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“Not many birds to see, Sunday must be slow day”

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Maitland
Certificate of Excellence
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Sebastian, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Not many birds to see, Sunday must be slow day”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We had great expectations for this attraction, however after paying $5.00 each we were disappointed with the exhibits. Not too many birds on display and the few that normally are visible close up were not put out because they were "short staffed" on Sunday when we visited. The only person we saw there knew very little about the birds or for that matter birds in general. I guess the person who did that part was on lunch break at 11:30... May want to call and see what they have on display before driving there. they are a Rehab center so they bring in injured birds then release them. they have a few regulars but even those were not on display.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Excellent!!!”
Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

We only spent about 45 min there but loved it! It was great for my husband to practice his photography with the birds! It started a great conversation with our son about rehabitation vs letting nature take it's course without human interaction. Sweet place! Mosquitos were bad so wear spray!

Visited July 2014
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“grandkid-friendly, photographer-friendly, wallet-friendly”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

When we babysit our 4 little grandkids for a weekend or longer we are always looking for some new adventure to take them on. We have lived in Orlando most of our lives and, of course, had read in the newspaper from time to time about various injured birds being taken to this Audubon-run facility in nearby Maitland for rehabilitation. But we had never visited. So we took the kids recently, and they seemed as curious and fascinated as we were to see eagles, owls and dozens of other kinds of wounded birds -- some just babies -- up close and personal. When living in Orlando with its world-class attractions it's a special joy to also have access to the real wonders of nature this close by and this close up....and at the unheard of admission price of only $5 for adults and $4 for kids. A kid-friendly self-tour booklet is given to guests for use during their visit. It tells the bird's name, species and something of the nature of the injury. Most of this facility is outdoors, following shady nature trails and winding paths that pass spacious aviaries. Aside from getting so close to these large birds, one of the more interesting outdoor highights is a ground-level view of just how massive a thing an eagles nest really is. Inside a small building there are additional opportunities to view birds through binoculars; and to learn from exhibits like one showing the comparative size of the eggs of different birds of prey. If there's anyone in your party who is more than casuallly interested in nature photography (as I am) there are some good photo ops along the route, especially with the birds that are allowed outside the shade of the aviaries. With a versatile zoom lens, you can bring home some nice images of some beautiful creatures seldom observed this wonderfully close.

Visited June 2014
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Altamonte Springs, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“No crowds, just an educational and fun experience”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is a good place for a low key visit with the kids or grandkids to learn about Florida Birds of Prey. Here the public is educated about the steps of rehabilitation for any injured Bird of Prey brought to this facility Some of the injured birds are able to be released back into the wild, but others are permanently cared for by these great volunteers because their injury is too severe. Each injured bird is named and some info is given about their circumstances. It is educational and interesting to see the different birds who are living there. There is an admission charge and great volunteers to answer your questions. There are a couple short movies to watch if you wish. It can be done at your own pace and the kids will enjoy moving around outside watching and identifying the birds.

Visited June 2014
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Kissimmee, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Wonderful animals”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Watching animals is much better than worshipping a fabled fictional mouse. Mickey might even be eaten there. Well, I grew up in Maitland and Audubon existed in the 40s and survived with little support, just dedicated people. Nature is the real deal, folks.

Visited October 2013
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