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, mangrove bayous, and undeveloped leeward beaches. Sanibel Island’s marshlands, estuaries, mangroves and beaches are teaming with life, including many species of birds including flamingos and rosette spoonbills, the American alligator, manatees and many other animals. Native vegetation on Sanibel Island is world-class, including 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 for you to tour 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.LEARN MORE
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.