The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge has five miles of nature trails, but to get even closer to the ... More
Tarpon Bay Explorers
The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge has five miles of nature trails, but to get even closer to the wildlife, you can rent a canoe or take a tour of the refuge from Tarpon Bay Recreation. An open-air tram tour with a naturalist costs $8, or $4 for children. A small tour (limit four) in a canoe with a naturalist costs $35 and lasts for 2.5 hours. They also rent and sell canoes and kayaks for self-guided tours, bicycles, canoes with motors for fishing, and fishing rods and reels.
Our family has visited Sanibel Island 17 out of the last 18 years. One thing we have done almost every year is to go on the Canoe Trip through the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife is plentiful along the trip with mostly birds and a some type of fish that jumps out of the water from time to time. The entire trip which only takes a little over an hour goes through the Refuge through a channel and a couple of lakes. The trail is pretty well marked and with the exception of other boaters and birds you are pretty much by yourself. It is a good idea to bring some drinks and suntan lotion. Depending on the tide there is a current. The water is very shallow maybe 18-24 inches deep in most places.
This trip is a good change of pace from normal vacation activities. One other great feature is that they have one of the best/ unique selections of items to buy in their gift shop.
They offer guided tours and other activities but we are happy just to go on the canoe trip.
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