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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  •   We really enjoyed walking the boardwalk around the property and seeing all the different birds that love there. Kevin gave us a great presentation on the song birds as well! Would definitely recommend for anyone and all ages.

    thumb Kelsey M

      We made a quick stop to stretch our legs on the way to key west. The birds all had names with a little history of why they ended up at rehab.

    thumb Cindy K

      This place is supported by donations. It is nice to see how this people care about the birds. It is a short walk but if you care about animals is good to go. It is also good to do something different in the keys. We...More

    thumb Joyce P
  •   A quick stop to see and learn about wild birds. Sad to read some of the stories about how some of the permanent residents ended up there. Free to visit, but you can leave a donation!

    thumb cattraveler16

      This is a wonderful private bird sanctuary with quite a few birds of pray. Many of them are hit by cars or have been shot. A great stop with kids or for anyone who is interested in birds. 30min -60min time needed. The sanctuary is...More

    thumb ThomasHome

      Had an hour to kill and someone suggested we go here. It was fantastic. A wonderful bird hospital and sanctuary. Very interesting and educational.

    thumb Marsha R
  •   It would be hard to spend more than an hour here, but it's an excellent pit stop if your are passing through. Owls, hawks, vultures and plenty of other species of more common wild birds. The natural pelican enclosure is beautiful. Very easy to view...More

    thumb Brandy A

      Great place to stop, not just to support their good work, but to see a good variety of birds up close. You could make it a quick stop of 10 minutes or perhaps spend as long as an hour if you wanted. Free of charge...More

    thumb Michael F

      This is a pretty neat stop, and while we were there on a very hot and humid day, making us move a little more quickly than we might otherwise, we still spent about an hour enjoying seeing the owls and hawks and pelicans and many...More

    thumb PhotoXavi
  •   My family was visiting here a week ago. Our children were very entertained with the small amount of tropical birds they had. We could not tell who the staff was. Nobody approached us or talk to us through the whole tour. We did see a...More

    thumb John B

      We thoroughly enjoyed our stop at the wild bird rehab center. Saw lots of cool birds and read the stories on how some of them ended up at the rehab center. Found some of them very sad as they showed how dumb, selfish and stupid...More

    thumb PaddyValentine

      We really enjoyed wandering around and seeing the birds! The trial led out to the Gulf where you could see the water and enjoy some trails through the mangroves

    thumb hudsonrachel11

  • 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  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
  • review rating 5  This place is great! Very informative staff, descriptions on each cage indicating the injuries, treatment and prognosis. Drop some money on the donation box if you're able to help out! They also post their releases to Facebook if you want to follow the animals after your visit.

    thumb Ashley DellAquila

    review rating 4  There is no park ranger, but there are sparsely written info signs for all the caged, rescued birds. Small sanctuary to stretch your legs. Clean, handicapped accessible restrooms if you need one along the highway. Make sure to leave a small donation to keep the place running!

    thumb G. Jones

    review rating 5  This wonderful gem tucked away in the Florida Keys is worth the drive down there alone. We went for the first time today, and I can honestly say I had tears in my eyes from seeing all the gorgeous wildlife, the peaceful stroll you take along the boardwalk that leads right out to the ocean (added bonus!!!!), and how fabulously the animals are taken care of. This is a MUST go to during your trip. There is a donation box as well as a kiosk one for debit and credit cards. I felt so honored donating knowing it is going towards a good cause. Parking is a little tight, but it's absolutely worth it. We will continue to come back from now on every time we travel this way.

    thumb Lisa Morton