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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone Number: (772) 581-5557
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Vero Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching

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Melbourne, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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145 reviews 145 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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225 reviews 225 reviews
93 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

On my trans-American charity cycle ride from Miami, FL to San Francisco, CA through the southern states, it is always nice to find somewhere to unwind at the end of a long day in the saddle! Spent a very pleasant couple of hours here Highly recommended Enjoy

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Boston, Ma
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101 reviews 101 reviews
16 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Drive the Jungle Trail from Wabasso Rd to the A1A -- it's about five miles. Stop at the park and walk the wooden boardwalk or hike the trails. Lots of wildlife. We saw many varieties of birds and a river otter.

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Melbourne
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge also has the Jungle Trail running through it which is a great biking walking path. Some of the path goes along the Indian River (aka Intercoastal waterway) and some runs along the backs of an exclusive gated community and golf course. Many birds, land turtles and land crabs were seen. The trail runs about 5... More 

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

beautiful area, wish you could walk further - boardwalk was nice if we had more time could do the boat ride

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Free enrance to this first ever Reserve in the USA. Easy walks to choose from and views at end of Centennial Walk excellent. This walk is a boardwalk to the raised viewing area and easy for wheelchair access. we did two of the treks and worthwhile.

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Woodstock, Vermont
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303 reviews 303 reviews
29 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A great place to visit or take visitors to. Stopped in with visitors last week. Part of the fun is driving in from the south on jungle Trail, a several mile dirt road that is as close to old Florida as you can get in these parts. If you come in off A1A from the north, there is a restroom... More 

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Oviedo, FL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A place to see a valuable Florida ecosystem protected from sprawling waterfront development. Easy, accessible walk from parking area to island/estuary viewing. Very little shade or facilities.

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