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“Cool attraction, see lots of sea birds up close!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
18328 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL FL 33785
727-391-6211
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Largest bird hospital in the U.S.
New Albany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
“Cool attraction, see lots of sea birds up close!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2007

We visited the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary several times while in the area. It is one of the largest wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. For 30+ years, the Sanctuary has been a hospital for birds of all kinds. The Sanctuary's Mission as always been dedicated to Rescue, Repair & Rehabilitation and release of healthy wild birds.

It’s a working bird hospital, but doubles as a bird zoo. They had more birds there than most of the zoos we have been to.

One of the volunteers let our boys pet a Brown Pelican that was a patient there.

They had a gift shop, and observation deck.

If you like birds, or have kids, this is a must see when in the area.

It’s free, but try to drop some spare change in the donation box; birds don’t have health plans we have to help them out.

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Devon
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“Amazing work done here to help seabirds,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2007

If you like seabirds this is a must, the work that is done at the seabird sanctuary is excellent. We stayed at the apartments next door so we visited several times during the week we stayed.

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North Carolina
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“educational & fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2006

This sea bird hospitall is unlike a zoo - rather you see the injured birds as they are rehabilitated. Some are released while some remain residents if their injuries prohibit release. It's a great cause & free but it makes you happy to give a donation to help with their work.

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Ridgeway, Virginia
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“Great Place Doing Great Things”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2005

I love visiting this place when I am out there, but even I have to admit that it really, really smells. If you love birds or even just respect the altruism of the sanctuary, you should be able to overlook it . This is first and foremost a bird sanctuary - this place is for them. There is no admission fee, they have a small but nice gift shop and a donation box as you come in. The gift shop is kind of hidden - when you come in, go straight until you hit the fence and turn left, it is through a door on the left hand side.

They have all kinds of birds - songbirds, seabirds and birds of prey - but what I go there for are the brown pelicans. The last time I went they had netting over the brown pelican area but before it was open - as the birds got healthy, they could leave if they wanted. The place is right on the beach. You walk all the way through and all of a sudden you are on the beach. When the brown pelican area was open, there were always a lot of birds hanging out there too.

These guys are so serious about helping the birds that they have even figured out how to make prosthetic bills for the pelicans who have had their bills broken through accidents or human malicousnous.

There are always some birds out and walking around so you can get good shots of them. This is not an atrium (this was important to one family member who is afraid of birds but ended up liking this sanctuary).

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