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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
Phone Number: +1 772-581-5557

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Beautiful, peaceful location for walking or biking.

There are two 2.5 mile trails to walk or bike (Bird's Impoundment Trail and Joe Michael Memorial Trail), and it is so beautiful and peaceful. We didn't walk either of them the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are two 2.5 mile trails to walk or bike (Bird's Impoundment Trail and Joe Michael Memorial Trail), and it is so beautiful and peaceful. We didn't walk either of them the full way round as we were just there as a quick stop, but we did walk the Centennial Trail which gives you a view at height across to... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, full disclosure, when it comes to pelicans, I am all about them! What better place to go than Pelican Island? To begin, it is the FIRST national wildlife preserve ever, commissioned 113 years ago. So very grateful for the foresight of President Theodore Roosevelt for starting to protect our natural resources. Feel like taking a nice hike, there's a... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only walked the Centennial Trail, which is about 3/4 mile round trip. There are other trails out here that are longer, but the Centennial Trail is good if you have an hour to visit. It's short, but there's enough to look at and do on this trail that for someone just visiting and wanting to learn a bit about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We brought our bikes on the trip and heard about the historic jungle trail Definitely recommend it. It is mostly hard packed but enough loos sand to occasionally cause problems for thinner tires. We only did the first three miles bit we would really like to do the rest.

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Cedar Key, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Centennial Walk is fabulous - to see the years and names of the refuges that our country has protected from development and destruction of wildlife and nature. I hope we will see more refuges created and protected, but with the new presidential regime, I fear for preservation of our wild places.

Thank CedarKey C
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited Pelican Island mid week so it was pretty free of tourists. The walk around the Bird Impoundment was nice but with trees and bushes on either side of the trail, we couldn't see much except for the critters and birds we flushed along the way. It took us awhile to walk the trail, then we went on to... More 

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McMinnville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful area. Peaceful and clean. Loved spending time here. I could spend days here! Love seeing nature.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We just lucked in to finding this area and so glad that we did. Easy parking and easy walk on the boardwalk over the marsh. Take your time at each turn to enjoy the views and birds. It is quite lovely and certainly good picture taking opportunities.

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Fellsmere, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Well organized Refuge- stop by the center first and get the lay of the land. Staff very helpful. Its a quiet area with unique vistas and tower with a ton of history and how it became the first wildlife refuge in the country. Unique history and depending on time of day and season will see different wildlife, but need to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This refuge is between Vero Beach and Sebastian. There is a walkway that leads to an observation deck overlooking the Indian River and the island where white pelican nest. The boards on the walkway list the wildlife refuges in the United States as well as the date they where established. There are also trails that lead through the various habitats.... More 

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