Explore Fort Myers
J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
This pristine wildlife refuge, named after famous "Des Moines Register" cartoonist and conservationist J. N. "Ding" Darling, offers more than 6,000 acres of South Florida's wildest wetlands,... Read More
This pristine wildlife refuge, named after famous "Des Moines Register" cartoonist and conservationist J. N. "Ding" Darling, offers more than 6,000 acres of South Florida's wildest wetlands, pearly-white beaches and mangrove forests. The refuge has an international reputation for its massive migratory bird population, more than 250 species live here. Among the park's many other permanent residents are alligators, river otters, manatees, snakes and sea turtles. Many endangered and threaten species find solace in the refuge as well. While you have wide access, it's important to remember that this is their turf. Visitors can bike or hike more than 7 miles of trails within the park or take advantage of the guided canoe trips and narrated tram tours.
Hours:Due to COVID-19, please check with the attraction for the most recent updates to their opening hours.
- Cars $5, Bikes/hikers $1
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The refuge is a top birding spot, popular with wildlife photographers, featuring more than 6000 acres to explore by boat, bike or foot.
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: You never know what type of wildlife you will encounter at this massive refuge on Sanibel Island that offers tours, biking and even boating.