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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Great place to visit!

They have walking trails and great way to spend an afternoon on a warm fall day. Lots to do and... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
Susan L
Barefoot Bay, Florida
Beautiful wildlife

Great walking trails with abundant birds and wildlife. Wonderful lookouts to just sit and watch... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
Everett, Washington
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Reviewed November 8, 2018

They have walking trails and great way to spend an afternoon on a warm fall day. Lots to do and learn. Enjoyed the walking trails and seeing wildlife.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Susan L
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Great walking trails with abundant birds and wildlife. Wonderful lookouts to just sit and watch. Relaxing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SueC803
Reviewed September 2, 2018

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. Once...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank joselito1959
Reviewed August 9, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Katherine K
Reviewed July 15, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
2  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.

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank thomaspaxton43
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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.
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