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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Wonderful staff and beautiful and educational displays. The road trip is on the quiet side and you look for wildlife, but well worth the trip.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Dozens of birds, and other wildlife, easily viewed from your car, including the spectacular roseate spoonbill.

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Lots of fish and birds to see including the arrival of the white pelicans in October. Do wear bug repellants or like me you will find the bugs are hungry,

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Conway, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We had a great informative and friendly tour guide. there wasn't anything that we disliked. Loved it.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The DDNWR was a highlight of our trip to Sanibel. The drive through road is completely paved with a number of viewing locations a short walk down a woodedpath. The 'gators are plentiful as are the fish and birds. I highly recommend this attraction, especially for families with children!

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Loved the interactive QR reader sites. If you are not doing their guided tram tour then I suggest you download the QR Reader on your smart phone to hear them tell you about the wildlife. You can kayak off the path also.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful reserve to see rare birds, alligators, flamingo's. Nature at it's worst, seeing it after storms, and at it's best, a sunny warm day. Take a walk on the paths, or ride in your car. Always something new to see.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Its all there I always read the bad reviews first in case there was something I missed This time there was not we saw at least 14 types of bird, starfish ,crabs ,pipe fish more fish Jumping it was superb we didn't see a raccoon this time .The problem is people, they sit in their car and never get out... More

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

It's the must-do while on Sanibel and Captiva. This refuge is the leader in technology for visitors, too. Download their new Discover Ding app and use it as you explore Wildlife Drive. You'll learn so much! The indoor education center is FREE and perfect for ALL ages. Great gift shop, too. This time of year, the white pelicans and spoonbllls... More

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The visitors center was very interesting, informative and very nicely done. Bathrooms very good and bottle water fountains to refill your empties was great. The nature drive was very pretty and saw a few different birds as well as a big old alligator sunning himself. I would definitely make a return trip but later in the day because if was... More

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