Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife#7 in Best Things To Do in Sanibel Island
The Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife was founded by Shirley Walter in 1968 after she realized there was no facility on Sanibel to aid injured local wildlife. Since then, CROW has nursed thousands of animal patients and cared for more than 200 species. The clinic's specialists provide emergency medicine, surgery and rehabilitation to animals. Each year, they help more than 3,000 animals. CROW is also a teaching hospital where veterinary students can hone their skills.
You don't have to be a wounded bird or student to visit. CROW's Visitor Education Center has interactive exhibits to teach visitors about the clinic's history and how the organization cares for animals. You can also attend daily presentations given by a staff member and an Animal Ambassador. Presentations explain how wildlife are rescued and give more information about the different patients. You can even go on a Wildlife Walk, which is a guided tour of the hospital.
Animal lovers raved about CROW. They appreciated the nonprofit's mission. Parents loved that the exhibits and experiences are geared toward kids. Multiple travelers encouraged others to take the guided tour to see the hospital.
The Visitor Education Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round. From January through April, it's open Saturday as well. Presentations are offered at 11 a.m.; there's an additional 2 p.m. presentation from January through July. Admission costs $12 for visitors 13 and older and $7 for children ages 4 to 12. Tours of the hospital require a reservation and cost $25 per person. Visit CROW's website for more information.
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#1 Bowman's Beach
Bowman's is well known for having beautiful, unusual shells, but you'll have to put a little effort into finding the true gems along this beach. Recent travelers found the best method is to step waist-deep in the water and dig your feet into the sand to find the shells. (You may want to wear water shoes to protect your feet.)
Beachgoers routinely praised Bowman's for its excellent shelling and expansive sands that let visitors find their own spots with ease. Several also enjoyed riding their bikes to the beach, saying that the ride is easy along the nearby path.