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J.N. (Ding) Darling National Wildlife Refuge

One Wildlife Drive, Sanibel Island, FL
239 472 1100
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks, State Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
Description: Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching.
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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I love that Sanibel Island has taken such great efforts to preserve the natural wildlife areas and not let it get too commercialized (I remember when McDonald's tried coming in 20 years ago, not going to happen). The info center is free and I even learned a couple of things. We were informed by the volunteers we could walk the... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had a great time. There is wonderful education center that is free that gives great information. We also went on the walking path there is a small fee after a certain point for the walking path (less that $1/person). You can also take your car and drive through. We did not do this so I am not sure of... More

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New Orleans
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a 45 minute guided tour of the Indigo trail with Ranger Becky. Your was informative and our ranger knew her stuff. We drove the 4 mile nature drive and got out at the suggested stops. We enjoyed our visit. Try to go in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the intense summer sun. Some parts of the... More

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Seven Hills, OH
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Do you believe we saw a roseate spoonbill? We thought it was a joke that we might see one, but we saw a group of 3 in the mud flats.

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88 reviews 88 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Set out on bikes one July afternoon. We intended to do the 8 mile loop, but after we started out, we realized it was too hot on the wide open road. (Bikes and cars on one path/road together). We also didn't see much at all. Kids were bored, so we turned off on the shell path to make it a... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My family and I took a tram tour. We loved learning about the different types of mangroves. Our driver Barry was very knowledgeable about the wildlife. We saw different types of birds and an alligator. However, we wish we had seen more wildlife. It was worth the trip.

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Lake Mary, Florida, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We first wanted to go on the 1 hour and a half tram tour, but unfortunately they need 6 persons to ensure the tour and we were only 2. Se we decided to drive by ourselves but unfortunately did not see much...it was low tide. We saw a raccoon and a few birds. But the view is nice, peaceful and... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My decided to drive through at our own pace. At one point we came across a tour group and listened in on the info given by the tour guide. She was friendly, informative and answered everyone's questions. I liked that we went on our own because we were able to stop at multiple places on our way through and spend... More

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Mid Florida, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We allotted 2 hours in the morning to tour this sanctuary with two parents, two grandparents, a baby, and a three year old in July. The visitor center is very nice and staff super friendly. The kids interactive area was being worked on and therefore closed while we were there, which was a but if a bummer, but my husband... More

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New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and pleasant. A very enjoyable 1 1/2 hour tour .... unfortunately we did not get to see any alligators or tortoise..but learned a lot about the mangroves and other flora and fauna.

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