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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 #11 of 59 things to do 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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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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147 reviews 147 reviews
30 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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213 reviews 213 reviews
87 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 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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