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A Sensational Summer Begins in Sanibel: 5 Fun Events to Get You Started

Sanibel Island is the vacation destination of your dreams. Between the crystal clear waters and the breathtaking plant and animal life, there’s always something to see outdoors.

Inside attractions are just as great, from interesting historical sites to fun shops and restaurants. Summer in Sanibel is an exciting time, and there’s sure to be a new activity every week!

Here are a few of the upcoming summer events in Sanibel, all conveniently located near the Sanibel Island beachfront rentals offered by Gopher Enterprises.

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Independence Day Fireworks Cruise

If you’re visiting for the 4th of July, you won’t want to miss the fireworks, and what better way to experience them than on the water? This fireworks cruise that Adventures in Paradise offers will take guests along San Carlos Bay, giving you a perfect seat for the main event. The cruise will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will return at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available online and cost $65 per person. Complimentary snacks, water, and soft drinks are included in your ticket price.

Reading in the Refuge

Every Wednesday through the end of July, visit J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for Reading in the Refuge, a family-friendly story time that will give you more insight into the gorgeous nature of the area. While geared toward pre-K through 6th-grade students, this free event is fun for guests of all ages! You do not need to pre-register, and you will also have the chance to make an animal-themed craft. This event occurs from 10-11 a.m. each Wednesday.

Family Beach Walk

Another free program offered by J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the Family Beach Walk. This activity is perfect for getting outside with your loved ones and being up close and personal with the wildlife. Learn all about the beach and its inhabitants from one of the knowledgeable guides. No registration is required, and remember to bring your own water and sunscreen. Though the activity is free, parking fees apply at the meeting site, Gulfside City Park.

All-Inclusive Unlimited Watersports from Sunny Island

If you’re looking to get out on the water, head to nearby Captiva Island to Sunny Island Adventures. All summer long, they offer all of their watersports for one price, giving you the freedom to customize your experience. Take to the sky parasailing, or get some speed on a WaveRunner. Take it slow on a paddleboard, or try to keep your balance on a boogie board. Sunny Island Adventures is just minutes from our Captiva Island rentals and offers their all-inclusive package for $179 per person or $99 for children ages 5-15.

Every Day Happy Hour at Sea Breeze Cafe

Wind down with a casual dinner and enjoy happy hour every day at the Sea Breeze Café. Throughout the summer, this eatery offers happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily, as well as Margarita Mondays from 4-10 p.m. when you can enjoy $5 margaritas. Their food menu includes fresh seafood as well as classic land offerings, which you can enjoy inside or on the terrace overlooking the water. Sea Breeze Café is located at 1451 Middle Gulf Drive in Sanibel.

Plan Your Visit

Summer is buzzing with activity on Sanibel, but you are sure to find something unique and exciting to experience no matter when you come. Gopher Rentals is proud to offer a luxury vacation rental coordination service to guests visiting from far and wide. Your summer getaway to Sanibel and Captiva will be complete in any one of our featured rental complexes on Sanibel Island. Find the ideal spot for your family to unwind each night and spend the quality time you desire. For more information on our North Captiva Island rentals and Sanibel Island properties, contact us today!