The Laura Quinn
Wild Bird Sanctuary

The Laura Quinn

Wild Bird Sanctuary

Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset 365 Days A Year!

The Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary provides a humane, natural and protected refuge to hindered birds. Founder Laura Quinn recognized that some injured birds could not safely return to the wild. She knew, though, they could humanely live long and enriched lives if given a secure space to thrive. The Sanctuary offers acres of wetlands that serve as a habitat for many of the birds that fit this description. The property offers one of the only known saltwater tidal ponds in Monroe County, an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Sanctuary serves as a natural habitat to wildlife, as a healthy and flourishing part of the ecosystem and as a home for those birds no longer able to survive in the wild.

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  •   I've honestly never been intrigued by birds but my husband wanted to visit so we did. It was really cool getting to walk along the path and seeing birds of many kind that are local to the area. We never saw anyone that came to...More

    thumb Morales_B

      This wasn't on our agenda, but a tip sent us this way. It's a short visit, free, and very interesting. We especially liked the owls.

    thumb Courtney K

      In between fishing and watersport adventures, my teen sons and I stopped off here on Spring Break to tour the outdoor rehab center. It's very informative with information on display about permanent resident birds. There are also lots of different Florida birds being rehabilitated, which...More

    thumb TwinboysJJ
  •   This was a nice well kept rehab center. Because I live in Florida and seen many similar places I know that I were visiting for short time and wanted to see birds I would go to other places. There are many exceptional places in Florida.

    thumb Shellqueen2014

      A nice peaceful place to see birds that are mostly seen in Florida. The staff were friendly in answering our questions about how the birds get rehabilitated. There are some posters that showed the birds story on how they got injured. It is a free...More

    thumb Roadiecpl

      We always make it a point to stop here when we're in the Keys. I think one of my favorite things there was the Blue Jay that could meow like a cat!! LOVE IT!!

    thumb MsAdvisor0220
  •   Thiis a small self directed space where bird rehabilitation occurs and those birds who cannot survive on their own after accidents/trauma etc. can live ...beautiful an peaceful. Short boradwalk walk around community aviaries and cages. Screech owls are adorable and probably a place most people...More

    thumb Hummingbird100

      We had a great time walking around the facility and seeing different types of birds that were under rehabilitation.. it's free there's no fees and we could make donations towards the programs..

    thumb Clara S

      A nice stop on my travels. Thank you to the hard workers caring for these full time residents. Inured birds that can not be released or "pets" that humans have no idea what it takes to live with these beautiful creatures.

    thumb lrduncan13
  •   The place has 2 locations. This is the one were they keep the birds that cannot go back into nature. With every bird they have a brief history of what happened to it. Amazing that so much has to do with fishing. Nice to see...More

    thumb bluebirdtheonlyone

      Although the birds seem well cared for, it is sad to see them in cages. Most of them stayed well back in their cages, except for the pelicans, who are all over the place. Entry is free, but they have a donation jar, which I...More

    thumb John R

      Although the birds seem well cared for, it is sad to see them in cages. Most of them stayed well back in their cages, except for the pelicans, who are all over the place. Entry is free, but they have a donation jar, which I...More

    thumb JohnR3242

  • review rating 5  This place is amazing. The staff is excellent and knowledgeable, and is doing such important and necessary work. My children love visiting and learning about the birds.

    thumb Angela Compton

    review rating 5  Really cool bird sanctuary near Islamorada. Check it out!

    thumb Kristy Royall Rennie

    review rating 5  This was really nice! They are helping the injured birds and it's just a donation. Nice walk way to walk on, the birds are treated great here. So nice to see this!

    thumb Connie Briggs Toce
  • review rating 3  I think the work they do is great. They have pretty cool pelicans and owls. It is a rehabilitation center so it's not very big. It's educational if you have kids. Would not visit again.

    thumb Idelsy Hernandez

    review rating 5  The work these guy's do is incredible - I visit every year. The settings in the Tavernier site are so natural and quiet for the recuperation of wild birds. If you love Pelicans this is the place to go - feeding time is a frenzy

    thumb Sue Wallbanks

    review rating 5  They help so many birds thank you for your great work!

