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Ranked #1 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Libraries
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Ranked #2 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
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Ranked #3 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Ranked #4 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; National Parks; State Parks
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 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #6 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Gardens
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 #7 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum... more » Owner description: An American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited non-profit natural science museum, The Bailey-Matthews 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 #8 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches

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 #9 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
A delightful village museum that recounts the island's history through photographs, exhibits and live presentations.
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Ranked #10 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Educational Sites
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Ranked #11 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Educational Sites; Art Galleries; Performances

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 #12 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #13 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Playgrounds
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Ranked #14 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Golf Courses
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Ranked #15 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #16 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
The main street running through Sanibel Island is lined with shops, boutiques, galleries and cafes.
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Ranked #17 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Lighthouses
This lighthouse, built in 1884, offers a storied history, unusual architecture and quiet spots for romantic interludes.
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Ranked #18 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #19 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #20 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Trails; Bodies of Water
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Ranked #21 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Sanibel Island Golf Club wraps around the scenic beauty of the Sanibel River. It is a semi-private, 18-hole par 70... more » Owner description: Sanibel Island Golf Club wraps around the scenic beauty of the Sanibel River. It is a semi-private, 18-hole par 70 championship golf course and offers an unforgettable golf experience for players of all skill levels. If you enjoy nature and wildlife, you'll love Sanibel Island Golf Club! « less
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Ranked #22 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #23 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Historic Sites

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 #24 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
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Ranked #25 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Art Museums
Features a collection of shell-type art.
Ranked #26 of 27 attractions in Sanibel Island
Category: Marinas
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