Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a wildlife rehabilitation facility & tourist attraction dedicated to the rescue & treatment of sick & injured wild birds. This bird sanctuary is located in Indian Shores, Florida, close to St. Petersburg and Tampa.
The Sanctuary is open 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM every day of the week. If you find an injured bird, you can drop it off at the hospital anytime. If you find an injured bird, call their hotline at 727-391-6211.
We recently visited Seaside Seabird Sanctuary on a recent trip to the Tampa area. It was part of our post about 50 free things to do in Tampa with kids, and we had to check it out for ourselves. We prefer rescues and sanctuaries over traditional zoos, so this Sanctuary was right up our alley.
Although the goal of the Sanctuary is to rehabilitate birds, there are also resident birds that can’t be released for various reasons. It can be a fun and educational experience to visit the Sanctuary, and we highly recommend it!
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Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Location
You can find the Sanctuary at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, FL 33785. The Sanctuary is located on 3 acres on a beautiful beach. There is free beach access nearby, so you can plan to spend a few hours at the beach before or after visiting the Sanctuary.
Admission to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
Both admission and parking and free at the Sanctuary. The main entrance to the Sanctuary is on Gulf Boulevard, but Apple Maps took us to the back entrance on Sunset Blvd. If parking is full, check the back parking lot where more spots are available.
While admission is free, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary runs off donations, and there are plenty of donation boxes. I encourage bringing some cash if you have young children; they’ll enjoy putting it in the birdhouses of their favorite birds (they are donation boxes.) You can also donate online or support the Sanctuary by purchasing from the gift shop.
The Sanctuary has an observation tower that overlooks the beach. Although the main attraction is the birds, this is a very tranquil place, and you won’t want to miss it! It’s also available for special events.
What kind of birds are at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary?
The Sanctuary is home to many birds, including a bald eagle, several types of owls, vultures, pelicans, cranes, a macaw, and many smaller birds. You can meet the resident birds here. Some wild birds also like to hang out, and you might think they have escaped, but they are actually wild and just seem to enjoy visiting the Sanctuary!
Roosevelt, an American Bald Eagle, is one of the most popular residents at the Sanctuary. He has a deformed wing due to an old gunshot wound. As a result, Roosevelt can’t fly well and is not releasable into the wild.
Is visiting the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary worth it?
Visiting the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is certainly not an all-day adventure, but you could spend a few hours here, especially if you plan it around some of the presentations that are offered. We drove all the way from Tampa and thought it was definitely worth it!
You can also plan to spend some time on one of the nearby beaches, as they are some of the best in Florida. We recommend nearby Madeira Beach, one of our favorites.
Looking for more things to do in the area? Check out the best things to do in St. Petersburg on Viator.
If you like birds, make sure to check out our post: The Ultimate List of Florida Birds.
Visiting the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary
I hope you enjoyed reading about visiting the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. Have you visited? Let us know what you think in the comments. Would you like more posts about specific attractions? We have a few, but we will gladly add more if you enjoy this time of thing! You can also check out our Dinosaur World Florida Review.
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