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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 26 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We are not from Florida, but if you live close to this beautiful place and haven't visited it you are missing out on a gem. We went there on a lark. It turned out to be a great find. Observed many different types of native birds. We saw two alligators up close and personal, luckily they were small and not... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

One of the best kept secrets of the Viera area. Take your camera and lenses and go on a drive through photo safari.

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Melbourne, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I love the fact that they took the run off and holding ponds for the local sewage treatment plant and use them to provide a clean area for wildlife to thrive. Alligators, birds and fish fill the ponds and there is a road that runs thru-out tje wet lands with ample benches to sit and watch or just pull over... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Viera, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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