At Free Flight, We're All About the BIrds... and Koi

See Our Resident Birds Up Close and Even Interact with Several of Them.

Visitor education and parrot re-socialization program

A major part of a parrot's day in the sanctuary is spent interacting with the people who visit. On an average day,  about 50 people of all ages spend time walking among the birds, talking with them and offering the food we provide to feed them. It is through this daily routine that the birds become re-socialized. They come out into the yard each day and return to the security of their cages at night.

Staff and docents are available to facilitate handling those birds who like to be handled and at the same time answer questions and provide little gems of wisdom about parrot care.


Admission and Hours

Open to public:
11-4 daily, except
Wednesday 11-2

Extended boarding hours available 9-5.
Closed on major holidays.

We're kid friendly and wheelchair accessible!

Adults - $7
Children Under 13 - $3

If it is cold, rainy or windy, birds may not be out.
Please call ahead: 858-481-3148

Click here for Annual Membership Information!

Food to purchase:
For the birds - $.50 per scoop
For the fish - $.25


Location and Directions

Exotic Bird Sanctuary

2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd.,
Del Mar, CA 92014


Parking is directly in front of the chain link fence.


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 2nd driveway on the right.

Plan to spend 30 minutes or longer in This small tropical getaway socializing with our colorful Resident Birds and koi.


Have A Flock Party!

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Special Events & Groups

On-site birthday parties or other parties for groups may be scheduled during our regular hours. Cost is $100/hour and includes use of our on-site tables and a 10 minute introduction to the sanctuary (admission is additional).

Off-site events and educational presentations with the birds are $200 per hour and may be planned in advance. Discounted pricing is available for fellow non-profit organizations.

Guided Tours

Guided tours for 4 people are available for $60/ 15 minutes or $120/ 30 minutes. Call in advance to schedule.

Additional admissions may be added - tour maximum is 20 persons.

Free Flight Guided Tour

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Watch A Quick Video

See what it's like to visit FREE FLIGHT Exotic Bird Sanctuary and talk to the birds!

Did You Know?
Koi have molars located in the back of their throat used for crushing large pieces of food foraged from the bottom of their pond.
— Free Flight Fun Fact