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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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Alexandria, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The staff in the visitor's center were very helpful. The exhibits were very interactive and fun for all ages. We explored the refuge on bike and did the first two miles of the road, then took the Indigo Trail back. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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Seymour
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to hike and bike and drive to see wildlife, especially birds, crabs, and reptiles. It is not one of the best spots to find a gator in nature in Florida, though. There is a lot of mangrove habitat. I enjoyed the boardwalk at the end of the drive that covers the indian mounds. That was... More

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Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

We have visited Ding Darling twice now and will continue to do so because it is beautiful there. Our most recent visit was yesterday 7/8/2014. We attended a lecture given by a marine biologist from Mote Marine educating us on sea turtles, dolphins and sharks. The kids enjoyed it also. We then took a nice drive through the wildlife sanctuary.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I visited the the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge over this past independance day weekend.I am an advanced amateur wildlife photographer with a special interest in birds.I specifically came to this place for the purpose of photographing Roseate Spoonbills and any other wildlife around.The Ding Darling refuge is fantastically maintained,is clean,spacious and well sign posted and very easy to find and... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Saw roseate spoon bills and a reddish egret. The observation tower had binocular stations to get a close up vowe. The educational center had beautifully crafted scenes of the wildlife.

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

A fantastic insight in to some of Florida's best wildlife from an experienced tour company. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great for adults and children.

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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

A beautiful serene setting that will calm you to the core. Take your time, pull over at the many points to view the mangroves and wildlife, especially the birds. Highly recommend going late in the afternoon, the light is beautiful. Bring water, snacks for the car and binoculars for sure. If you have the time to kayak or bike it,... More

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Århus, Denmark
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Sanibel Island is a beautiful place close to Naples but be patient as there is only one road to the Island. Especially in the afternoon traffic moves very slowly. It took us 1.5 hr. to drive 3 miles! But the area is really nice. Take your time to walk the 4 miles through the J.N.Darling National Wildlife Refuge and you... More

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East Norriton, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Boat ride was informative - gift shop was nice - kayaking available, but sun was intense the day we visited - saw Manatees up close - tour guide was great!

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide was wonderful and took the time to thoroughly explain the refuge and all of the protected animals, birds and reptiles you can see there. He was kind enough to stop the tour bus many times to show us interesting things. I highly recommend to everyone.

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