J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
Considered Florida's prime bird-watching area, J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge protects one of the nation's largest mangrove ecosystems. Named after cartoonist "Ding" Darling, an important figure in the conservationist movement of the 1930s, the refuge provides a temporary home for migratory bird populations and attracts almost a million annual visitors with its "wildlife drive," a windy road through the mangrove forest and the tidal flats. You can watch thousands of birds from the comfort of your car, or drop into the visitor center to see interactive exhibits about great egrets, wood storks, blue herons, white pelicans, cormorants, ospreys, and bald eagles. The center also includes a bookstore that sells nature books and field guides. Our Sanibel Island itinerary planner makes visiting J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge and other Sanibel Island attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Great place to BIKE around but check the tides as more bird life in the reserve at low tide. Take a picnic and take your time as most people drive around and spend very little time. However, if you ar...  read more »
  • Nature pure like. AMIS's love with auto discover East privately managed as far as I understand this national park. Entry with auto $5 hiking or cycling there costs $1 per person. There are several sections that are available for walkers or bike by car only everywhere, one can stop a route but right track and get out to marvel at the landscape and animals when you see that. Anglers we have seen many that stand there on the side of the road it is recommended where do not forget to get on the island you must cross the bridge (worth seeing) 6 but costs $ toll and to the lighthouse you should also to the top there the view is great when the weather including the many clams in the fine Beach (expensive - parking costs extra min $4 for 1 hour)
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  • We have visited the Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve quit a few times, but went nearly every day this week, twice by car and the rest of the time by bicycle. We also did the Tarpon Bay Kayak tra...  read more »
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