Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A must-see attraction while in the Tampa Bay area! The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a 1.5 acre wild bird sanctuary & rehabilitation center with over 100 birds on display including Pelicans, Owls, Hawks, Vultures, song birds, Shore birds, and parrots. Other features include gift shop, education center, observation tower overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, daily pelican hand-feeding presentations and weekly screech owl and Macaw presentations. Located on Gulf Blvd. in front of mile marker #13. Parking and admission are free.
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Jackie T
Tampa, FL14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The sanctuary is for birds who have been injured and can’t return to the wild and survive. We spent about an hour there and by fluke managed to be there at 2:30pm when they hand feed the pelicans. The staff were knowledgeable and happy to share stories about the birds and the work they do at the sanctuary. We saw all ages there from tots to seniors so it is a fun activity for families and friends. The birds range from Blue Jays, Owls, plenty of Pelicans, cormorants, Ibis etc. The gift shop
Is also worth a visit. The birds are housed in different areas and you get a great opportunity to see these magnificent creatures close up.
It is free to go to the sanctuary and parking is also free but there are limited spaces.
I will definitely go back as it is a great learning experience.
Written February 13, 2020
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charlesfh2015
30 contributions
Feb 2022
We make a point of visiting the Sanctuary every year. In 2020 we were fortunate to see a release of birds nurtured back to health. It was heart warming to see the release. They depend solely on donations to keep the sanctuary in operation. It can't be cheap to provide the amount of fresh fish required for the birds being cared for, but we never felt pressured to donate. They offer collection points at the entrance. Wear a hat, some of the free birds stop in hopeful they will get a free meal and they are not potty trained. I'm speaking from experience!
Written February 2, 2022
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allovertheworldnback
Chattanooga, TN114 contributions
Feb 2021
A wonderful place to take the whole family! The location was right beside our condo on the beach so we walked over a few times during our 3 month stay in Redington Shores. The children and adults alike really enjoyed seeing all the birds up close and learning more about them! What wonderful people who run and manage this place to help wildlife right on the beach. A FUN FREE activity for kids like no other!
Written March 11, 2021
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chibearbob
Oak Park, IL268 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Cool free venue that is manned by organization that rescues birds. After touring the exhibits of rescued birds, we went to the gift shop and there was no sign regarding wearing masks. It is a small area and 5 of the 6 people were wearing masks. One person wasn’t and I was uncomfortable with that. I wish they would post a sign that masks are mandatory when inside the gift shop.
Written October 22, 2020
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allie44820
Manorville, NY53 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
If you weren't looking for it you could drive right passed it but that would be a shame because it is worth going to. It is free, they accept donations. There were not only birds in habitats but also wild birds flying and landing in the trees above, quite close to humans. Great photo potential. There was an owl demonstration while we were there. Some wild birds walking around. I've never been so close to them. It was very cool to see.
Written February 7, 2020
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387indy
Coral Springs, FL4,762 contributions
May 2021
A bird rescue center on the north end of Redington Shores. They have a hospital that coves 3 acres of beach. Its free to park and enter. They have over 100 birds, some birds are released when they recover. The types of birds: pelicans, carmorarants, cranes, and herons.
Written July 28, 2021
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Lisa S
3 contributions
Jan 2020
This sanctuary is great! The variety of birds they help and house are incredible. The staff is so friendly and knowledgable. They give these birds the help they need to recover from injury and hopefully be able to release back to nature. Those who are injured too badly are housed there.

There were several variety of owls, turkey vultures, pelicans, egrets and more. You can stand close to the cages to watch these birds interact. And you can watch the staff care for them. It's not a big sanctuary yet we spent about 1 1/2 hours there reading the information about each type of bird and enjoying the birds.

We left a donation to help them continue such a worthy cause. Highly recommend a visit and donation.
Written March 20, 2020
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751carla
Shawnee, KS22 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We plan a visit to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary every time we visit the area. They do a terrific job caring for injured birds, rehabilitating snd caring for the permanent residents. Good place to see several birds including owls, cranes and many pelicans (brown and white). We plan to include them in our will to continue the great work caring for the local wildlife.
Written February 2, 2020
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Evan B
Clearwater, FL169 contributions
Jul 2022
The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a great place to check out, especially with kids. It's a nice attraction in Indian Shores. Always fun to see the great birds that have been rehabilitated. And being right on the beach, you can always enjoy a beach day and walk up to the Sanctuary and have a look around. There's no admission costs but they do run on donations. So give if you can.
Written July 5, 2022
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Barbara M
Springfield, MO3,328 contributions
Mar 2021
Loved this wonderful place. We got to meet Rudy, and some others I can't remember. We spent almost 2 hours at this little rescue, watching and learning. It was in March, so it was also nesting season, so the trees were full of wild birds nesting. Noisy with all the squawking, but oh, so enjoyable. View some of my pics and you'll see. All for free, but I left a $20.00 donation for their important and loving work.
Written April 15, 2021
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