Explore Sanibel Island
Activities & Attractions
Sanibel Island’s tucked away location makes it a perfect getaway for family members of all ages. At Sundial Resort, exploring Sanibel Island’s activities and attractions is easy – many are located just steps from our door!
Named for two pioneer island families, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is the most comprehensive museum in the nation, exclusively devoted to shells, featuring exhibits illustrating shells from geographical, historical, scientific, and artistic perspectives.
Big Arts Center
home for all the arts
With an extraordinary line-up of performances and educational programs showcasing dance, the visual arts, classical, jazz and popular music, a children’s summer camp, lectures, award-winning film and theater, classes and workshops, BIG ARTS has something for everyone.
J. N. “DING” DARLING
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
This 6,300-acre Florida wildlife refuge is home to 238 species of birds, more than 50 types of reptiles and 32 different kinds of mammals, featuring wonderful bird watching spots, bike and walking paths, winding canoe trails, and a four-mile scenic drive. The Refuge also offers 10% OFF purchases in their Nature Gift Shop and a variety of FREE programs every week to resort guests.
MUSEUM AND VILLAGE
The beautiful and serene setting created by this collection of late 19th and early 20th century buildings brings early Sanibel back to life. The Village relates the history of the island from the days of the Calusa Indians up to the mid-1900s.
GOLF & TENNIS CLUB
Our island neighbor, The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, extends playing privileges to guests of Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Set within a stunning wildlife preserve, this spectacular 18-hole championship course offers breathtaking views while challenging golfers of all skill levels on perfectly contoured fairways and greens. A unique aqua driving range, full service Pro Shop and club rentals are available.
The Conservation Foundation’s Nature Center encompasses 260 of the more than 1,800 acres owned and managed as a preserve for Florida wildlife. Visitors can enjoy onsite attractions including 4.5 miles of walking trails, an observation tower, and butterfly exhibit. The Conservation’s Nature Center also has a marine-life touch tank, an alligator jawbone, a mangrove diorama, and other exhibits showcasing the island habitat.
(POINT YBEL LIGHT)
Possibly the most photographed structure in Sanibel, the Sanibel Island Lighthouse was the first lighthouse on Florida’s Gulf coast north of Key West and the Dry Tortugas. The lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but guests are welcome to visit the wildlife refuge where it sits, where they can snap a few photos from the outside and enjoy the adjacent fishing pier and beach access.
The Clinic for the
Rehabilitation of Wildlife
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife hosts educational events, community days, and fundraising affairs in an effort to educate local residents and island visitors about its wildlife rehabilitation efforts. The Center also offers daily presentations, hands-on exhibits, videos, and live web cameras displaying wild animals in various stages of rehabilitation and release.