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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera

10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 637-5521
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Ranked #3 of 24 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Melbourne, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great place in the breeding season to see many different birds. During the summer there are still a lot of opportunities to observe birds, alligators, turtles, deer and otters. As it is not a park a lot of the more common conveniences are not available but the wildlife more than makes up for it!!!!

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Unlike the large airboats, that are so loud, wildlife goes running before you even come close. Here, you just drive along in your car and stop and take pictures of the gators just out the window. It makes a great picnic spot! This is where we take all of our out of town guests to check out the local wildlife!... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I'm an amateur photographer and this place has loads of photo ops.....If you go take a pair of binoculars and a camera.

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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15 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It's hard to find. It smells weird. And once you're there, you're like... what is this place? Terrible signage. Zero tourist-friendly perqs. No guides or tours. It's a dirt road that loops through a swamp. You may see some birds and a gator or two, but you can see these at any lake in Brevard County. I don't get it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera is located at the north-western end of Wickham Road. It is a large native wetlands, supported by treated wastewater and runoff. I've observed alligators, deer, racoons, squirrels, bats, and thousands of birds including over a hundred species from giant storks to osprey to small finches. you can drive through much of the preserve,... More

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Ocoee, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I have lived in the Central FL area for about a year. I have visited several spots on the Great Florida Birding Trail but this location had not bubbled up on my list until today. I found the park charming with plenty of birds throughout my stay on site. I found at least a dozen species of birds while there... More

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Coffeyville, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

As we drove thru the park, there was plenty to see. It was a beautiful drive and enjoyed the wildlife. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Wetlands are just a natural delight. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and birders. We go there about every other week. Different species are there at different times. Don't expect gorgeous scenery...it IS a Florida wetlands, a very definitive ecosystem. We have seen numerous birds and mammals and reptiles there as well as deer, otters, etc. Saw a mother otter nursing... More

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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This is a must see destination if visiting the Viera/Melbourne area. Bring the camera, there are so many photo opportunities. If you've never seen a caracara this is the place to visit. I'd visit once a month if I could just to see what birds decided to stop by for a visit. There are alligators, otters, deer, armadillo and a... More

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Okeechobee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Very pleasant outdoor experience. Native Florida birds and plants. Areas to stop and enjoy the view. Bring a snack, I would have stayed all day if I had!

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