J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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Outdoor Activities

The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge is 5,000 acres of tidal wetlands and mangroves, home to more than 200 species of birds, 50 different species of reptiles and 32 interesting mammals. The best (and busiest) times to come (especially for bird-watching) are November through April. Visitors can explore the park on a two-mile foot trail, hop aboard a canoe or ride their bike along Wildlife Drive which has views of the water on both sides. Moreover, the drive to its location on Sanibel Island is a treat unto itself. Camping is not allowed, there are no water or restrooms facilities and the refuge is closed every Friday. Don't forget to bring cash, water, insect repellant and your binoculars.

Location:  1 Wildlife Drive

Business hours:  Winter - Jan-Mar - Sa-Th 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Spring - Apr-May - Sa-Th 7:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Summer - Jun-Sep - Sa-Th 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Autumn - Oct-Nov - Sa-Th 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.