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Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera

10001 Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 637-5521
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Amazing little wildlife refuge. I'm not a professional birdwatcher by any means. But enjoyed the area and the many many different birds that we saw. The wetlands were beautiful. Took tons of photos of birds and alligators. Very glad we dropped by while visiting this area.

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Indianapolis, IN
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

I was expecting something more remote. You are pretty close to shopping and houses. You can drive or walk through the 'wetlands', which really seem to be man made retention ponds. We did see wildlife though, so I guess we got what we came for. This would be a good place to go for someone who has trouble walking, but... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I imagine this is a bird watchers paradise. It was cool to drive through, although somewhat boring for small kids

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This lovely area of nature and birds has been taken over by an increase of speeding cars. It used to be quiet and overfilled with much wildlife. Now, hundreds of cars drive through and are destroying it. It is easy to understand that wildlife does not like speeding loud cars. It should only be open to cars 1-2 days a... More

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36 helpful votes 36 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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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 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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