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J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel

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Contact: +1 239 472 1100
Open Hours: Fall and Winter: 7:30am-5:30pm; Wildlife Drive is closed Fridays
The J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge is 5,000 acres of tidal wetlands and mangroves, home to more than 200 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and 32 of mammals. The best (and busiest) times to bird watch are November through April. Explore the park on a two-mile foot trail, several canoe trails, bike paths or the five-mile Wildlife Drive with water on both sides. Camping is not allowed, there are no water or restrooms facilities and the refuge is closed every Friday. Bring cash, water, insect repellant and binoculars. Admission is USD12 per person.