Explore Sanibel and Take the Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour

On your next trip to Sanibel Island, you’ll be right near some of the best attractions in the area. But what if you’re looking specifically for family-friendly activities in Sanibel? Are there going to be enough attractions that you and your kids can all enjoy together?

Don’t worry! Sanibel Island is full of family-friendly activities, no matter what you’re interested in. While you’re in town, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour presented by Tarpon Bay Explorers.

This expedition is the perfect addition to your itinerary and provides an experience that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy. 

birds perched in the ocean

What is the Tram Tour?

The Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour from Tarpon Bay Explorers takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey through the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll have an expert guide taking you across the Refuge and pointing out the most stunning flora and fauna in the area, as well as educating you about the history and ecology of the refuge.  

These incredible tours last for 1.5 hours, and reservations are recommended. One of the best things about the Tram Tour is its affordability. Adults pay just $13 each for admission, and children pay $8 each. For a specific tram tour schedule, please call Tarpon Bay Explorers at (239) 472-8900. 


Wildlife You Will See

The biggest draw to this activity is the breathtaking Sanibel Island wildlife you’ll see along the way. You’ll be able to get close to some fantastic animal species that you may have never seen in the wild before! A tram tour is actually the perfect way to see these animals in a form that benefits the wildlife. The trams reduce automobile traffic throughout the Refuge, cutting down on pollution and keeping the animals safe and happy. 

The Refuge is one of the best locations for Florida birdwatching, since there are countless species you can find down in the water or high in the trees. You can spot stunning local species like herons, egrets, and ibis, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot the rare roseate spoonbill! 

But birds aren’t the only wildlife you’ll spot. You can also get up close and personal with some of Florida’s most fascinating marine life. It’s not uncommon to spot alligators crawling around in the waters! Don’t worry, though; you won’t get close enough for them to come at you. If you’re wanting to spot some adorable dolphins and manatees, this tram tour gives you the perfect opportunity to see them splash and play. 

bird watching

What to Bring

Of all the things to do in Sanibel, the Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour is by far one of the most exciting. But before you can head out, you need to be prepared. First, you’ll want to bring anything you need to stay cool and protected from the sun. This might include a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Short-sleeved shirts and shorts are good clothing options for the warm Sanibel Island weather, and for your footwear, opt for comfortable sneakers. It’s never a bad idea to pack bug spray, too!

Since you won’t be driving yourself through the Refuge, you’ll be able to keep your hands free. Make sure you bring your binoculars to get the best view of the animals! You might also want to bring your camera to capture some spectacular images of these creatures in action. Finally, bring your sense of adventure! You’re going to get a whole new perspective on Florida’s nature and wildlife, so get ready for a truly unique experience.

Plan Your Next Vacation

If you’re searching for Sanibel Island things to do, make sure that the Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour is at the top of your list. While you’re in the area, take the time to explore other exciting outdoor activities like hiking! And when you’re ready to turn in for the night, you can return to one of our Sanibel Island homes to relax and unwind. Contact us today to learn more about all of our rental properties!