Places To Visit....Things to Do
In-and-Around Sanibel Island

Old Town Sanibel - Near world-famous shelling beaches, quaint village shops, grocery, deli and breadfast and lunch cafe. Near the historic Lighhouse, fishing pier, marina and nature walks. Also has four quaint Inns and Cottages, within walking or biking distance.

Sanibel Lighthouse - On the East end of Sanmibel Island. Public parking at the beach at east end of Periwinkle Way. Since 1950, the U.S. Coast Guard property at the Lighhouse has been a wildlife refuge.

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge - Number one Wildlife Drive (off San-Cap Road). A 5,000 acre sanctuary offering hiking, biking and canoe trails. More than 200 species of birds nest here (many of them threatened or endangered), allligators, turtles, river otters, armadillos and other creatures may be spotted. There is a Visitor Center with guides and facilities, observation tower and canoe rentals. Open daily 9am to sunset, closed Fridays.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Center - Mile Marker 1, San-Cap Road. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to conserving the Island's natural resources. Several miles of walking trails, exhibits, marine touch tank, native plant nursery and nature store. Open 8:30am-3pm Monday through Friday during the summer, 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday through Saturday during the winter months. There is a nominal admission fee.

Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.) - 3883 San-Cap Road. Non-profit veterinary hospital dedicated to rehabilitation and return to the wild of ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife. Patients from all over Southwest Florida are received annually. They have thousands of patients. Tours are 11:00am Monday - Friday, 1:00pm Sunday, no tours on Saturday. There is a requested donation of $3.00.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum - 3075 San-Cap Road. The Shell Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. Exhibits are devoted to shells in art and history, shell habitats, rare specimens, fossil shells and local Sanibel-Captiva shells. Open 10:00am -4:00pm Tuesday - Sunday, closed Mondays. Adults 17 and up $5.00, age 8 to 16 $3.00, children 7 and under are free. Group rates and tour information are available.

Everglades Day Safari - An Everglades tour of bird watching and wildlife photography of alligators, panthers, manatees, reptiles and more in southwest Florida's Big Cypress preserve and Everglades. A full day of riverboat, hiking, airboats and van exploration with highly trained guides. Tours depart daily from Sanibel, Ft. Myers Beach and Naples/Marco Island area

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