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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

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4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
+1 772-581-5557
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Amazing vistas

This is the one where Teddy Roosevelt said"Is there anything to prevent me from making this a... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
John E
Vero Beach, Florida
Lots of History, But Few Pelicans!

We turned in here while staying at Disney's Vero Beach Resort. We were intrigued with the history... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Parrish, Florida
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“jungle trail” (20 reviews)
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
+1 772-581-5557
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is the one where Teddy Roosevelt said"Is there anything to prevent me from making this a national refuge? When the answer came back no, Pelican Island became the first of many. How many? Walk the boardwalk and count them!

Thank John E
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We turned in here while staying at Disney's Vero Beach Resort. We were intrigued with the history behind this refuge and reading the brochure/website before our visit. We can say that we didn't have to fight the crowds without a doubt. The entire place was...More

Thank JeffnEdie
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Maybe there is a specific time of the year for pelicans? We were driving past and turned in on a whim, so we came unprepared. On a Saturday morning mid-June this place was completely deserted by both humans and pelicans. Judging by many pictures of...More

Thank kitdoor
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I was impressed with all the trails now available (it has been 10 years since my last visit), including a wonderful boardwalk that slopes up to a covered observation platform. The fun part is you notice that each board underfoot has the name and date...More

Thank Tori B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Take the easy walk to the observation tower. I enjoyed the list of all the National Wildlife Refuges and their dates of formation.

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Was taken to this place by locals or I would not have found it. BUT WOW-If you love nature, you'll love this. ~4600 acres set aside for many environmental purposes and critters. Trails and bridges aplenty. These have all been wasted by hurricanes through the...More

Thank Jimbo J
Reviewed 17 May 2017

My wife and I walked the refuge on Mother's Day 2017. The weather was clear and hot. We enjoyed the birds and the wildflowers and had a very pleasant experience.

Thank Bruce S
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We thought we were going to a refuge center but it is a Reserve. Several walking trails. No historic buildings we saw. Some nice info boards. We did a walk out to an overlook. It was a mile out and either 1 or 2 miles...More

1  Thank Charlestontourist58
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Didn't see anything that was advertised. Hard to get to and not what I would expect from the description.

1  Thank orangegrandma732
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

The roads are terrible, wash boarded so bad I turned my Jeep around and left, needs some serious attention!

1  Thank High_Miles
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8 February 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
3 April 2016|
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Response from Robin M | Reviewed this property |
Looks like question is answered!