U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt named Pelican Island the country's first-ever wildlife preserve because the birds on this island had been plundered to supply the fashion industry with feathers. Feathered hats were at the time all the rage.
The park is simple and austere. A magnificent pier leads to a deck on which viewers can use a telescope to view the island in the Indian River.
You leave feeling as if you have enjoyed a poignant moment in your life.