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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone Number: (772) 581-5557
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Activities: Birdwatching

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there is a nice walk to the observation area and a couple of high powered binoculars for viewing. The observation area is covered so we were protected from the rain. There weren't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Vero Beach, Florida
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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

there is a nice walk to the observation area and a couple of high powered binoculars for viewing. The observation area is covered so we were protected from the rain. There weren't many pelicans to view when it was cold and raining, but many when we went last year during a very hot day.

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Sebastian, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A friend and I took a FREE tour at this, the US's first National Wildlife Refuge on a neat tram-like vehicle. It was another perfect Florida winter day. The tour was fascinating, the wildlife plentiful and the guides, all volunteers, were very friendly and very knowledgeable.

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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We especially enjoyed the Centennial trail and noting all the wildlife refuges in our beautiful country. Also spotted some new birds for our life list. Volunteers there were friendly and helpful.

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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Bring your hiking shoes! Although the walk to the tower that looks on to Pelican Island is only 1/2 mile, the real walk is the 3 mile one around the marsh - John's Trail - where you can see all sorts of native wildlife. We were there in February, and so most of the activity was down, but we did... More 

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Nicholson, Pa.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Hi likes the walk around the pelican refuge....is was not in season so nothing was in bloom but saw various species. We are nature lovers and it satisfies the thrust for nature.

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Liverpool, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My GPS took me to the administrative office which is to the south of the actual Visitor's area off A1A. A helpful ranger there suggested I do the 3/4 mile Centennial Trail which was wonderful. The trail passes a pond, then to a boardwalk, gently climbing up into the canopy of the salt marsh to an observation tower. Bring binoculars... More 

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KC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We visited the Wildlife Refuge on the afternoon of January 30. Beautiful day to go out for a walk. We opted for the Bird's Impoundment Trail loop, listed as 2.5 miles. Our GPS showed just under 3 miles from the parking lot and back. The trail is flat and wide, but there is vegetation growing on most of both sides,... More 

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We didnt expect much from this place but it was actually really cool especially because it was establishd in 1903!!!!!

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Syracuse, NY
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This refuge is a quiet sanctuary away from the bustle of the nearby road. We were able to see many types of birds as well as a few butterflies, even in January! We enjoyed the main path which is very accessible and an easy walk for anyone. We did not have time for the longer trails but would definitely go... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited this National Wildlife Refuge on New Year's Day and it was a great place tom hang out for a couple of hours. We never realized this was the first National Wildlife Refuge created, but it still is one of the better places to visit. We walked the wooden boardwalk listing all the National Wildlife Refuges across the country... More 

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