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Places of Interest on Sanibel Island

There are so many activities to do on Sanibel Island, I thought it would be interesting to tell you about a few places that are more unique to visit on the island.

First would be the Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. This museum is located at 950 Dunlop Road, which is off Periwinkle Way. The village which shows the history of Sanibel Island will take you back to the days that ferry boats were the only access to the island.

This village began with only one building called Ruland House. The house was turned into a museum to demonstrate old-island lifestyles. The oldest building is Burnap Cottage which was built in 1898. They have artifacts that date back to the Calusa Indians that once occupied this island. There is also the old Bailey's General Store, Miss Charlotte's Tea Room, a 1926 post office and a Sears/Roebuck catalog home! They have a new addition added on 2004, the old schoolhouse that was moved from Periwinkle Way which used to house a local theater group.

You can visit this museum between 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday from mid November to mid-August. On Sundays you may visit between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. from December thru Easter. The cost is $3.00. The museum is closed on holidays. Phone: 239-472-4648 for more information.

Sanibel Island Lighthouse

Next you can visit the Sanibel Lighthouse also known as the Point Ybel Light. The Lighthouse is located at the east end of Periwinkle Way. It was first lit in August of 1884. Since 1950 the United States Coast Guard property has been designated as wildlife refuge. There is a great trail to walk which is called the "Lighthouse Keeper's Trail". The Lighthouse is not the type you can walk up and into and see a great view. You can walk around the Lighthouse itself and view it. There are a few outbuildings but they are not open to the public.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation maintains around 1,500 acres around the Sanibel Island area. It has four miles of nature trails and a great observation tower. They offer guided tours and nature field trips to the local beaches and wetlands. Their Nature Center houses a marine-life touch tank (kids will love this!) and other exhibits to delight and educate all visitors. They have Butterfly House which you can visit and tour only on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. They recommend that you call in advance for tours of the Butterfly House. The guide will teach you about the complete life cycle of the butterfly from caterpillar to adult.

For more information please call 239-472-2329. The SCCF is located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road at Mile Marker One. Admission is $2.00 for visitors 12 and older. Hours of operation change seasonally.

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