Land Tours | Marshland & Estuary Tours | Sea & Gulf Tours
Sanibel Island attracts visitors with its beautiful shoreline, breathtaking gulf waters, diverse ecology, historic houses and so much more. Experience both the island’s hidden and more prominent gems with an expert-led tour. Here at Island Inn we have gathered the most popular tours on Sanibel Island and listed them in three categories; Land Tours, Marshland/estuary Tours and Sea Tours.
Sanibel Island is known for many of its land-based attractions: Lighthouses, historic buildings and homes, wonderful museums and more. Guided tours with knowledgeable staff will let you in on all the secrets of Sanibel Island. Use our list of Sanibel Island land tours to plan your perfect vacation itinerary.
If you have any questions about the tours listed please call us at 1-800-851-5088.
Lean in to the East end of Sanibel Island on a Segway tour! The route breezes past the old Bailey Homestead, takes in great views of the Sanibel River, and winds to the Periwinkle Campground, with the many species of local wildlife and scenery providing a stunning backdrop.
Learn about Sanibel Island’s storied past at the Historical Museum and Village, where you can tour the seven historical homes onsite. Each of the homes is restored to its original glory. Admission is $5.00 and children under 18 are free.
The Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum boasts a huge collection of the beautiful seashells found on Sanibel Island. This museum also has a schedule chock full of tours, learning activities, guest speakers and more. The museum is open daily and admission is free for children four years and younger, $4.00 for youth ages 5-16 and $7.00 for adults.
Visit the neighboring winter homes and gardens of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The Edison Ford Estates are open year round to accommodate thousands of guests each year.
Marshland & Estuary Tours
More than half of Sanibel Island is dedicated to public wildlife refuges you and your family can explore, offering landscapes ranging from winding estuaries, marshland and undeveloped leeward beaches. Sanibel Island’s marshland is teaming with life, including many species of birds, the American alligator and many other animals. Native vegetation on Sanibel Island includes the sea grape, sea oats, mangroves, and a variety of palm species. All this abundance of life makes for unforgettable tours. Find the right Sanibel Island Marshland and Estuary tour for your trip below.
The J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is one of Sanibel Island’s most popular attractions. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this refuge boasts more than 5,200 acres of protected land. Learn about the mangrove ecosystem and the animals who call it home, including hundreds of migratory bird species.
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation manages more than 1,300 acres of land on Sanibel Island. The SCCF’s many educational programs include beach and rail walks, boat tours, wading trips, kayak tours and classroom-based activities. Be sure to visit the SCCF nature center complete with four miles of trails, an observation tower, a touch tank, butterfly house and Nature Shop.
Experience the Florida Everglades! Everglades Day Safari Ecotour offers the area’s only full day guided tour of the Florida Everglades. The tour includes an airboat ride to see alligators and many species of birds, a boat cruise through the Everglades National Park to see manatee, dolphin and sea turtles, lunch and more! Make your reservation today!
Grab your camera as we take a tour around beautiful south Florida. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an amazing experience. Take a stroll down their boardwalk and see the many species of wildlife and one of the county’s last remaining stands of virgin bald cypresses.
CROW operates a veterinary hospital, educational program and public visitor education center on a 12.5-acre campus on Sanibel Island, Florida. The organization’s primary mission is the rescue, care, rehabilitation and eventual release back to the wild of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Inherent in this mission is the education of adults and children, encouraging them to live a peaceful coexistence with their wild neighbors.
Sea & Gulf Tours
Sanibel Island is located on a sea shelf that extends out into the the warm waters of Gulf of Mexico, providing ideal shelter and nutrients to support an incredible array of wildlife. Come and meet the inhabitants of the gulf while experiencing its beauty on one of the many tours offered. Find the tour that’s right for you in our list of Sanibel Island Sea and Gulf tours.
Guided tours on the Gulf of Mexico are a great way to experience Sanibel Island! Encounter bottle-nosed dolphins as they race alongside your boat and seem to greet you. See exotic birds as they fish and take flight across the gulf. Make a reservation for a guided tour on the gulf and experience Sanibel Island as never before!
Hold onto your hats and get your camera ready! The Sanibel Thriller is the region’s most exciting boat tour. The Thriller Tour circumnavigates the Island and is sure to please. Make your reservations today!
Visit the Island of Cayo Costa, accessed by a three-hour boat trip from Sanibel Island. This Florida State Park Island is one of Florida’s hidden secrets. Secluded Cayo Costa is a prime location for shelling and snorkeling and you are sure to spot some dolphins along the way.
Captiva Cruises range from one-hour sightseeing trips to all-day private sailing charters. Choose a cruise from Captiva Cruises; you’re sure to enjoy every minute!
Experience the Gulf aboard a cruise from Adventures in Paradise. Their Dolphin watch cruise finds dolphins on nine out of 10 cruises. Dolphins not your thing? They have six other cruises to choose from! Make your Sanibel Island cruise reservation at Adventures in Paradise for a guaranteed great time!
Travel to Cayo Costa Island with Captain Mike to search for the hundreds of types of shells that cover the beach. This charter is designed for couples; however, it will accommodate families of four. Come experience the difference with Mike Fuery Tours!