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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: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking, Dining
Description: This barrier island is located in Florida's Apalachicola Bay.

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Spectacular, wild magic place

It takes a bit of extra effort to visit St. Vincent's refuge; one just cannot drive up to it. Some kayak, and the distance between the tip of Indian Pass and the island is short... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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wisconsn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

It takes a bit of extra effort to visit St. Vincent's refuge; one just cannot drive up to it. Some kayak, and the distance between the tip of Indian Pass and the island is short, but the crossing has a strong or stronger current (depending on the tide). If possible, try to visit with one of the monthly tours (information... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 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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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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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Address: Address: 479 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Phone Number: (850) 653-8808
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Apalachicola

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