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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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Easy, Accessible Nature Experience

Being Vero Beach residents, we often take out-of-town visitors to Pelican Island for a short... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Patti S
Awesome! Thank you Teddy for preserving this great place

In 1903 Thedore Roosevelt established Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon as the first... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
thomaspaxton43
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Florida City, Florida
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“jungle trail” (22 reviews)
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4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
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"jungle trail"
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"centennial trail"
in 17 reviews
"butterfly garden"
in 11 reviews
"teddy roosevelt"
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"dirt road"
in 6 reviews
"walking trails"
in 11 reviews
"wooden boardwalk"
in 3 reviews
"observation deck"
in 9 reviews
"land crabs"
in 6 reviews
"unique history"
in 2 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 4 reviews
"nice walk"
in 8 reviews
"set aside"
in 3 reviews
"viewing area"
in 4 reviews
"love nature"
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"take your time"
in 4 reviews
"peaceful place"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Patti S
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

In 1903 Thedore Roosevelt established Pelican Island in the Indian River Lagoon as the first federal bird reservation giving birth to the National Wildlife Refuge System. We enjoyed the trails and took our time stoping to sit on the benches watching the birds and all...More

2  Thank thomaspaxton43
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Reviewed 13 April 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

3  Thank 24Lover
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Reviewed 29 March 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.

2  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 24 March 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.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

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

2  Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

I guess there are different times when the pelicans are there but we only saw one! Still, it's a great drive on the Jungle Trail to get there and it is a gorgeous walk to get to the vista. So cool that this was the...More

1  Thank SweetTizzyT
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

We saw the island itself on an ELC boat trip, which gets as close as you can get to the large groups of pelicans there. On the barrier island, there are plenty of scenic trails for walking. There was a charge for the boat trip,...More

2  Thank rob77ohio
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We were camping at Sebastian Inlet State Park and decided to ride our bikes to the Preserve. We understand that not everyone enjoys quiet nature sites, but we are hikers, backpackers and nature lovers, and will typically choose this kind of activity over a crowded...More

1  Thank MichiganWildflower
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

This area was apparently one of the first areas declared a national wildlife refuge by teddy Roosevelt in 1903. It is a beautiful area that a person can lose themselves seeing the natural beauty. A good spot. To just relax and get away from others...More

1  Thank Allan S
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Caroline W
11 June 2018|
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Response from Allan S | Reviewed this property |
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.
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Hularocker
7 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
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