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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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Peaceful Bike and Hike

We were camping at Sebastian Inlet State Park and decided to ride our bikes to the Preserve. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Fabulous place to visit with many beautiful birds, trees and vistas

This area was apparently one of the first areas declared a national wildlife refuge by teddy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Allan S
New York City, New York
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“jungle trail” (21 reviews)
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446
+1 772-581-5557
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank MichiganWildflower
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining off and on, so we hiked on a short trail around a lake, to an observation point. There were lots of shelters along the way so no fear of getting wet! The scenic drive was also pretty, even on a cloudy rainy...More

Thank meg177348
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went hiking on the trails to the observation points. Saw so many birds and even raccoons. We had the best time

Thank Leeeser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this place two years ago and now came back to enjoy it again. This preserve was created on March 14, 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The preserve was created because the pelicans were being killed for their feathers and eggs and this place...More

Thank traveltheworld012
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Absolutely beautiful! Well maintained walking trails with lots of wildlife to see. A mother and two baby raccoons crossed our path before walking off. The overlook has a boardwalk path that tells when every National Wildlife Refuge was opened--each Refuge has a board in the...More

Thank Tony R
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
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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
2 April 2016|
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Response from Robin M | Reviewed this property |
Looks like question is answered!