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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 581-5557
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Ranked #9 of 28 Attractions in Vero Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Sebastian, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a great way to get a close up of the many pelicans that hang in the trees on this neat little island on the Indian River. Many other types of birds and wild life to see. Very pretty area to stroll along on the walking trails.

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New York City, New York
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361 reviews 361 reviews
109 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is an idyllic place. It will put you in another world and allow you to relax and see the wildlife that abounds without the pressure of your ordinary world. There is a lot of area to see native birds , small animals and plants in the natural environment. This is a well thought out preserve , that we have... More

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

was a little high in price for what little they had, but the money goes to the conservation, so didnt complain much, had a nice little gift shop, and nice walking trails, touch tank was pretty cool, and other little exhibits they had were interesting, more for littler kids, my kids were 8-9 years old, more for 2-6 year old... More

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Newton, MA
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7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

On March 14, 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island as the first national wildlife refuge. Egrets & other beautiful birds were being hunted to extinction as a result of the fashion craze at the time. I saw lots of different birds like egrets, ibises, herons and a few pelicans. I actually saw more pelicans on what looked like a... More

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

They have a viewing station at the end of the walk where you can view with a telescope Pelican Island. There are two trails, one shorter than the other and lots of nature here. Take your time, wear comfy shoes and enjoy.

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Riverview, MI
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135 reviews 135 reviews
69 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We had high hopes of seeing many pelicans ... we saw 3 swimming and eating in a pond by the butterfly garden. We wasted our time walking the 1 hour, 2.5 mile Bird's Impoundment trail. All we saw on the 2.5 mile trail were mangrove trees and white butterflys. The centennial trail that leads to the observation tower is very... More

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South East
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7 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

But you can not get close to the Pelican Island or really get very good pictures with a 300mm telephoto lens. Nice natural Florida environment and well kept

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Twin Cities, MN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The best time of day to visit this refuge is at sunset (partly cloudy provides the best sunsets) . The birds are returning to Pelican Island and you get can get some amazing sunset photos with birds gliding through the photo. We enjoyed the boardwalk with the names and dates for all the wildlife refuges in the US. It's a... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Plenty of relaxing options to walk, with all displaying an abundance of nature. Flora and fauna abound in a clean environment.

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Nova Scotia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Wonderful walking trails out to find out about the refuge - and a super spot to view the birds and their habitat. Well done and very informative - worth the stop!

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