When your kids travel, they're probably at least partially inclined to do what they know. While there's nothing wrong with doing what they love, there's so much more that's worth discovering. Sanibel Island is a great place to explore, and a place to learn about another way of life. Here are a few ways to get your kids involved if you have a vacation rental house on the island.


Sanibel Island Bookstore

This independent store may be small, but it has a big selection of kid's books for them choose from. It also has local authors both on the shelves and in-person. Come to a speaking engagement or public reading, and stick around to see what else is new.


Bike the Trails

There's a lot that can be seen when you bike, and the trails of Captiva are fortunately meant for bike riders at all levels. Tricycles and surreys are in plentiful supply for younger kids or bigger families.  This is the time to explore and absorb.


The Shell Museum

Stop by the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to find out more about how the beaches of the island as well as coasts from around the world. Kids will love to look at these natural works of art, and compare how shells look from one part of the globe to the next. Shell collecting is another popular option, but the museum may be a better way to learn and interact with locals.



Fishing is a big part of Captiva, and the sea is brimming with sea trout, snapper, and grouper. Kids under 16 don't need a license, but anyone over that age will. This is a good place to get an idea of the local sea life and the behavior of the waters that surround the island.


Visit the Clinic

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife won't give your kids a booster shot, but it will show them how important it is to care for the wildlife in the area. Far from a sterile environment, kids can find touch screens, video cameras of the animals, and interactive exhibits.


When you're looking for things to do with your kids, just remember that they learn from you. Learn as much as you can, and then share your favorite facts with your kids. Approach the island with a sense of wonder — even if you think you know it extremely well. There's always something new to discover.