Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What Facilities are available?
    No public restroom

  2. Disability Access?
    Free Flight has wheelchair access and handicapped parking.

  3. Parking?
    Yes, we have onsite parking but it is limited to 7 spaces.

  4. When are you open to the public?
    We are open daily between 11 am and 4 pm, except Wednesday we close at 2 pm.
    If it is cold, rainy or windy, please call as the birds may not be out. (858 481 3148)
    We are closed on major holidays. Call to check on our holiday hours.

  5. Is there a cost to visit?
    Yes. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 13 years.

  6. How can I find the sanctuary?
    From interstate 5
    Take Via de la Valle to the west.
    Go south on Jimmy Durante Blvd past the San Diego County fairgrounds. After you cross over the concrete bridge, we are the second driveway on the right.

  7. May we pet or hold the birds?
    We have some birds that may be handled by visitors; they are social and enjoy the interaction. Others will only want you to talk to them and pass the treat bowl their way.

  8. May we take pictures?
    Yes, for your personal use only please. Thank you.

  9. May we bring food in to feed the birds?
    Please, NO. We are very carefully monitoring what our birds eat. Some are on special diets. We have a mix that you may purchase if you wish to feed the birds during your visit.

  10. May we feed the Koi?
    Yes, you may feed the Koi. We limit the amount of Koi food that you may purchase so that the fish are not overfed. During the colder months they do not eat.