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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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History of America’s National Wildlife Refuges

When you take Centanial Trail, the history of the wildlife refuges is emblazoned on the boardwalk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
Americans first wildlife refuge & a great place to explore.

Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge is Americans first ever wildlife refuge. It was created in 1903... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
The Villages, Florida
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4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you take Centanial Trail, the history of the wildlife refuges is emblazoned on the boardwalk (check out North Dakota). An easy walk with plenty to see. We didn’t go on the other trails because of the August heat, but we would definitely return in...More

Thank 103Katherine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge is Americans first ever wildlife refuge. It was created in 1903. Excellent trail systems to allow viewing of a myriad of birds. The "Jungle Trail" roadway is a nice drive through the refuge to those that don't or can't make any...More

Thank Baja001
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

Such a great thing that this land has been protected and restored. Walk out the short 3/4 mike Centennial Trail to watch the Pelicans swooping down and dropping into the water after they prey. Sensational. Pleasantly surprised to find the public bathrooms, while small, had...More

Thank ExploreAZcouple
Reviewed July 5, 2018

We took a pontoon tour from the Environmental Learning Center and it was spectacular! Don't discount the Learning Center itself....they've got great videos, information, "petting tank", trails, etc. Make sure you look around the ECL too (you don't want to miss the center's tortoises and...More

1  Thank Hollie R
Reviewed July 3, 2018

Lovely walk with interesting facts to learn along the way. The distance to the observation tower is not too far and the view of the island, river and lagoon is worth the walk.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed May 21, 2018

Being Vero Beach residents, we often take out-of-town visitors to Pelican Island for a short, comfortable trail walk through the Refuge and past the pond to the overlook. There are usually shore birds, ducks and butterflies to see along the way, but rarely anything more...More

2  Thank Patti S
Reviewed May 6, 2018

In 1903 Thedore Roosevelt established Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon as the first federal bird reservation giving birth to the National Wildlife Refuge System. We enjoyed the trails and took our time stoping to sit on the benches watching the birds and all...More

2  Thank thomaspaxton43
Reviewed April 13, 2018

Free activity with plenty of parking. Took short trail to overlook of Pelican Island. Saw birds and butterflies. Would not go out of my way to visit this refuge, but it was very nice to stop by there with my mom, who especially enjoyed seeing...More

3  Thank 24Lover
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

Very rustic. Nice walk to a look out past a pond. Pretty level. Can use a stroller or other wheels. Saw birds mostly. Walkway has listings of each national wildlife preserves by year established because this was the first.

2  Thank Robert H
Reviewed March 24, 2018

A truly wonderful walk. I myself, unfortunately, went right after a spring rain and the mosquitoes were storming so I had to run back to the car and leave.

1  Thank lrbarile
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Caroline W
June 11, 2018|
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Response from Allan S | 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.
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