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- Address: 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, USA 33957
- Hours: Open daily from 7am to sunset; closed on Fridays
- Admission: $5 per vehicle
Located on the northern shore of sleepy Sanibel Island is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Named after a Pulitzer prizewinning cartoonist, this 6,300-acre wetland and mangrove swamp is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States and is a world-recognized national treasure. A natural abundance of exotic birds makes for great bird-watching even for only passing enthusiasts. Alligators, raccoons, osprey, and the American crocodile can also be spotted either on a short walking trail or via the guided TRAM. Guided kayak and canoe tours are also available, as is The Wildlife Drive, a scenic 4-mile drivable loop through the park — great ways to get close to some of Florida’s best wildlife.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located at One Wildlife Drive on Sanibel Island, Florida. Fees are $5 per vehicle and the park is open from 7am to sunset year-round. The Wildlife Drive is closed on Fridays.