Sanibel's J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is world famous, and absolutely worth the visit! Located on Sanibel-Captiva Road, the Refuge has eight miles of walking/biking trails that can fill your day, along with incredible bird watching opportunities. You can watch Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the ponds, as wall as a gator or two sunning along the road. The Refuge also offers tram rides as well as daily events for adults and children.
You can read more about the Refuge Here, and watch my short video (left). The Refuge also has an informative Welcome Center that tells the history of Ding Darling's incredible life as well as and the history of the Refuge. The Welcome Center has lots of information, along with a gift shop and walking/driving tour maps, and scheduled daily activities.
The Refuge also includes the Bailey Tract, located off Tarpon Bay Road. The Tract is 100 acres with walking/biking trails and incredible wildlife. You can read more about the Bailey Tract Here.
"Ding Darling" was a well-known political cartoonist, as well as an environmentalist. He was instrumental in getting President Truman to sign an Executive Order that created the Refuge in 1945. It wasn't until 1967 that the Refuge was renamed in honor of J.N. "Ding" Darling. Today the Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 6,400 acres, with 2,800 acres being designated by Congress as a Federal Wildlife Preserve.
Wildlife Drive will give you and your family an experience you will talk about for years. Your children will never forget their visit! The views are spectacular, especially at low tide when the birds flock to the sand bars to eat.
Definitely put a trip to Sanibel's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on your vacation schedule! If you're reading this from miles away, you can pull up live wildlife cameras from the Refuge Here.
And of course summertime is a great time to check out Sanibel and Captiva real estate! This year we have a super selection of homes, condos and homesites to choose from. You can see my listingsHere, or you can search every listing in our multiple listing service Here. Another way to find the perfect property is to just Contact Me with your criteria and put me to work for you! I live here and I know the market. Let me help you find your perfect place in paradise!
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