass on Mo's now - and here are the reasons:
*Servers are generally not friendly (of course there are exceptions) some are downright rude.
*Place is usually crowded with tourists
*Many years ago the food was a real value for the large amount you got. Now portions are smaller and prices are higher. Expect to pay $25-40 for 2 adults and 2 children (Fish and Chip meals with drinks)
*dining experience in some mo's locations is little better than a crowded noisy cafeteria with hard benches and sometimes sticky tables.
*there are other alternatives for fresher seafood, better atmosphere etc. Mo's clam chowder is still pretty darn good though.
Unique Suggestions: *Look at all the pictures and historical decorations
*Buy the clam chowder not the fish
Fun Alternatives: Rogue Brewery pub...Still can get crowded but has great fish (beer battered of course!), also try the reuben sandwich! an almost overwhelming selection of beer (*Dark beer lovers have got to get a Shakespeare Stout!) is available to go with the meal. Outdoor dining and a childrens area are provided. (Family of 4 big dinner- 30-40$)
*For a really dark malty beer experience ask for a "mikey the dwarf", you'll be pleasantly surprised.