The footpaths that branch throughout this 5,220-acre wildlife refuge are bordered by salt myrtles, cabbage palms, seagrapes, and other native trees just 15 miles southwest of Fort Myers. There's also a four-mile scenic drive, but a guided kayak trip may be the most fun. Paddling through the mangroves along Commodore Creek, you'll spy pelicans, osprey, and herons, and learn about the sea squirts, seahorses, barnacles, and oysters that live in the estuary. –Candyce Stapen

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Family Review of J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Away Travel Expert: Candyce H. Stapen
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Bring a bike (there are rental stores in Sanibel) and take one of the guided tours of the refuge.
  • Family Craft and Storytime is for 4 to 14 and their families.

1 Wildlife Dr.
Sanibel, Florida 33957
Parking: Fall and Winter: Saturday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. to sunset

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 239-472-1100
Fax: 239-472-4061
Neighborhood: Sanibel
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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