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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963
(772) 581-5557
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Vero Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

beautiful area, wish you could walk further - boardwalk was nice if we had more time could do the boat ride

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Free enrance to this first ever Reserve in the USA. Easy walks to choose from and views at end of Centennial Walk excellent. This walk is a boardwalk to the raised viewing area and easy for wheelchair access. we did two of the treks and worthwhile.

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Woodstock, Vermont
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283 reviews 283 reviews
25 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A great place to visit or take visitors to. Stopped in with visitors last week. Part of the fun is driving in from the south on jungle Trail, a several mile dirt road that is as close to old Florida as you can get in these parts. If you come in off A1A from the north, there is a restroom... More

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Oviedo, FL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A place to see a valuable Florida ecosystem protected from sprawling waterfront development. Easy, accessible walk from parking area to island/estuary viewing. Very little shade or facilities.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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381 reviews 381 reviews
136 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Setting in the Indian River, It's a great place to take the granddaughters. They have a 'touch tank' for them They have walking trails, nature, wildlife: squirrels, raccoon, Lots of birdwatching, Egrets, Ibises, Herons; most of the Pelican were hanging in trees. There is a small charge.

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Sebastian, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a great way to get a close up of the many pelicans that hang in the trees on this neat little island on the Indian River. Many other types of birds and wild life to see. Very pretty area to stroll along on the walking trails.

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New York City, New York
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468 reviews 468 reviews
160 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is an idyllic place. It will put you in another world and allow you to relax and see the wildlife that abounds without the pressure of your ordinary world. There is a lot of area to see native birds , small animals and plants in the natural environment. This is a well thought out preserve , that we have... More

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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