    thumb Julie Johnson
  • review rating 5  One of my favorite places on the keys. Some of my best pictures were taking there.

    thumb Susan Miller

    review rating 5  We drop in every time we head out to the keys! A quiet place to take a stroll

    thumb Sami Penie

    review rating 5  A wonderful 45 minute visit. We were able to get up close and personal with numerous owls, several comerands, and a couple parrots. We met Flop the meowing blue jay. We especially enjoyed the pelican enclosure with a dozen pelicans. They perform a great mission; well worth a visit (but bring bug spray!)...

    thumb Dan Paolini
  • review rating 5  Awesome place to visit! As a birder myself, Im grateful we have such places. Thank you guys, all the way from Texas!

    thumb Gabriel Rodriguez

    review rating 5  This place was amazing had all types of birds with their own stories, beautiful plumage on the pelicans, enjoyed Fred the Parrot, thank you to the caring people who work there!

    thumb Kellie Green Starling

    review rating 5  I need to visit this winter when riding bicycle. Would be a great stop .

    thumb Wolf NA Wolf

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  •   My partner and I came here expecting a pricey tourist trap so we were blown away by the quality of the exhibits and the fact it's FREE. (Be sure to donate to support the mission!) We were especially impressed by the variety of hawks and owls at the center.

    thumb Bill G.

      We had such fun at this lovely place. Free, although donations are encouraged. So many beautiful birds that appear to be well taken care of and loved. My teenage boys were enthralled too. Interesting to read the stories about each bird's circumstances and challenges. Glad they have this place to call home.

    thumb Kristen B.

      If you like songbirds, seabirds, raptors, and owls, be sure to stop here. Walk down outdoor boardwalk paths and check out all the different birds being rehabilitated in the cages. This is an easy walk, and a quick visit if you just want to look at birds, or you can take your time and read all the informational plaques about each bird.  There's a nice little path along the water at the back of the building. A very nice thing to do on a day with dreary weather. Bathroom available.  Leave a donation in the donation boxes to help care for the birds!

    thumb Danielle L.
  •   Drove by many times & saw the sign.  Finally decided to see what it's all about.  I was surprised it was free to go in & see all the beautiful birds & how they are being taken care of.
    This place needs to advertise if permitted, that it is a free attraction.  I did put a donation in the box & believe they could raise much more money if people driving by knew there is NO CHARGE.
    Patty S.
    Coral Springs, Fl.

    thumb Patty S.

      A nice little place to stop while visiting Key Largo and the surrounding areas. You will need about 30-45 minutes there at most.

    thumb Talya C.

      We knew that as we were passing through the Keys that we had to stop stop at the wild birds sanctuary. The sanctuary cares for injured, orphaned and rescue birds. The wild bird sancturay is a natural habitat including birds of prey, tropical and sea birds among many other varieties. The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center is an oasis for so many beautiful wild birds. I especially loved the owls and parrots. They also have a little walkway behind the bird oasis that has beautiful grounds and views showcasing the scenic waters, Mangroves, and more little birds and ducks walking about. It doesn't cost anything to visit the rehabilitation center, but you can donate in the little donation box up at the front. This is a great stop for all ages. We had a really enjoyable visit here.

    thumb Angellé S.
  •   Highly recommend - so many great bird attractions. Stop only if to see the meowing bluejay or the multiple adorable owls and pelicans. It made my heart full to see these beautiful birds so well cared for and would make a great educational spot.

    thumb Haley L.

      Great place to visit if you are traveling with kids. There are varieties of large birds and owels to see. Admission is free, but there is donation box.

    thumb Ann P.

      Wonderful place to take the family in Key Largo. I can't believe this place doesn't get more hype. It's hard to find low-cost things to do in the area, and this is FREE! Though the do have a spot you can drop donations to support their cause.

    My kids enjoyed seeing various types of birds including a beautiful green parrot named Fred whom they fell in love with. They also had owls, hawks, pelicans, and various other birds. What we really enjoyed was reading the stories behind how the birds came to be here. It was very interesting.

    There's lots of beautiful scenery to walk through and you'll see random wildlife throughout such as iguanas. An absolute must do for families in the Upper Keys!

    thumb Tabatha S.
  •   For a donation you get to roam around a good number of hand made habitats for wounded birds that are no longer safe in the wild. This gives you a chance to see up close some of our finely feathered friends. Nice to do with kids

    thumb Scott S.

