Things to Do at Sanibel and Captiva Islands with Kids

Your vacation is rated a success, when kids love it. Captiva and Sanibel Islands is a great and an easy vacationing option. The high-rise development has been stopped till the mainland, so that the islands glow in their unspoiled beauty.

You can rent a number of condos for the week. Captiva island rentals are comfortable and easy on your pockets. With you kids in tow, you can have a blast with many attractions.

Sea school

With admission limited to 24 per day, Sanibel Sea School, would give your children a hands-on experience in the world of marine conservation. They would be swimming and making friends with sea turtles, birds and crabs, under professionals.

Sanibel lighthouse

This marks the entrance to San Carlos Bay, since 1884. This is a tower, with natural trails, shelling area and a fishing pier.

J N Darling National Wildlife refuge

This refuge has been saving sea life since 1976. You can take a boat tour or kayaking. You are provided with a guided tour that gets you quite close to the inhabitants there – sea alligators, raccoons, otters, dolphins and manatees. You get to your fill, seeing birds in these 6300 hectares of wilderness.

Cayo Costa state park

This national park in the Captiva Island is a place of untouched beauty. You can go for a swim, snorkel or take a kayak. This is a nine-mile stretch of beach with pines and mangrove swamps. You will be able to take a swim alongside a pod of dolphins or manatees.

Bailey Matthews shell museum

Sanibel beaches are shell-lover’s paradise. Children can spend hours of shell collecting, especially after a low tide. And, there is this shell museum that takes you through all the aspects of a shell – conchology, malacology, palaeontology, archaeology.


You and your family can rent bicycles available on these islands. Soak in the sun and the surf. Dip yourself into the ice cream scoops from town. And, there is the spectacular sunset that seals your day with beauty and memories.

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