Family Fun Weekend Oct. 18 – 19th

DATE: October 15, 2014

If you are staying at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa for the weekend of October 18-19th, you’re in for tons to do and lots of fun!

On Saturday, October 18th the 6th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H is being held at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from this event will support the human services efforts of F.I.S.H., a partner of United Way and the area’s leading nonprofit, non-sectarian organization focused on “neighbors helping neighbors.”

Fish 5k

On Sunday, October 19th J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by rewarding visitors with a week-long series of FREE events and activities from October 19-25th. The refuge is known on Sanibel Island for its beautiful nature preserve, abundant bird population and onsite outdoor activities.


We encourage you to stay with us for this family fun weekend in Sanibel Island. To participate in the 6th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H, register online or download the printable registration form. To find out more about J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge 25th Anniversary celebration, check out the information below:


The celebration will kick off at the refuge on Sunday, October 19th, with Family Fun Day, offering families FREE access to:

  • Refuge Tours
  • LIVE Wildlife Presentations
  • Archery Clinics
  • Touch Tank Presentations (presented at Tarpon Bay Explorers)
  • Butterfly House
  • Kids’ Nature Crafts
  • Puppet Show with Life-Sized Endangered Animals, presented by Heather Henson’s Ibex Puppetry
  • Silver Scavenger Hunt with 25 fun prizes (check-in at the Welcome Table)


Plan to arrive early and be sure to bring along your smartphone because the first 250 visitors to download the Discover “Ding” Mobile App will receive a FREE t-shirt. And that’s not all! The refuge will also provide families with FREE:

  • Parking at the Tram Parking Lot
  • Shuttle Service
  • Hot Dogs
  • Face-Painting (in the Education Center Birding Room)



During this week-long celebration, families will also be granted discounts and FREE access to:

  • Bird Watching Trails
  • Biking Trails
  • Kayaking Areas
  • Paddle Boarding Areas
  • Sea Life Boating Areas
  • Interpretive Presentations


Start planning your attendance to this week-long event. Check out the complete list of discounts and freebies on the refuge’s 25th Anniversary event page on the refuge’s website!


Book your Stay

To book your stay at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, visit us online or call 239-472-4151. See you this weekend!


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