      Loved seeing all the birds and a lot had there stories posted so you know why they were there. The staff was super nice and helpful we were there at feeding time of some of the birds and that was an added cool feature for the kids.

    thumb Samantha C.

      This place is worth a stop if your driving your way into the Keys. Such a GEM!!! I found this place a few years ago before they remodeled. The area where the pelicans by the beach was not there a few years back. As you walk through owls, hawks and just truly breathtaking birds. It was so cool to see different types of owls. We visited this past Sunday and it was about 60 degrees, pretty nice weather for this area. It was a nice walk through for a Sunday morning. It does not even take long to walk throughout the area. But so worth a stop you won't regret it. In the back there is a small sitting area on a beach that is beautiful. Plus it's free but please make sure to donate! This place is beautiful and I'm happy that someone has put something like this together to protect birds that have been injured. Truly lovely.

    thumb Patty C.

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  • review rating 5  What a great attraction and for a great cause. This place is unmanned, you park in the car park and walk around the aviaries along a boarded path. The is an opportunity to make a contribution at the end of the walk. The birds that are held here are birds that have been brought to the rehabilitation centre but not quite well enough to be released back into the wild, for instance there are birds who have lost a wing or who have lost their sight. Very moving.

    thumb Rachel Pearson

    review rating 4  A little hard to find and parking is limited, but is considerably larger than it first appears. No cost to park or visit, so you get much more than what you pay for. Plenty of birds to see, some with heartwarming rescue stories. One restroom freely available. I recommend leaving a donation of at least five dollars per visitor.

    thumb God Zilla

    review rating 5  Beautiful little sanctuary. You can get pretty close to these birds. I stopped by early morning when the staff was feeding the birds, all were very friendly and welcoming. They survive on donations so PLEASE leave what u can for the birds and the wonderful staff who care for them.

    thumb Jared m
  • review rating 5  Beautiful little place to visit and see lovely birds being kindly looked after following injury. My two little kids loved it. Donation optional but you should donate to help them with their kind and dedicated work.

    thumb Dan Hyman

    review rating 5  This place is so great. It’s run off of donations- so please consider when visiting. So many beautiful birds and the staff were feeding when we visited. Also check out the visitor center about 2 MM down.

    thumb Joshua Olszewski

    review rating 5  This place is associated with, but not the same place as the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center Hospital down the street. In order to see the birds you must go to the Laura Quinn location. It is free but donations are appreciated. It has cool exhibits to see the rehabilitating birds and a nice little sea beach area at the end. You'll spend less than an hour here but I thought it was worth the time.

    thumb Michele castano
  • review rating 5  This sanctuary has a great walk thru to see habitats for some great birds. Hawks, owls, osprey, pelicans and more. They operate by donation so this is a great break in the middle of a vacation to the keys. The staff were incredibly friendly and informed. The parrot by the entrance is very entertaining. Great place for young kids and bird lovers.

    thumb Stephen Martinez

    review rating 5  Fantastic place where volunteers read birds in need and you can visit them. Great short stop, remember to donate!

    thumb Alan Meltzer

    review rating 5  A nice place to stop for a 15+ stroll and support an organization that helps injured birds. Hawks, owls, pelicans, songbirds, parrots and more. The birds seem very happy and you only learn about past injuries by reading the information on the enclosures.

    thumb Stacey Quandt
  • review rating 5  Talk about one amazing place, this was my families first time here. You will walk through the beautiful surrounding and birds, follow the path to the water and see the blue crab in the water. Tony and the volunteers have done an amazing job. The place is ran all on donations so even if its only a few bucks drop it in. I would have proudly paid $5 per person so we did! Enjoy your time I know we did. Thank you all!!!!!!!

    thumb Craig Brown

    review rating 4  Awesome place where they rescue birds that need help. Lots of owls. Free entry. You can give a donation of you want to. Nice place to visit with a family

    thumb Pat Rao

    review rating 5  Great stop down to the keys. Large enclosures and habitats. Lots of information and ability to go at ones own pace.

    thumb Candice Johnson