What to do at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary...

  

Located on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary has become a West-Central Florida attraction and destination for tourists from all over the world.


Amenities

Visitors at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Stroll through the 1.5 acre Sanctuary to view nearly 100 birds on display

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the 1.5-acre sanctuary which is home to nearly 100 permanently disabled birds which are on display in large aviaries. Some of the permanent residents include Eastern Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Gulls, Oyster Catchers, American White Pelicans, Hawks, Vultures, Blue Jays, Sandhill Cranes, Great Blue Herons, Owls, macaws, and much more.

A Double Crested Cormorant at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Great Place for Photography Lovers

​​In addition to the Sanctuary's display birds, the grounds are home to a countless number of wild birds who freely roam the Sanctuary, and nest in the trees above. Due to this, the Sanctuary is perfectly suited for bird watchers and photographers, as many stroll the grounds of the Sanctuary enjoying the tremendous photography opportunities.

Education Center at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Learn about Birds and Avian Medicine in the Sanctuary's Education Center

Visit the Sanctuary’s Education Center to learn more about wild birds, their natural habitat, avian medicine, and wildlife rehabilitation, and what we do here at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. ​On display are various items such as eggs, bones, and feathers belonging to various species of birds. Also on display are vintage and current avian medical equipment that was once used, or is currently used in the avian medicine and rehabilitation field.

Observation Tower at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Enjoy the breathtaking view on the Sanctuary's Observation Tower

Located in the Sanctuary's Shade Garden is the observation tower. Here visitors can enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as all of the native Florida birds that can be found on the surrounding beach. Learn about the local plant life with the aid of educational signs on display on the tower.

Youth Activities Classroom at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Special Events for the kids in our Youth Activities Classroom

Kids will enjoy the special events and activities that are held in the Sanctuary's Youth Activities Classroom such as the Screech Owl Presentation, as well as the "Reading with Rufous" Storytime event. Check the Sanctuary's event calendar for dates and times of classroom events.

Gift Shop at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Brows the Sanctuary's Gift Shop

Visit the Sanctuary's gift shop for an ice-cold beverage, or to brows the wide variety of merchandise available such as t-shirts, hats, educational books, paintings, magnets, etc.

Gilligan's Island Memorial located inside the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Gilligan's Island / Jim Backus Memorial

View the memorial dedicated to the late Jim Backus (Mr. Howell of Gilligan's Island) from longtime Redington Shores Resident Dawn Wells (Mary-Ann of Gilligan's Island), located in the Sanctuary's Shade Garden near the White Pelican viewing area.


Presentations:

 While visiting, be sure to catch one of the daily, weekly or monthly presentations that take place at the Sanctuary…


Pelican hand-feeding presentation at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Pelican Hand-Feeding Presentation...

The Pelican Hand-Feeding Presentation takes place daily at 2:30pm in front of the Pelican aviaries. Here visitors can watch while Sanctuary staff hand-feed the Eastern Brown Pelicans fish, all the while a staff member teaches you important facts about pelicans.

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Macaw Presentation...

The Macaw Presentation takes place every Sunday and Monday at 3:00pm in the Shade garden. Here visitors will meet “Nemo,” the Sanctuary’s blue & Gold Macaw, and listen while a Sanctuary staff member teaches you everything you want to know about macaws.

Eastern screech owl presentation at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, Florida.

Screech Owl Presentation...

The Screech Owl Presentation takes place every Tuesday and Thursday, and is held in the Youth Activities Classroom at 1:30pm. Here visitors will meet “Rufous,” the Sanctuary’s Eastern Screech Owl, and listen while a Sanctuary staff member teaches you everything you want to know about Eastern Screech Owls.

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Barn Owl Presentation

The Barn Owl Presentation takes place every Friday at 2:00pm in front of the Sanctuary's avian hospital. During the presentation visitors will meet “Cypress,” the Sanctuary’s permanent resident barn owl, and listen while a Sanctuary volunteer teaches you everything you want to know about barn owls.

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Reading with Rufous

It's story time at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary!
Bring your kids down to the Sanctuary to meet Rufous, the Sanctuary's resident eastern screech owl, while Amy Nulph, one of the Sanctuary's Avian Hospital Specialists, reads stories from the "Hello Little Owl" book series, written and illustrated by Mary Uihlein. "Reading with Rufous" is a fun, educational experience for younger kids.

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Bird Releases on the Beach

Throughout the month Seaside will conduct public bird releases out on the beach in front of the Sanctuary. Watch as Seaside staff releases successfully rehabilitated pelicans, gulls, cormorants, and terns, all the while the Sanctuary's Director of Operations gives an oral presentation. 


Guided Tours & Special Events

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Special Events

Seaside often holds special events at the Sanctuary such a photography classes, Easter egg hunts, Halloween costume contests, yoga classes, and much more. Visit our event calendar to see what is coming up.

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Guided Tours

Prefer to have a guided tour through the Sanctuary? Whether it's for an individual or a large group, guests can book a guided tour through our Sanctuary ahead of time.

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Book your own Event at the Sanctuary

Want to hold a special event at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary? The Sanctuary is the perfect place to hold weddings and children's birthday parties. 


Location & Hours

Free Admission & Parking!

Come visit the Sanctuary for a fun, relaxing, and educational experience!

Parking and admission is free, but donations are always appreciated!

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Florida 33785

(727) 391-6211

Hours

Sanctuary:

Monday - Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm


Gift Shop:

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday & Monday 10:00am - 2:00pm


Hospital (For Injured Bird Admissions):

Monday - Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm


After Hours Injured Bird Drop-Off:

Monday - Sunday 4:00pm - 8:00am

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