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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
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+1 772-581-5557

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Loved this peaceful place

We found the almost hidden "Jungle Trail" entrance using Waze. There is no admission fee to this very first land preserved by the federal government (1903 - Teddy Roosevelt... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the almost hidden "Jungle Trail" entrance using Waze. There is no admission fee to this very first land preserved by the federal government (1903 - Teddy Roosevelt). There are signs along the way, as well as QR codes (if you have a smart phone). We were there in late morning, and saw butterflies in the butterfly garden (red... More 

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Bourne, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If traveling in the area, you should sign up for the Wednesday morning tour of the Refuge. The guides are very informative and the amount of birds here is amazing.

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Derby, KS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been wanting to stop here for years and finally did. If you love nature and hiking, this is the place for you. So cool to visit the very first National Wildlife Refuge in the country. Still working on the rest. We walked the Centennial trail to the Pelican Island overlook. Very nice boardwalk, easily accessible for wheelchairs, goes... More 

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Dothan, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great walking trails and information signs. Didn't see much wildlife, but probably there at the wrong time of day. It was still a good easy walk and the boardwalk to the observation deck has a plank for each NWR in the country, by year in order of when they were made a refuge. That was interesting. There are no facilities... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

There are two 2.5 mile trails to walk or bike (Bird's Impoundment Trail and Joe Michael Memorial Trail), and it is so beautiful and peaceful. We didn't walk either of them the full way round as we were just there as a quick stop, but we did walk the Centennial Trail which gives you a view at height across to... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Ok, full disclosure, when it comes to pelicans, I am all about them! What better place to go than Pelican Island? To begin, it is the FIRST national wildlife preserve ever, commissioned 113 years ago. So very grateful for the foresight of President Theodore Roosevelt for starting to protect our natural resources. Feel like taking a nice hike, there's a... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

I only walked the Centennial Trail, which is about 3/4 mile round trip. There are other trails out here that are longer, but the Centennial Trail is good if you have an hour to visit. It's short, but there's enough to look at and do on this trail that for someone just visiting and wanting to learn a bit about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

We brought our bikes on the trip and heard about the historic jungle trail Definitely recommend it. It is mostly hard packed but enough loos sand to occasionally cause problems for thinner tires. We only did the first three miles bit we would really like to do the rest.

Thank jorgemb
Cedar Key, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

The Centennial Walk is fabulous - to see the years and names of the refuges that our country has protected from development and destruction of wildlife and nature. I hope we will see more refuges created and protected, but with the new presidential regime, I fear for preservation of our wild places.

Thank CedarKey C
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We visited Pelican Island mid week so it was pretty free of tourists. The walk around the Bird Impoundment was nice but with trees and bushes on either side of the trail, we couldn't see much except for the critters and birds we flushed along the way. It took us awhile to walk the trail, then we went on to... More 

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