Experience Sea Lions up close for FREE in Newport, OR
Treat yourself & family to a close-up view of these loud feisty animals, who live in the Yaquina Bay Harbor.
California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) love to lay on the rocks and the docs while they are visiting Yaquina Bay. Port Dock One is the main place to see them up-close. Voted best Free tourist attraction, Port Dock One is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There is no railing at the end of the doc, so please don't have children run down the dock!
Adult and sub-adult sea lion males can be found on the docs. They live here for 11 months out of the year. In July they migrate to the Channel Islands of southern California where the females stay year-round. (We locals call July, "quiet summer nights" because it is the only time of year you cannot hear them barking) After breading they return around the first week in August.
The floating docks used by the sea lions are now owned and maintained by a local non-profit group, the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation. They have worked hard to create the docs you now see.
No. It is illegal to feed them. Please do not.
Do not through things at them, or scream at them. How would you like them doing that to you? They can be dangerous to humans so if you visit on a king tide and the docs are near the walk way, do not try to get close to them.
We are in front of Clearwater Restaurant, across from Ripley's Believe It or Not!
358 Southwest Bay Boulevard, Newport, Oregon 97365, United States