J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
You can explore Florida
's unique natural environments and diverse wildlife at this national refuge on the north side of Sanibel Island that's considered one of the best places in the country for birding. More than 270 species of feathered friends live within the 7,600-acre refuge alongside alligators, manatees, reptiles, amphibians, and land mammals that include raccoons, marsh rabbits, bobcats, and river otters. The stars of the show in the refuge change with the seasons-shorebirds are most abundant from October through April and manatees make summertime appearances around Tarpon Bay. Alligators can be spotted year round on self-guided wildlife drives along a four-mile route within the park. Back at the information center, you can browse the informative displays about Southwest Florida's unique flora and fauna.