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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
Phone Number: (321) 861-0667
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than...
This wildlife conservation park is home to more endangered species than anywhere else in America.
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We were told about this while visiting Kennedy Space Center by one of the staff there. After following the crowds around central Florida for a week, it was so refresing to be the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We were told about this while visiting Kennedy Space Center by one of the staff there. After following the crowds around central Florida for a week, it was so refresing to be the only car we saw on the wildlife loop! We saw multiple gators in the wild, a wild boar, snakes, and lots of birds. We then proceeded to... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you want a slower pace attraction that can yield every bit as much fun as the other Central Florida attractions and a lot less expensive consider spending time at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It can be a little intimidating because of it's size but armed with a map, some good advice from the great staff and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. I recommend this place to all of my friends and family. While there are no restaurants, boardwalks, etc. that is what we love about it. It is all natural!

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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

great place for bird watchers. We take out of town guests there took look for local wildlife. MINWR also has a nice visitor center.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Wonderful visit. The volunteers at the visitors center are extremely helpful. The wildlife was very exciting for all ages in my group.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Fantastic place to see nature in its environment. A winding road takes you through areas were alligators are sunning themselves 20 feet away. You can see Ibis, Pelicans, Osprey, Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and much more

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A six-mile ++ ride through the back country of the wildlife refuge was AWESOME. Some things you might see, depending on the season are: wild hogs, rabbits, snakes, gators, all different types of birds, raccoons and wild turkeys. You can drive the one lane unpaved road for many miles at a very slow pace and enjoy the lack of street... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Nice drive and we saw lots of birds, but really not that special. We did see a couple nice sized turtles as well, but the sites were fairly typical for Florida. Cheap though and the money I'm sure goes to a good cause. The best thing was the pamphlet which taught us a few things about the local ecosystem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

First went to visitor center for lots of good information. Used our senior national pass and they gave us a holder to hang from mirror. Enjoyed the beach and went to the Bairs Cove Boat Ramp and saw at least 20 Manatees one day playing and sticking their nose up. They normally don't come out of the water very much.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Wonderful scenery and well kept paths. Many great places to see the interesting tundra and wildlife.

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Additional Information about Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address: State Road 402, (5 miles east of Titusville), Merritt Island, FL 32782
Phone Number: (321) 861-0667
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Brevard County  >  Merritt Island

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