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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

#10 of 77 things to do in Vero Beach Features Animals
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
+1 772-581-5557
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Amazing vistas

This is the one where Teddy Roosevelt said"Is there anything to prevent me from making this a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John E
Vero Beach, Florida
Lots of History, But Few Pelicans!

We turned in here while staying at Disney's Vero Beach Resort. We were intrigued with the history... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Parrish, Florida
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4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the one where Teddy Roosevelt said"Is there anything to prevent me from making this a national refuge? When the answer came back no, Pelican Island became the first of many. How many? Walk the boardwalk and count them!

Thank John E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We turned in here while staying at Disney's Vero Beach Resort. We were intrigued with the history behind this refuge and reading the brochure/website before our visit. We can say that we didn't have to fight the crowds without a doubt. The entire place was...More

Thank JeffnEdie
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Maybe there is a specific time of the year for pelicans? We were driving past and turned in on a whim, so we came unprepared. On a Saturday morning mid-June this place was completely deserted by both humans and pelicans. Judging by many pictures of...More

Thank kitdoor
Reviewed 15 June 2017

I was impressed with all the trails now available (it has been 10 years since my last visit), including a wonderful boardwalk that slopes up to a covered observation platform. The fun part is you notice that each board underfoot has the name and date...More

Thank Tori B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Take the easy walk to the observation tower. I enjoyed the list of all the National Wildlife Refuges and their dates of formation.

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Was taken to this place by locals or I would not have found it. BUT WOW-If you love nature, you'll love this. ~4600 acres set aside for many environmental purposes and critters. Trails and bridges aplenty. These have all been wasted by hurricanes through the...More

Thank Jimbo J
Reviewed 16 May 2017

My wife and I walked the refuge on Mother's Day 2017. The weather was clear and hot. We enjoyed the birds and the wildflowers and had a very pleasant experience.

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We thought we were going to a refuge center but it is a Reserve. Several walking trails. No historic buildings we saw. Some nice info boards. We did a walk out to an overlook. It was a mile out and either 1 or 2 miles...More

1  Thank Charlestontourist58
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Didn't see anything that was advertised. Hard to get to and not what I would expect from the description.

1  Thank orangegrandma732
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

The roads are terrible, wash boarded so bad I turned my Jeep around and left, needs some serious attention!

1  Thank High_Miles
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7 February 2017|
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Response from jorgemb | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. The trail allows cars and there is a kayak launching spot with parking for several vehicles. It's towards the middle-south side of the trail. This is on the waterway side. Across the street there is a public... More
2 April 2016|
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Response from Robin M | Reviewed this property |
Looks like question is answered!