Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, Vero Beach

4.3
#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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  • Great place to walk and observe nature. Numerous trains and a lot of birds. It’s an easy walk, in a pretty setting.  more »
  • Went on the trails with my husband and kids ranging in age from 14 yrs old - 2 yrs old. Trails were easy even for the little one. I did keep her in the stroller most of time just so we can go...  more »

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