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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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Surprise of the island

Okay. So, my husband wanted to go. I resisted. I hate birds. This was a wonderful experience... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
cmsbeth
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Nice park

5 dollars per car to drive in 1 dollar per person to bike or walk in. Nice trail system for walking... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
cgregory613
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
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“ding darling” (613 reviews)
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1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3032
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Okay. So, my husband wanted to go. I resisted. I hate birds. This was a wonderful experience. I hate it when he is right! The area is a beautiful Florida treasure. And, as a bonus, on the way out of the park, we saw a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

5 dollars per car to drive in 1 dollar per person to bike or walk in. Nice trail system for walking and viewing nature.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We drove through the preserve as opposed to taking the trolley. You are allowed to go at your own pace. Park anywhere on the right side of the road and enjoy the wildlife. There were several pull off places that had boardwalks that took you...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The visitor center is good (not great but free) and the 4 mile drive is a little boring ($5 for cars or $1 per bike). It would be a lovely bike ride when it’s not too hot. Kayaking the well marked “Commodore Creek” with Tarpon...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

No matter what time of day, we always love doing the kayak/ canoe nature trail. We have done it over 10 times in the last 20 years and always see or experience something new.

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Toni W, Public Relations Manager at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your response- kayaking is a great way to enjoy the refuge! I’m glad you are a longstanding visitor and sharing your comments! Thanks

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Taking the tram with a local scientist was eye opening. We saw more wild life in 45 minutes than I could believe. Very informative and entertaining. A must on Sanibel. .

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We started with an informative overview by a guide in the visitors' center. While we had little time and did not see any wildlife :-( the landscape is beautiful and relaxing while we drove through the 4 mile loop.

Thank PJBSCH
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place to see wildlife & nature. Many types of birds! Nice day trip. Relaxing! Lots to see. Fun & educational.

Thank mbsticks
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the park but hated sharing it with cars...we were on our bikes. Plenty of birds to see and great ride.

1  Thank Maddymaine
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here twice, fist time was exceptional, second was good. the fist time I went I was amazed by all of the wading birds,pelicans and ducks that where all out on the mudflats. This was over winter break, so not too crowded with...More

Thank Sarah R
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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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