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Saint Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 479 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Phone Number: (850) 653-8808
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Activities: Kayaking, Dining, Viewing wildlife
Description: This barrier island is located in Florida's Apalachicola Bay.

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No wildlife

We took the shuttle over with our bikes, for 20 dollars each. It was very cold and windy, and we saw absolutely no wildlife except a few common birds on the island. We did ride... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
toscasupay
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We took the shuttle over with our bikes, for 20 dollars each. It was very cold and windy, and we saw absolutely no wildlife except a few common birds on the island. We did ride our bikes a bit on the beach which was nice, but overall, we felt we paid quite a bit for very little. We did see... More 

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Ohio
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12 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

We went on the friends' tour of this interesting place when some last-minute cancellations made a couple of spots available. It was unseasonally cold, though, which meant not only that we were uncomfortable but the animals and birds were scarce. Even the alligators weren't moving much. But we had the beach and the rest of the island to ourselves and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Brought our bikes and headed down the only road down the middle of the island. We spent 3 hrs and saw no wildlife other that an occasional bird. We went for the experience so we were not disappointed. Know that the last road mile goes from dirt and crushed shells to loose sand so our hybrid bikes were unable to... More 

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Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We loved the St. Vincent Wildlife preserve in Florida. Miles and miles of beautiful huge shells and they are as big as your hand. If they still have the animal in them, do not take them home. I was unaware of the sand spurs...little prickly things that attach themselves to your feet and legs. So, wear jeans/long pants through the... More 

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Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Come see the way old Florida used to be. An island where time has stood still for centuries. Beaches where people are absent from the view. Feel the pressures of everyday life melt off your shoulders. Come to the island and enjoy the beauty! This is a island without electricity or water to drink. There is a bathroom on the... More 

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Alexandria, LA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This place is absolutely heaven on Earth. If you want seclusion, primitive and natural surroundings then this is the place to go. We were all alone with the exception of one other guy who was bird watching on the other side of the island. It's not easy to get to, but well worth the serenity. I would absolutely go back... More 

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Galena, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We went to st vincent island because my son wanted to see the samba deer and other wildlife. My twenty something's and their friends walked over six miles of trails and saw one white tail deer, a squirrel, and almost stepped on a snake. They hated the entire experience. My husband and I chose the beach side. We also saw... More 

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Tallahassee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stumbled upon the Saint Vincent National Wildlife Refuge office and museum in Apalachicola quite by accident. We decided to stop and check it out. They have done a very nice job with the displays and we especially liked the children's area with "touchables" (items children could touch and learn about). It was a nice surprise added to our stay... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Not easy to get to but worth the trip. We took a kayak to get there. Saw many birds and a pygmy rattlesnake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This island is amazing, however, we didn't take full advantage of it. Most of the cool wildlife as we found out after our trip, is located on the east end of the island, not the west. Try to find a ferry that goes to the east side, as your hike will be more interesting, and you won't have to pay... More 

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