Nature & Recreation

Looking for Nature & Recreation?

To find the wildest scene on Sanibel, follow Periwinkle Way heading west to where it ends at Tarpon Bay Road. Turn right to get to Sanibel-Captiva Road, which will take you away from the bustle of “downtown Sanibel”. Most of this drive travels along refuge land, soothing to the eyes, ears and emotions. Watch and listen for ospreys screeching their parental precautions from atop man-made pole aeries. Egrets splash around in the puddles after rain. And you never know when a momma raccoon and family will skitter across the road, or a marsh rabbit will bounce out of the dense vegetation of palmettos and sea grapes.

Along the way, natural attractions teach about island flora and fauna: the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Center, Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife facility, and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. At Sanibel Elementary School, the city’s recreation department maintains a public complex with swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, playground and kids’ after-school and summer programs.

For other recreation options, check with local marinas, Rental facilities about equipment for sailing, power-boating, windsurfing, in-line skating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking (See Shops and Services).

SANIBEL ISLAND MUSEUMS AND RECREATION CENTERS

VENUE
ACTIVITIES
SCHEDULE

Bailey’s-Matthews Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel
(239) 395-2233

Sea Shell Museum with educational exhibits of shells from Sanibel and other areas of the world.

Open Daily
10:00am to 4:00pm
Kids 5 -16yr: $3
Adults 17yr & Up: $6

C.R.O.W. – Clinic for Rehab of Wildlife 
3883 Sanibel Captiva Road
(239) 472-3644

Wildlife Rehab Facility with education center to teach public about indigenous wildlife.

Daily Education Program
11:00am Mon-Fri

Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve
One Wildlife Drive (off San Cap Rd)
(239) 472-1100 ext 233

Nature Preserve with education center, walking trails, nature tours, canoe trails, bike trails, wildlife drive.

Open Daily
9:00am – 5:00pm
No fee for education center. For trails: $5/car & $1/person, tour pricing varies

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation – Nature Center
3333 Sanibel Captiva Dr
(239) 472-2329

Nature Exhibit with nature trail, walking tours, Butterfly House and Native Plant Nursery. Gift shops on premises.

Open Daily
Mon – Fri.
Entry fee for ed center;
Nature tour prices vary.

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village
950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel
(239) 472-4648

Step right into Olde Sanibel buildings preserved and displayed for your enjoyment. Sanibel Historical Info.

Wed – Sat. 10:00am to 4:00pm
(summers hours differ)
Entry fee $5 (kids get in free)
Open daily Mon – Fri.
Nature tour prices vary/person

Tarpon Bay Explorers
Nature Tours & Rentals
900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel
(239) 472-8900

Fishing Guides & rental; Nature shop; Bike rental; Tram Tours; Kayak & Canoe tours & rental; Pontoon Boat Rental; & more.

Open Daily
Prices vary

VENUE

Bailey’s-Matthews Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel
(239) 395-2233

ACTIVITIES
Sea Shell Museum with educational exhibits of shells from Sanibel and other areas of the world.
SCHEDULE

Open Daily
10:00am to 4:00pm
Kids 5 -16yr: $3
Adults 17yr & Up: $6

VENUE

C.R.O.W. – Clinic for Rehab of Wildlife 
3883 Sanibel Captiva Road
(239) 472-3644

ACTIVITIES
Wildlife Rehab Facility with education center to teach public about indigenous wildlife.
SCHEDULE

Daily Education Program
11:00am Mon-Fri

VENUE

Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve
One Wildlife Drive (off San Cap Rd)
(239) 472-1100 ext 233

ACTIVITIES
Nature Preserve with education center, walking trails, nature tours, canoe trails, bike trails, wildlife drive.
SCHEDULE

Open Daily
9:00am – 5:00pm
No fee for education center. For trails: $5/car & $1/person, tour pricing varies

VENUE

Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation – Nature Center
3333 Sanibel Captiva Dr
(239) 472-2329

ACTIVITIES
Nature Exhibit with nature trail, walking tours, Butterfly House and Native Plant Nursery. Gift shops on premises.
SCHEDULE

Open Daily
Mon – Fri.
Entry fee for ed center;
Nature tour prices vary.

VENUE

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village
950 Dunlop Road, Sanibel
(239) 472-4648

ACTIVITIES
Step right into Olde Sanibel buildings preserved and displayed for your enjoyment. Sanibel Historical Info.
SCHEDULE

Wed – Sat. 10:00am to 4:00pm
(summers hours differ)
Entry fee $5 (kids get in free)
Open daily Mon – Fri.
Nature tour prices vary/person

VENUE

Tarpon Bay Explorers
Nature Tours & Rentals
900 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel
(239) 472-8900

ACTIVITIES
Fishing Guides & rental; Nature shop; Bike rental; Tram Tours; Kayak & Canoe tours & rental; Pontoon Boat Rental; & more.
SCHEDULE

Open Daily
Prices vary