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This is one of those places that you would want to visit and enjoy nature.
FIrst national refugee in this country. Great story.
The drive to get there was beautiful and so interesting.
Thousands of crabs coming out of the ground on the road.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 beach and you can launch into the Atlantic if you can cart the kayak for a a couple of hundred feet. Enjoy your stay!