J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Low tide is the best time for wildlife viewing at the refuge, hours vary monthly. Start your visit at our FREE education/visitor center open daily for all the details. Explore the 4-mile Wildlife Drive by vehicle, tram, bike, kayak or foot open 6 days a week, closed Fridays. Water related activities are available with refuge concessionaire, Tarpon Bay Explorers 239/ 472-8900 tarponbayexplorers.com Embrace technology while enjoying nature with the first of its kind iNature Trail. This self-guided trail uses QR codes to teach visitors with the touch of their smart phone. Or do a technology treasure hunt with our geocache program. Earn a badge and become a Jr Refuge Manager inquire at our information desk. Interpretive programs and tours change seasonally. fws.gov/dingdarling 239/472-1100



Bicycle Trails, Bicycling, Birding, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking


Baby-changing station, Bus Parking, Concessions, Gift Shop, Instruction Available, Instruction Available, Parking

Average Visit Time

2 - 3 hours, Half day

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Compliant, Disability Accessible, Disability Discount, Wheelchair-accessible Transportation, Wheelchair-friendly

Fishing Type

Back Bay Fishing, Fishing Charter

Guest Information

Children Allowed, Family Friendly

Hours of Operation

Open Year-Round