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Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

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Address: 18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL FL 33785
Phone Number: 727-391-6211
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Largest bird hospital in the U.S.

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This is a must when you are in the area. This is a Volunteer organization and they are doing such good things for the "birds". We recently moved to the area and insist on all of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jill B
Kitchener, Canada
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not great. Would not recommend. Agree with other user who called it one big chicken coop. Unless you are from the big city and have never seen birds in their native environment there is not much here.

Thank Guy B
Kitchener, Canada
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must when you are in the area. This is a Volunteer organization and they are doing such good things for the "birds". We recently moved to the area and insist on all of our family/guests going there and donating too. I love this place.

1 Thank Jill B
Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Open 9am until dusk year-round, and right on the beach - you can enter / exit directly from the beach, or the front street entrance. Interesting variety of birds here, many of which are roaming free on the grounds. It can be a bit smelly - all the birds need to eat, then do what comes naturally after that, so...... More 

3 Thank dljpdx
Blaine, Minnesota
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6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's basically one big chicken coop. Not a feel good place to visit. I would not recommend visiting.

Thank MNtatgrl
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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169 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Seabird Sanctuary was a wonderful little stop as we walked in from the beach. Our condo rental was pretty close, and it did appear that they had plenty of parking for people visiting from the street side. Staff was friendly and very informative. My favorite bird was the Blue Jay that "Meowed".

1 Thank Donna J
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Stopped here because we love birds. Cute little place to visit for free. And its right on the beach which is pretty cool! It was nice to see all the different birds. We had a nice time. I wanted to buy a souvenir to support the place but the gift shop was closed : (. We did make a donation... More 

3 Thank lesley h
oklahoma city
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78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Stopped in for a half hour with the kids. As stated by others, the smell is strong but it's to be expected. My daughter loved the owls. If you want a souvenir, this is a great place to buy one, since you are supporting the operation with your purchase. We got some bird books and a Christmas ornament. Good prices... More 

4 Thank mykapone
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I appreciated the efforts of the folks running the sanctuary. They are rehabilitating many birds. The ability to walk through and see the birds was very educational. I go through it every time I visit Indian Shores. And please make a donation when you visit!

2 Thank Lillian R
Lexington, KY
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I walked down from our nearby condo for a short to this bird rescue one afternoon. The good: free admission, lots of birds to see, friendly staff. The bad: no "tour" although each time I asked a staff member a question they answered and were friendly, the smell, scandal with founder Ralph Heath a few years ago. You have to... More 

1 Thank KyRoamer17
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

wonderful place to visit! A good range of birds that the Sanctuary have rescued and looked after well. Free to enter but we were happy to leave a well deserved donation!

3 Thank bigbren

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