The Latest Updates


"Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Front Desk only; exhibits closed; number of entries limited to 25 at a time)
The Center will close on Sundays until further notice.
The Nature Store flagship open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.
The Nature Store2 at 2250 Periwinkle Way open Tuesday-Saturday 1- a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wildlife Drive (7:00-5:30 Saturday through Thursday - closed Friday); new entrance fees in effect.
"America's Best Restrooms" and the water bottle fill station daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trails at Bailey Tract open daily sunrise to sunset
Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge's recreation concession: rentals, tram tours (at 50% capacity), paddling tours, limited boat tours (at 50% capacity), fishing charters, boat ramp, and gift shop are open. Call 239-472-8900 for the latest information and reservations. 
In compliance with CDC protocols, the Refuge still encourages visitors, staff, and volunteers to wear masks, especially indoors and where distancing is not possible. Persons who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks. “Fully vaccinated” occurs two weeks following a final dose of COVID-19 vaccination.
All Refuge tours and Tarpon Bay Explorers tours remain limited and distanced.  
Stay tuned to this site for more news of changes and reopenings.