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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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Early morning would be best

WE drove up to have lunch and as an afterthought drove through the path on Pelican Island. It was late in the afternoon, so the birds were rather calm and off somewhere else... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Robin M
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

WE drove up to have lunch and as an afterthought drove through the path on Pelican Island. It was late in the afternoon, so the birds were rather calm and off somewhere else. However we did spot an osprey feeding on fish and a few ground birds playing around. There are lookouts to the water at various spots. The road... More 

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Thank Robin M
Palm Shores, Florida
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first of the National Wildlife Refuges and it was designated as such in 1903. The National Wildlife System is often called America's best kept secret. The system is designed to protect fish and wildlife in their natural habitat. My wife and I were enjoying the pleasant "cool" weather when we decided to take a drive. This park... More 

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Thank Thomas K
Mayaguez
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200 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

SUMMATION: This was the first National Wildlife Reserve established in the USA (1903). It is clean, well kept, and has ample parking. Walking the trails is about all it has to offer. Butterfly Garden only had 2 species in January [A] and we saw no White Pelicans [B]. The floorboards, listing all NWRs in the USA, on the short Centennial... More 

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Thank Ernest W
Cocoa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used the address posted and our gps and it took us a long time to find this park. We drove down Jungle Trail the wrong way, turned around and went the other way. Jungle trail goes through woods and along the water and houses- it was flooded in areas and people were walking their dogs, jogging, riding bikes... We... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here late one afternoon and walked on the Centennial trail. It's a beautiful park and the lush landscape reminds me of Jamaica. It's very peaceful and this particular trail is very solid and leads to a lookout to Pelican Island. Absolutely worth a stop and best of all this is all free!

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Thank never2many
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As with so many of the attractions in and around Sebastian and Vero Beach, this one is of modest scale. However, it is still worth a visit if you want a chance to see lots of birds and and occasional manatees and dolphins in the lagoon. There are non-strenuous walking trails and boardwalks and ample parking. There are wildlife tours... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked the Centennial Trail, which is an easy walk to a viewing platform that is directly across from Pelican Island. We had several groups of pelicans and other birds fly directly in front of us -- it was a feathered aerial show. There are also a couple viewers that allow you to take a closer look at fowl on... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There is a large boardwalk and nature trail here that attracts a lot of bird lovers. There is no charge to visit. At the end of the boardwalk there is a nice lookout area with telescope/binoculars. It is a great place to see the sunset. I will go back again.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Located next to the historic Jungle Trail, this is a very peaceful place for viewing native Florida birds and other wildlife. This is also the very first National Wildlife Refuge created in 1903. You can read the very interesting story of how it came to be a refuge on informational boards. You cannot actually set foot on Pelican Island, because... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We took a pontoon boat tour beginning from Environmental Learning Center on Wabasso Causeway. The educational briefing we received was an excellent introduction to the birds of the Indian River Lagoon. Everyone was very knowledgeable and cheerful. We saw roseate spoonbills! Lots of other birds as well. There were dolphins and manatees frolicking in the lagoon. A real treat! Highly... More 

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