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Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park

 

Macaws and Florida go together like piña coladas and beach bumming. If you want to learn more about these amazing birds, meet them up close, and get plenty of photos with the preening beauties, head to Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park. Admission is just $4 for adults and $1 for children. It’s cash only, so come prepared. (You can get a discount as a family, veteran, with military personnel identification, or if you’re part of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.)

This non-profit destination is committed to rescuing and caring for all types of birds, but macaws tend to steal the show. Open to the public, interaction is at the heart of this park. Just like people, many birds crave and need attention, love, care and a lot of interaction. Groups over 20 can request a special customized trip. Hours are Thursday – Monday in the summer, but for special events, a personal itinerary can be created.

For the Birds

The founder, Sandy Carl Kirkconnell, grew up on an island close to Honduras where macaws and other majestic birds flew free. He fell in love with the creatures, and opening a free-flight organization during retirement was his dream. The unique cries of the macaws quickly attract attention, and Sandy was thrilled to welcome others in enjoying his feathered friends.

Although Sandy passed away in 2013, a dedicated volunteer base rallied to keep the park operational, and it still is largely operated by volunteers. Now, saving unwanted birds while educating the public is at the core of the park’s mission. Adoption services are also administered here—you just might fall in love with your new family member while visiting!

 

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