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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  • My family had a fantastic time at the Refuge. The area is beautiful, the education center great, and the park is incredibly well managed. We took a tram ride ($13@) from Tarpon Bay Explorers, the park...  more »
  • Took a nature drive at JN Ding darling national Wildlife Refuge. Cost is $5 per car to drive the 4 mile loop. Several "lookout decks to stop and see the inlet, fish and some birds. Mostly eaten alive ...  more »
  • Gorgeous scenery & wild life at every turn. Our only regret is that we went to the wrong place for a tram tour Monday, and went to the right place Tuesday but there weren't enough people interested in...  more »