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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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Too short of a trip - must come back!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Jan W
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very pleasant walk to the observation deck. Nice views, easily accessible by car or bike. Historically a significant place and the walk to the observation deck is graced by the other National Wildlife Regues throughout the country. Jungle Trail adjacent for folks like myself who pedal often. Also launched our kayaks within the Refuge.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

there is a nice walk to the observation area and a couple of high powered binoculars for viewing. The observation area is covered so we were protected from the rain. There weren't many pelicans to view when it was cold and raining, but many when we went last year during a very hot day.

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A friend and I took a FREE tour at this, the US's first National Wildlife Refuge on a neat tram-like vehicle. It was another perfect Florida winter day. The tour was fascinating, the wildlife plentiful and the guides, all volunteers, were very friendly and very knowledgeable.

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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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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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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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