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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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Amazing plave

Wonderful place to take a self guided tour through the local environment Saw many species of birds including brown pelicans cranes & even a flamingo in the wild. Also spotted a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to take a self guided tour through the local environment Saw many species of birds including brown pelicans cranes & even a flamingo in the wild. Also spotted a few alligators The manatee viewing deck is an absolute must do. We were up close and able to watch manatees including a baby. I could have stayed there for... More 

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Middleville, Michigan
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Went looking for the Painted Bunting, but was skunked! However, did hear two Barred owls hooting to each other on the walk way around the visitor center.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We have been here before when the water levels were higher and it was much more interesting with a lot more wildlife to see. Today was a bit disappointing but we just picked the wrong time to go. All the canals were pretty dry, very few gators to see and not very many birds. But we know it's potential so... More 

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Bellevue, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had a relaxing drive through the park with lots of beautiful scenery. The Manatee viewing was wonderful.

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Portland, Oregon
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153 reviews 153 reviews
27 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had an unusually cool and rainy day but still decided to check out the reserve. The visitor center is great with a telescope focused on a osprey nest. Great little path to walk on near the center. But what we enjoyed was the driving tour you can take through the wetlands. We saw tons of birds. The alligators were... More 

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Hudson, FL
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241 reviews 241 reviews
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We've been here many times with varying experiences. This one wasn't the greatest, but we did see a variety of birds I rarely see: black necked stilts, ruddy ducks, and roseate spoonbills. We saw a few alligators here, too. We'll return if we visit this general area again.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife and I have visited this place many times in the last 10 years and it never fails to please. We have a vacation home in Orlando and often have friends from the UK staying and we never fail to bring them here. Cameras are a MUST by the way as there are always dozens of different species of... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

First, if you want to see alligators, this is the place to go. We've never gone and not seen any. But it is also fun to go at different times of the year to see the different birds that pass through. I'm not a birder, but this is the kind of place that could turn me into one. It is... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Remote beaches, plentiful wildlife and many side trails make this a great location to see Florida in its natural state. We saw alligators, pelicans, flamingos, manatees, armadillos, and numerous other wildlife and aquatic birds while learning about the history of the area. Great way to spend a day! $5 entry fee for cars. Double digit beaches were "clothing optional".

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Titusville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The trails are amazing. If you are looking for the "Real" Florida don't miss the refuge. Wildlife and bird enthusiast, this is a must see.

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