Whether you are planning a weekend getaway with friends or a long vacation with family, Sanibel Island is guaranteed to meet all your expectations and more! Between the abundance of wildlife on the island to its surreal beaches, there’s no denying its beauty. If you are looking to have fun-filled and memorable vacation at, look no further than the Island Inn.

Here are 8 fun activities to put on your list of things to do while vacationing on Sanibel Island:

Island Inn Vacation - National Shell Museum - Sanibel Island1. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum & Shelling

Everyone knows Sanibel is world renowned for its shells.  That’s why you simply cannot visit Sanibel Island without going to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. This vibrant and interactive Museum is the only of its kind that is solely devoted to shells, mollusk, and the coastal environment they call home. Live animal “tank talks” as well as many other fun, interactive programs coupled with great exhibits make for a wonderful experience at any age.  After a day at the museum go apply your knowledge to our beaches to become a Sanibel shell expert!


Island Inn Paddleboard Rentals2. Kayaking or Paddleboarding at the Island Inn

Kayaking or Paddleboarding at the Island Inn is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience in the Gulf. Canoe & Kayak Magazine and Paddler Magazine both list Sanibel as a top destination for great weather, abundant wildlife, world-class beaches and proximity to other hot spots such as Captiva and Pine Island. The Island Inn offers kayak and paddleboard rentals directly on the property, just steps away from your room!


Island Inn Vacation - Sanibel Island Farmer's Market3. Sanibel Island Farmers Market

What better way to experience the Sanibel Island lifestyle than eating locally grown produce, breads, baked goods and more! This popular, open-air market is located on Dunlop Road every Sunday from October through May.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet local islanders and eat delicious food!


Adventures in Paradise Cruise - SWFL4. Adventures in Paradise Cruise

Feeling like cruising on the water? Think about joining one of the many daily cruises from Adventures in Paradise! Offered at times throughout the day, hop on a Morning Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise, Shelling & Lunch Cruise, Sea Life Encounter cruise or the Sunset Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise.  If you’re planning your vacation between October & May, Adventures in Paradise offers free trolley pick up & return to the Island Inn with certain cruises! Be sure to ask about it when making your reservation!


CROW - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife5. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

If you love learning about wildlife, CROW is the perfect place for you to visit during your vacation. CROW, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine. Be sure to check out the visitor education tour and become even more connected to wildlife!


YOLO Watersports - Island Inn Vacation6. Waverunner Excursion or Parasailing at YOLO Watersports

Explore the Gulf of Mexico on waverunners at YOLO Watersports, located on Captiva Island. Many excursions have the fortune of seeing dolphins, West Indian Manatees, rays, turtles and more! Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime experience… YOLO.


<Sanibel Day Spa - Island Inn Vacation />7. Sanibel Day Spa

Once you’re done exploring the outdoors, be sure to stop by the Sanibel Day Spa to enjoy a relaxing, therapeutic massage, facial and more. Show your Island Inn exclusive promotion card and receive 10% off! You’re on a Sanibel vacation… treat yourself!


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Sanibel and Captiva feature many shops and lots of fun local boutiques! For a new stylish outfit stop in to a few of our favorites and check out the shopping plazas around Sanibel & Captiva to find that special item to cherish your vacation!

  • Why Knot

    • Located within the Village Shops on Sanibel, Why Knot provides island fashion to women of all ages! A favorite with locals and visitors to find an outfit that is comfortable and stylish!
  • Chloe’s of Captiva

    • This boutique is located on Andy Rosse Lane on Captiva, Chloe’s of Captiva features fashionable brands and many styles for multiple occasions!