J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island
(4.3/5 based on 4,000+ 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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  • The visitor center is very informative and they have a nice gift shop. The staff at the front desk know very little - almost clueless. We spent about an hour there. On the 2 mile drive, we saw very li...  more »
  • The Wildlife Refuge is difficult to describe ... it's a place to walk around on /drive through and just look for whatever wildlife is "there" at the time you are there. You can stand and watch for wha...  more »
  • We went through with the car, maybe we would have on the 4-5 much much longer to stop points and longer watch. But there are not soooo much. The a d the water jump, are very nice to look at but you may not the mega animal experience expect some birds and fish :) Certainly there are one or two bottlenose dolphins and crocodiles, but you have been hiding too good before us ;)
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