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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 August 9, 2018
Katherine K
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 July 15, 2018
The Villages, Florida
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4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
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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
1  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

Date of experience: June 2018
4  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
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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 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank roberthI4606KA
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank lrbarile
Reviewed March 4, 2018

The pontoon boat tour from the ELC had great guides and your can get a much better view without tresspassing.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Peter R
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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.