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Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

#10 of 76 things to do in Vero Beach Features Animals
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
+1 772-581-5557
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Empty pretty walking trails

Maybe there is a specific time of the year for pelicans? We were driving past and turned in on a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Orlando, Florida
via mobile
The oldest NWR in the U.S. - well worth the visit!

I was impressed with all the trails now available (it has been 10 years since my last visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tori B
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4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
+1 772-581-5557
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 6 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
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This relatively small National Wildlife Refuge, the first in the nation, is well worth the short drive north on Orchid Island from downtown Vero Beach. Both driving through and hiking through the refuge are enjoyable and worthwhile activities. There is no entrance fee, but if...More

Thank LouBobHarborSprings
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Basically a walk with no view. Once in awhile we'd get a glimpse of the water and a bird or two but really just a 2 1/2 mile walk.

1  Thank maggiemily
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
can you kayak?
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
How far is Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge from Sanford, Florida?
2 April 2016|
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Response from Robin M | Reviewed this property |
Looks like question is answered!