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Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 1339 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960-3559
Phone Number: 772-562-3909
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We stopped by the Barrier Island Sanctuary Education Center, which is the Visitor Center for the Archie Carr Refuge, and loved it. The Center itself had so many exhibits about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Susan M
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Casselberry, Florida
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Casselberry, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We stopped by the Barrier Island Sanctuary Education Center, which is the Visitor Center for the Archie Carr Refuge, and loved it. The Center itself had so many exhibits about the local nature life and the ones with live animals were fantastic. We had never seen the animal inside a whelk shell, or the sea slugs, or so many baby... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Sometimes I feel I should not tell people about a truly wonderful place I have found because I fear when I want to go back it will be crowded. However, I here it is. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is both educational and entertaining. My wife and I went with another couple for an early morning turtle walk. The... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Both adults and children will enjoy a very informative and impressive conservation effort made by Archie Carr that will be around for generations I hope. I have lived in Florida for many years close to the ocean plus known many marine biologists & still learned things about turtles, hatchlings and protection efforts in the US and around the world. Things... More 

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1 Thank Karen B
Ocala, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We had a reservation for a turtle walk at the Melbourne Beach location of the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge . When we arrived, we visited the viewing platform/boardwalk and was able to see various turtles bobbing their heads in the ocean. The walk is commenced with a discussion in the auditorium about turtles (Loggerheads, Green & Leatherback) & their habitats.... More 

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Estero, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A can't miss adventure to watch Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the beach at night. Absolutely worth the time and money. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

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1 Thank John C
Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a must if you in and around Vero Beach....a nice nature walk with a observation tower. Take plenty of water.

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Love sea turtles? This is a place for you. Proud to know that good citizens started long ago to save the nesting beaches in the Vero Beach, FL, area about 30 years ago. Awesome to walk the beaches in a.m. from May to Oct. to see the "crawls" of the mom turtles as they come on shore to lay their... More 

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1 Thank igotwanderlust2015
Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Great place to visit. Good hiking with pleasant observation deck overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. Good biking along adjacent Jungle Trail as well. Easy kayak launch site and easy, protected kayaking around mangroves and inlets. Great for birders and manatee watchers.

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4 Thank AirstreamKen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We were on overload when we left the visitor center at the refuge. I mean this in a good way. There is so much to see and so much to learn. I believe all ages will enjoy. First go see the 3 movies. I know it may seem tedious to think about watching 3 movies but you Must! They are... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is an extremely important refuge for endangered sea turtle nesting. They have at least four types of sea turtles that use the area as their nesting locations and during the summer season there are a number of "turtle walk" opportunities offered.

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