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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone Number: (772) 581-5557
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A pleasant walk

It's nice that places like this are preserved and offered as sanctuary to wildlife and visitors alike. We read all he displays and had a pleasant walk along the paths, spending... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathy E
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Stowe, Vermont
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Stowe, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's nice that places like this are preserved and offered as sanctuary to wildlife and visitors alike. We read all he displays and had a pleasant walk along the paths, spending about an hour, which was enough. We saw a few birds, butterflies. It was a nice respite from the beach.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

What a beautiful place to spend a day have a picnic watch the wild life and flora and enjoy life! There was plenty of areas to take a rest in the shade, and amazing plants and birds, We saw Pelicans, Storks of different types, It was just beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Great place for birding, plan for walking trails be patience it will payoff with great sightings and pictures

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Thank Mike C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

A visit around 10 AM was not very exciting, but we saw several large birds from a distance. Binoculars are a must. The walkway to the viewing tower is very easy and not too long. Suggest a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Early morning or late afternoon would probably be more rewarding. Winter months should also be best.

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Cocoa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

We have been coming here for many years, like any wildlife refuge, sometimes you see critters other times not. This time we watched 8 white pelicans in a pond, that is the first time we have seen them here. Love the hiking trails they offer, most are over 2 miles, I believe there are 3 that length. The walkway up... More 

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Wallkill, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

Despite some reviews on only seeing a few birds, we saw several. Tri colored, spoonbills, snowy egret, reddish egret and more. Natural wildlife refuges are not zoos where you are guaranteed seeing many animals and birds close up. It all depends on the season, time of day, weather and many other factors. We saw enough birds to make the trip... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

We visited this place on a nice day, when we wanted to be outdoors. The best part was finding the boardwalk that showed the history of national wildlife refuges in the US. This, being the oldest in the country, was the last one you came to, the most recent ones were first. You could see when each refuge was established,... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

This is a great location to observe many different kinds of birds including wood storks, cormorants and a variety of ducks. There is also a very nice butterfly garden. Several different trails are available, Our favorite was the centennial path that included markers for all of the NWR sites in the US.

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

A great place for nature lovers. Several trails to choose from for hiking and bird watching. Trails go through a variety of habitats, each with its unique set of plants and animals. Numbers and variety of birds vary greatly from season to season. Checking with eBird or local guide before going will give you an idea of what has been... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I was home to take care of some family estate matters and decided to take a break. I grew up in this area in the 60s and 70s and spent time along Jungle Trail fishing and exploring. That was in the days before all the condos and golf courses! Paradise! I took a walk along the many trails and boardwalks... More 

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