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J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3032
+1 239-472-1100
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Great way to learn about the mangrove hammock

Visit the main center to learn about "Ding" and the conservation movement then take the highly... read more

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danielle m
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Miami, Florida
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You can drive, bicycle or walk through this wildlife area. It is operated by the Federal... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
622eagle
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Toms River, New Jersey
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Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching. Fees are required for Wildlife Drive. Wildlife Drive is closed on Fridays. There's an extensive and informative FREE visitor center, a fantastic wildlife drive, tram tours, kayaking, fishing opportunities, picnic benches, and even a free scavenger hunt style game and wildlife spotting app (Discover Ding) if you prefer a self-guided tour.
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1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3032
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Reviewed today

Visit the main center to learn about "Ding" and the conservation movement then take the highly informative tram tour to see the mangrove hammcok and fauna.

Thank danielle m
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You can drive, bicycle or walk through this wildlife area. It is operated by the Federal government. It is free if you have a Golden Age Passport. Otherwise $5 for a car or $1 per bike or hiker. There is no guarantee you will see...More

Thank 622eagle
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful drive, walk or bike ride. We went mid day and saw a bit of wildlife ... Horseshoe crabs, leaping fish and a number of birds. But had we gone in the cooler hours earlier or later in the day I'm sure we would haave...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is $5 for a car or $1 a bike if your are on a rental bike. Check your day of the week , i think closed on Fridays. If you are on sanibel island this is a must do. The route is one way...More

Thank Neill A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

During the season (Jan to mid April) there are very interesting movies and speakers (Free). It fills up fast, esp if it's about birds! The drive is one-way, by car or bike. There is a small fee unless you have the senior national parks pass...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We first drove through in morning then rented bikes and rode through in afternoon. It is a bit of a long ride but worth the views, experiencing the wild life- birds, fish, gators, jungles etc. Roads are wide, traffic slow so very sare for bikes....More

2  Thank Tom J
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Reviewed 5 days ago

visited mid afternoon, and most of the wildlife must have been on their siesta. It was not too hot, low 80's, so we expected to see more than a handful of birds.

Thank peter m
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I did both the wildlife drive (5/car) and the visitors center. The drive was well worth it to me. It is 4 miles, you can pull over anywhere to enjoy/take pictures/etc. Note that you will see more wildlife early in the morning before it gets...More

Thank LST2323
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge while on Sanibel Island. We did walking tours, boat tours and visited the Headquarters with it's museum and gift shop. One of our favorite things was the tram tour of the refuge. Our guide Lewis was...More

Thank 3sunsets
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There's a great hike from the very nice visitor's center, and then a several-mile drive through the park. You can park alongside the road through the park and look at wildlife, plants, and the gorgeous scenery, as well as take several short hikes. While there,...More

Thank Meriah C
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charleskgto
8 April 2018|
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Response from PrMichaelM | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. The visitor center is open every day but the wildlife drive does close on Fridays. So don't wait until the last day of your vacation to visit Ding Darling!
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Mary S
3 April 2018|
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Response from cvaccaro58 | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t see any, but there are lots of birds.
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kbleich2018
16 March 2018|
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Response from Kathy T | Reviewed this property |
Ive never had an issue.
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