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Things to do in Sanibel Island

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Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
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Ranked #3 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
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Ranked #4 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Outdoors
Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching.
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Ranked #5 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks
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Ranked #6 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell... more » Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world devoted to shells. Exhibits include shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, World Record size shells, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. The learning lab features a hands-on play area for children, displays, games, and a tank with indigenous mollusks. A half-hour video, Mollusks in Action, is shown on the hour, and a children's video is shown continuously. The museum store offers a wide selection of shell books « less
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Ranked #7 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Museums
A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
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Ranked #8 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: The Botanical Gardens of Sanibel Moorings Resort are overflowing with 6 acres of mature and unusual tropical flora and fauna.... more » Owner description: The Botanical Gardens of Sanibel Moorings Resort are overflowing with 6 acres of mature and unusual tropical flora and fauna. Join the Head Gardener, Anita Force Marshall, for an open to the public 2 hour walking tour. A must see for plant lovers and Garden Clubs!Every Wednesday at 9am. RSVP required please. $5.00 fee per person. Self Guided Tours are available daily 8am-5pm, check in at the office after parking in a GUEST parking space. This will take you around 6 acres of our tropical botanical beauties at your own leisurely pace. Fee is $5.00/group donation. « less
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Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches; Outdoors

Bowman Beach is the perfect place for sunsets. One of the only truly West facing beaches on Sanibel. There are picnic tables, drink machines, bathroom facilities and paid parking... more »

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Ranked #10 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Playgrounds; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Golf Courses; Sports
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Ranked #12 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Educational Sites; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #13 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Art Galleries; Educational Sites; Performances; Cultural

Whether your interest is in classical, jazz or popular music, dance, the visual arts, lectures, film or theater, summer art camp for kids, adult works... -- BIG ARTS has something... more »

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Ranked #14 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #15 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Theaters; Performances
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Ranked #16 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
The main street running through Sanibel Island is lined with shops, boutiques, galleries and cafes.
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Ranked #17 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #18 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
This lighthouse, built in 1884, offers a storied history, unusual architecture and quiet spots for romantic interludes.
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Ranked #19 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #20 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Golf Courses; Sports
Owner description: Located just off of the shores of Southwest Florida, Sanibel Island is home to some of the area's best resorts, real estate,... more » Owner description: Located just off of the shores of Southwest Florida, Sanibel Island is home to some of the area's best resorts, real estate, and recreation. Known for its gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island's incredible natural setting makes it the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the game of golf. Today's featured course, Sanibel Island Golf Club, plays like a championship course should: challenging each aspect of your game throughout a fabulous 18-hole layout. Rated 69.9, measuring a slope of 129, and lush with indigenous wildlife, it is truly one of the finest playing experiences in the Sunshine State. Playing just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, Sanibel Island Golf Club's semi-private layout is an uncompromising tropical paradise perfect for the player of any skill or ability level. Each hole brings with it picturesque views, natural challenge, and ideal conditions to play your best golf. Proper course management and shot execution are a must on Sanibel Island, as the beauty throughout can quickly turn into hazards and difficulty. With forced carries over water, cleverly placed bunkers, well protected greens, and a vast array of abundant wildlife, a round at Sanibel Island Golf Club is everything you want - and more. Like most great golf facilities, the course at Sanibel Island is just one aspect of this incredible destination. Make sure to check out the golf shop which carries a variety of apparel and equipment that'll help improve your performance and your look. Sanibel Island Golf Club is also home to the Sanibel Island Tennis Club featuring state-of-the-art Hyrdo-Grid Tennis Courts that'll make you feel like a pro. After your day of the fun, the Blue Coyote Supper Club is the perfect place to grab a great meal, a delicious drink, and toast your scores. Beautiful weather, a gorgeous setting, and an tremendous facility, let Sanibel Island Golf Club play host to your next great round of golf. « less
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Ranked #21 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Trails; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #24 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #25 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

The USCGS Mohawk was sunk about 30 miles off Sanibel Island as an artificial reef and memorial. The site is rich in marine life, even whale sharks are seen here - about the only... more »

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Ranked #26 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Features a collection of shell-type art.
Ranked #27 of 28 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Marinas; Outdoors
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