J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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Sanibel Island:

1 Wildlife Dr. Sanibel Island, FL 33957


(239) 472-1100


(239) 472-4061

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This 7,600-acre wildlife refuge is home to more than 245 bird species, 60 types of reptiles, 35 mammal species, paddling, hiking/biking trails, observation towers and a four-mile scenic drive (drive closed Fri.) Indigo Trail opens daily leading to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk's scat and tracks replications. Free visitor/education center open daily with free seasonal programs and tours. Year-round guided recreational tours (Tarpon Bay Explorers 239-472-8900).



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  • Bicycle Trails, Boat Tours, Hiking/Nature Trails, Marine Attractions, Marker/Interpretive Station, Museum, Museum Science, 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: Brochures, Maps
  • 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


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    “Really cool!” - Florida

    “Beyond expectations.” - Florida

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