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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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Local wild life and a great nature walk......bring water.

We really enjoyed the 2.5 mile walk around the island. We saw egrets, cranes, land crabs (which I call crabby patties). Plants were very attractive. The highlight was a brown and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Chesapeake Va., United States
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Chesapeake Va., United States
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the 2.5 mile walk around the island. We saw egrets, cranes, land crabs (which I call crabby patties). Plants were very attractive. The highlight was a brown and black water snake that literally crossed our path around the 2 mile mark. Couple of notes..... BRING WATER ( we didn't do that! ...... And try to NOT hike... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It's cool to walk the boardwalk here and be in a place of momentous history! Lot's of great walks to be had. Beware of ticks (YES! they ARE THERE), spiders and of course mosquitos!

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very historic: This is the first National Wildlife Refuge established by the U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt did it in 1903. There are well maintained trails and very nice observation decks. But do not expect to see pelicans, at least we did not. We did see Osprey, egret, and a woodpecker. The island itself is small and can only be reached... More 

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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This pelican refuge is located off the A1A, just north of Vero Beach. This well maintained refuge center has trail maps, rest rooms, parking and marked hiking trails. The walking or biking loops are about 2.5 miles. A nice change of scenery if you enjoy easy (probably hot) hiking.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a very cool location. Great for people of all ages and physical abilities. The observation tower has a very long ramp so it is accessible for strollers or wheel chairs. There are nice telescopes to use to see the island and the birds. There is also a nice pond that normally has birds too. For more adventurous people... More 

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Buffalo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A nice park to visit if you like walking trails to get close to nature and the wildlife. Trails are well maintained and fairly flat. Different paths let you access many of the features that are truly Florida. You will see all types of vegetation and trees, many are ID for you. Loads of places to view birds, if that's... More 

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Wooster, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You won't see much but marshland in the summer months. Not really any spectacular views, and we saw more birds at the beach by our hotel.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

It's a nice walk, but wildlife isn't always present. There is a small butterfly garden with narrow pathways. Nearby, there is a bench to rest and watch them.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Working our way north on A1A from Vero Beach, all of a sudden we saw the sign for Pelican Island, National Wildlife Refuge. We made a sharp left and drove some distance to the informational signage. We passed a butterfly garden and made our way to the viewing stand that looks out at Pelican Island. A lot of the path... More 

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Viera, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visit this refuge several times during the year. The walking trails are well maintained and relatively easy even for us old folk. Bring mosquito repellent.

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