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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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Not widely known, but is a sweet place for a hike.

Located next to the historic Jungle Trail, this is a very peaceful place for viewing native Florida birds and other wildlife. This is also the very first National Wildlife Refuge... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2015
Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Located next to the historic Jungle Trail, this is a very peaceful place for viewing native Florida birds and other wildlife. This is also the very first National Wildlife Refuge created in 1903. You can read the very interesting story of how it came to be a refuge on informational boards. You cannot actually set foot on Pelican Island, because... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

We took a pontoon boat tour beginning from Environmental Learning Center on Wabasso Causeway. The educational briefing we received was an excellent introduction to the birds of the Indian River Lagoon. Everyone was very knowledgeable and cheerful. We saw roseate spoonbills! Lots of other birds as well. There were dolphins and manatees frolicking in the lagoon. A real treat! Highly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

A short drive from Vero Beach to see this still unspoiled national park. Easy trails with excellent signage and descriptions along the well prepared routes paths and walkways. Beautiful to see the indigenous birds in their natural habitat, wonderful to have close up views of Eagles, Pelicans Egrets amongst others. Fabulous amount of butterflies and such variety. The volunteer helping... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

Don't drive by and say "Someday...." Go, even if it's only for an hour. The walks are perfect for those who only feel comfortable on solid footing, but the boardwalks don't interfere with your enjoyment of nature. Self-guided with a little booklet, it's easy to go for a short visit or a day. If you're staying in the area for... More 

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Groveland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

We just saw the sign on A1A and wanted to get out of the car for a minute. That minute turned into an hour. Nice clean natural area with tons of trails. Walked out to an overlook. The boardwalk to the overlook had the names, state, and year that national wildlife refuges were established. Pelican island was the first National... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

This is the first. A fine commemoration to protecting our wildlife and especially birds that were being slaughtered for $. As usual, free enterprise got out of hand, people take all they can until there is nothing left. The Centennial Trail to the tower shows each refuge when it was established…and more are being established each year, as they should... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

If you're into pelicans, this is your place. You can see many of these great birds in their natural habitat. And the place is well kept and clean with plenty of good vantage points and walk ways.

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

I visited the part of the refuge that is off of SR A1A. The sign sort of popped up suddenly or perhaps I was going a touch faster than I should have. The road was hard packed and easy to drive. There was a small restroom at the first parking area and some nice shade trees. A bit further on... More 

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Viera, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

We drive down to Pelican island frequently for nature walks. Take water and sunscreen and insect repellent. Not a lot of shade, and lots of mosquitoes in season. Major trails are mowed frequently, but when they have not been mowed, grass can grow quite high presenting a potential for tics to transfer to your clothes and shoes/boots. We have seen... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

This is a great place to go and simply kick back and relax and enjoy nature. We were out for the day and decided to ride through the area. The preserve is old Florida at it's best. The trails are clearly marked and in excellent condition. You can walk, ride your bike, and even your horse in the preserve. They... More 

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