J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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Sanibel Island:

1 Wildlife Dr. Sanibel Island, FL 33957

Phone:

(239) 472-1100

Fax:

(239) 472-4061

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This 7,600-acre wildlife refuge is home to 272 bird species, 60 types of reptiles, 35 mammal species, paddling, hiking/biking trails and a four-mile scenic drive (drive closed Fri.) Free visitor/education center open daily and free seasonal programs and tours. Year-round guided tours (Tarpon Bay Explorers 239-472-8900).

 

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  • Bicycle Trails, Boat Tours, Hiking/Nature Trails, Marine Attractions, Marker/Interpretive Station, National Park, Nature Interpretive Center, Nature Preserve, Protected Species Habitat, Scenic Highway/Byway, Scenic Waterway, Sightseeing Tours, Sunset Cruise, Water Recreation, Wildlife Management Area
  • General Information: Open Year-Round
  • Dates Closed: Wildlife Drive is closed every Friday, Education Center times vary
  • Hours: Wildlife Drive: hours vary, call for times
  • Location: Island, Waterfront
  • Shopping Type: Books, Gifts, Jewelry
  • Suitable for Ages: All Ages
  • Time To Experience Activity: 1 - 2 Hours, 2 - 3 Hours, Half Day
  • Tour Information: Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours
  • Tour Duration: 1-4 hrs
  • Tour Schedule: Tram tours available - call for schedule
  • Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant, Wheelchair-Friendly
  • Guest Information: Family Friendly
  • Pet Information: Pets on Leash Allowed
  • Activities: Back Bay Fishing, Bicycling, Birding, Boating, Children's Programs, Fishing, Freshwater Fishing, Kayaking, Light Tackle Fishing, Natural Wildlife Viewing, Saltwater Fishing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Facility Amenities: Bus Parking, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Gift Shop, Instruction Available, Interpretive Displays, Marina, Parking, Recreational Area
  • Information/Services: Notary
  • Rentals: Bicycle Rental, Boat Rental, Fishing Rental, Kayak Rental, Pontoon Rental, Watersport Rentals - Motorized, Watersport Rentals - Non-Motorized
  • Meeting/Tour Groups Welcome
  • Discounts: Other Discount
  • Free Sea Monsters Exhibit

    The Sea Monsters traveling exhibit from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota will arrive this summer at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Opening June 1, 2014, the free exhibit demonstrates how unusual animals have adapted to extreme underwater environments. Visitors can interact with the exhibit through Aug. 18, 2014, during regular hours in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center. Read More

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