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

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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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  • It's a great place to see when on island. The road goes though the reserve and you can pull over anytime to take a closer look. Lots of fish in the water and a ton of birds of all kinds. Very leisurel...  more »
  • One I would certainly recommend to anybody visiting the island great bike path and photo-ops Bike rentals are recommended great for the kids  more »
  • We opted to drive our car through the refuge for only $5 per car.. It is an easy drive with the availability to pullover at any point in time. I like this advantage as you can stop when you want, take...  more »