J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge375 Votes Currently Open
Jay Norwood Darling was a popular cartoonist with a passion for the environment. The double Pulitzer Prize winner was appointed head of the U.S Biological Survey and the National Wildlife Federation but his most valiant effort took place in 1945.
On the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel, lies the beautiful, luscious J.N (Ding) Darling National Wildlife Refuge. In 1945, this was a parcel of land which the government intended to sell to developers. At Darling’s behest, President Truman turned the area into a wildlife refuge, thus protecting the 6,400 acres of mangrove that thrive in the area.
- Submerged seagrass beds, cordgrass marshes and West Indian Hardwood Hammocks will delight plant lovers.
- Over 245 birds visit the refuge throughout the year, including different species of flamingos, pelicans, ducks, vultures, kites, hawks and falcons.
- There are 35 species of mammals, such as bobcats, rabbits, racoons and otters.
- The reptiles that have made this place their home are fascinating. You’ll find the American Crocodile, the American Alligator, turtles, tortoises, a variety of snakes and lizards. You’ll also meet frogs, and different kinds of fish.
- There are a few endangered species of animals that pass by, such as the loggerhead sea turtle, the small tooth saw fish, the West Indian manatee and the wood stork.
J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge Travel Tips
- The best place to start your journey is the visitor and information centre, which is wheelchair accessible.
- The best time to visit is during low tide.
- Take plenty of water, sunscreen, hats and comfortable walking shoes.
- Dogs are allowed on the Wildlife Drive, Indigo Trail and Bailey Tract but they have to be kept on the leash no longer than 6 feet.
Entrance Ticket Details For J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge
- Wildlife Drive: Admission: $5 per vehicle, $1 per pedestrian, $1 per bicycle.
- Indigo Trail Admission: $1 per pedestrian, $1 per bicycle (no vehicles).
- Bailey Tract Admission: FREE, pedestrian and bicycles only.
- Doc Ford’s Sanibel Bar and Grill (Sports bar, Caribbean)
- Sunset Grill Incorporated (Seafood)
- Mad Hatter Restaurant (High End, Seafood)
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95% of people who visit Sanibel include J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
81.13% of people start their J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting J.n. Darling National Wildlife Refuge