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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Quiet place to enjoy wildlife and native plants

We used the refuge as our starting point on the bke trail that runs from the refuge down into Vero... read more

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Julia H
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Wilmington,NC, United States
Another of Teddy's Marvels

It is amazing how much foresight Teddy Roosevelt had when he saved so much of America for all to... read more

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Skeney57
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed today

We used the refuge as our starting point on the bke trail that runs from the refuge down into Vero Beach. It is lovely and quiet, but aside from hiking, biking and enjoying the view, there is no activity for families. I recommend this stop...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

It is amazing how much foresight Teddy Roosevelt had when he saved so much of America for all to enjoy into the future.My fave Prez !! This Refuge is fairly tame but has some nice easy walks and lots of bird life, just not many...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Skeney57
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived on an overcast day which may have dulled much of Pelican Island's prospective magic. We walked the 3-mile loop which included Joe's overlook, a leisurely 1 1/2 hour walk and had the trail to ourselves, other than some ibis, a few herons, and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Dana G
Reviewed 5 days ago

A bit hard to find but totally worth the time is takes to find the refuge. I would consider it to be a place a refuge from the busyness of life. Everywhere you look there is something interesting to look at. Lots of birds!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Julie T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place if you are looking for a fairly long leisure walk. It is a quiet walk into nature, sometimes with river on both sides. We went in the afternoon and did not see any pelicans. Probably would be best to go in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Linmin47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we first arrived in Sebastian we were exploring and took the Historic Jungle Drive and passed through the refuge. We came back to explore it more since it looked like right up our alley. (Note: Access this park via the Jungle Drive off A1A,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Mike T
Reviewed February 13, 2019

Pelican wildlife Refuge was a quiet walk in nature. The day we went it was cold but we were still able to bird watch and see wild life on the water. A good flat hike for anyone who wants to get and get some exercise....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sueguido22
Reviewed February 12, 2019

They have nice walking trails but its sometimes difficult to see the birds from the trails. We were lucky to see an otter in the little river - that was a great experience! Also had a nice viewing of a blue heron (we think?) that...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mel_W_1030
Reviewed January 30, 2019

We did the 2nd trial- the Jon Michael Memorial 3 mile loop. We went the end of January, and it was breezy and cool, so most animals were hiding, I think. We saw a few pelicans fly out of the mangrove bushes before we got...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Linda B
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

This is a nice refuge. It is the first National Wildlife Refuge. There are hiking trails and a dirt jungle road. There is also a nice observation deck where the planks are engraved with every National Wildlife Refuge name and date established in the US....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Caroline W
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Allansha | Reviewed this property |
I have never seen that. But I assume that no dogs on a leash would mean no dogs at all. Call the office there to ask them is your best choice of course.
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Hularocker
February 7, 2017|
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Response from jorgemb | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can. The trail allows cars and there is a kayak launching spot with parking for several vehicles. It's towards the middle-south side of the trail. This is on the waterway side. Across the street there is a public... More
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