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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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Good hiking trails near to Vero Beach

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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Philadelphia
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Dartmouth, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I was a little disappointed in the actual amount of wildlife I saw, i did enjoy the walk. I think it is pretty well wheelchair accessable, and very easy to access. I was very interested in all the names of the various other wildlife preserves engraved in the walkways. I did not know that Pelican Island was the first reserve... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Way back when, there was only one sand road up Orchid Island which is the name for the barrier island off Vero Beach. It was called The Jungle Trail and it exists today as a historical monument, I think. It runs along Indian River which is a part of the inland waterway separating Orchid Island from the mainland. Route A1A,... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were looking for somewhere to take in some of the local wildlife and to get some exercise while in Vero Beach. When we reviewed attractions in Vero, the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge was one that came up and we decided to go and see. We visited the park on a Monday afternoon in late March 2015. Upon our... More 

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Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone Number: (772) 581-5557
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Vero Beach

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