Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach

#3 of 18 in Parks in Vero Beach
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and part of the Everglades Headwaters NWR complex, located just off the western coast of Orchid Island in the Indian River Lagoon east of Sebastian, Florida. The refuge consists of a 3-acre (12,000 m2) island that includes an additional 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) of surrounding water and is located off the east coast of Florida of the Indian River Lagoon. Established by an executive order of President Theodore Roosevelt on March 14, 1903, Pelican Island was the first National wildlife refuge in the United States. It was created to protect egrets and other birds from extinction through plume hunting.

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  • This refuge has a beautiful boardwalk and nice trails. It is peaceful and a nice break from the more touristy attractions in Florida. Don't just go to Florida for the amusement parks and beaches...  more »
  • Arrived at 3:30 PM. We wished we arrived earlier so we could take more in. Rode our bikes on part of the Jungle Trail. Next time considering doing the full loop of the Jungle Trail and A1A which we...  more »

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