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Saint Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

479 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320
(850) 653-8808
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Islands
Activities: Kayaking, Dining, Viewing wildlife
Description: This barrier island is located in Florida's Apalachicola Bay.
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Alabama
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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52 reviews 52 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 via mobile

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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Columbus, Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Learning the history of this island is really a snake oil tale. From the native wildlife (gators, eagles, deer, wild hogs) to the much more exotic Sambar deer, you will see the natural state. A real treat. For any outdoor lover. Carry everything you need and carry it out again. There are no retail stores here!

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Apalachicola
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The interpretive center at Scipio Creek has limited hours so call ahead. It isn't easy to get to the island but a visit is well worth the trouble. Take everything you need. There are NO amenities.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

I went on a guided tour that is given monthly. I was taken to the island park via boat shuttle ($10 for roundtrip). The island supposedly has multitudes of wildlife--alligators, 2 kinds of deer, feral hogs, birds, snakes, amphibians. I thought we would see lots of wildlife, since we would be traversing the 9 mile length of the island. Other... More

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allentown pa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

Crystal clear water. Beautiful beach. Hiking trails, biking, Something for everyone.

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