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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 27 attractions in Vero Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
66 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The historic first National Wild Life Refuge created. Beautiful walks, plentiful birds and critters in natural, indigenous surroundings. A little piece of heaven!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We enjoyed the many hikes at Pelican Island and recommend it. We saw several birds and other wildlife. The Jungle Trail bike path begins at Pelican Island and goes all the way to Vero Beach which is also enjoyable.

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