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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: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
Owner description: Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot...
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
Owner description: Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching.

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

In between Captiva and Sanibel Islands is this amazing Refuge! We've been visiting Sanibel Island for the past 10 years and every year we go to Ding Darling. We usually bike but recently started walking through it. Depending on how many are in your party, it may be cheaper than driving through. However, regardless of how you attend it is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

on Sanibel. the drive, which can also be taken by bike, is simply wonderful. the reserve is full of wild life; plenty of birds of every kind, and on warmer days, plenty of alligators also. don't miss the visitors' center

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Wow! Just saw 2 bobcats right where you turn in to go to the preserve! (not harmful very shy) See picture of 1.Take binoculars on the reserve- get out of you car and look around! So much to see, take your time!

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Powell River
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29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The six of us (4 adults and 2 children, 10 and 12) biked through the reserve this afternoon. We saw lots of birds, 2 alligators, turtles and a raccoon. Well worth a visit if you go to Sanibel Island.

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Georgetown, Maine
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We've been driving, biking, and walking through Ding Darling for more than a decade. Every trip we see something different. Sometimes it's a fabulous flock of roseate spoonbills; sometimes just a heron lunching on a crab, or a flock of amazing white pelicans, or a family of raccoons. Our favorite mode of transportation is by bike. A couple of suggestions... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

If you love nature Ding Darling makes a great day out. You can either drive in and stop along the way to check out the birds or take a walk or bicycle to realy get the feel of the place. It is worth getting up early and having the place more to yourself, especially if you are walking along one... More 

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Piney Flats, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

A great wildlife reserve that you can drive, walk, or bike through. We went through three days in a row and different each time. Many different birds including the Huge white pelican. Fishermen: Great fishing off the dikes in the reserve. We caught some very large sheepshead fishing shrimp on the bottom.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

A naturalist in the nature center showed us how to download an AP so we could hear the commentary as we drove thru the preserve. You can also walk, ride a bike or take a tram thru. We are seniors and have a lifetime pass (which we bought for $10) so it cost us nothing to drive thru the wildlife... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

went a couple of times, biked through once and took the tram tour. lots of wildlife, mostly birds but other stuff too. The tram tour was just OK as far as information and presentation. But that was still way better than the guided kayak tour at Tarpon Bay Explorers. Saw much bigger alligators, and more often, on the banks of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

We recently spent 2.5 hours in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge during a trip to Sanibel Island. The reserve offers fantastic opportunities to see wildlife — sometimes quite close up — in a natural setting. During our visit, we saw a huge variety of birds (including a roseate spoonbill), tree crabs, horseshoe crabs, and a family of raccoons. There is... More 

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